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WETD
WETD logo.png
City of license Alfred, New York
Branding 90.7 FM the Leap
Frequency 90.7 MHz
Format Variety
ERP 360 watts
HAAT 94.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 63129
Transmitter coordinates 42°15′37.00″N 77°47′51.00″W / 42.26028°N 77.7975°W / 42.26028; -77.7975
Owner State University of New York
(Alfred State College)
Website http://WETD.FM [1]

Not to be confused with Much Music's show We're Experiencing Technical Difficulties.


WETD (90.7 FM) is a college radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Alfred, New York, USA. The station is currently owned by State University of New York.[1]

History

In the early ‘60’s, Alfred State College students tinkered with radio paraphernalia, providing entertainment to Happy Valley. A few Engineering Technology faculty and staff took an interest, and soon WETD (W Engineering Technology Department) was an official radio station broadcasting at 10 watts from the Engineering Building. There were strict programming and hours of operation… it was a character building time for WETD, but mostly engineering based.

By the late 60’s, music and radio were a powerful means of social awareness, which drew more than just engineers to the studio. The 70’s saw a campus-wide involvement by students from all curricula, resulting in Alfred State College Student Senate funding the operation as a student club/organization.

In the 70's, the station moved its operations to the basement of the Orvis Activities Center, with much needed equipment improvements… new turntables, cassette and reel to reel tape decks, cart machines and a 50 watt transmitter. But visibility was an issue, so plans were drafted in the 90’s to move the studios to its current location with more space, and much more transmitter power and technology options. Recently, WETD received an FCC-approved construction permit to increase power from 350 watts to 3.5 kilowatts.

Today, WETD is actively involved in the local communities through on-air radio interviews and event announcements, and off-air through DJ events and community service projects. In March 2008, WETD identified and then raised from fellow students over $1,100 for needed children’s supplies at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville (town), New York (Press Release), and was later awarded the 2007-08 Community Service Award by the Alfred State College Student Senate for this. In November, 2008, WETD DJ’s assisted in raising over $1,500 for Literacy Vounteers of Allegany County'sBreakfast with Santa program, and then volunteered to serve as Santa's Helper for these students and their families at the breakfast (Press Release).

WETD students are committed to providing the best variety of music and programming within the Federal Communications Commission's FCC regulations, as well as meeting the communities needs both on-air and off. WETD holds educational membership with the New York State Broadcasting Association (NYSBA)and Broadcast Education Association (BEA). For more information, visit WETD online.

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