Saturday, April 28, 2012

40 Years and Counting


STLCC-FV campus radio station 89.5 The Wave Celebrates their 40th anniversary of broadcasting to the North County area.

By JEFF SILER
of KCFV and
Forum Guest Writer

 

     On April 17, 1972, KCFV-FM signed on the air at 89.5 on the FM dial with 10 watts of power. KCFV-Ferguson was initiated by three students who approached the president of the college about the possibility of having a federally licensed station. Currently operating at 100 watts of power, KCFV’s personnel are Mass Communications students who volunteer their time or earn college credit. KCFV can also be found on the internet at www.stlcc.edu/kcfv    
    Over the years the station has seen their share of celebrities. Such as Donnie Fandango of 105.7 The Point, DJ Kut of Foxy 95.5 and formerly of New York’s Power 105.1, KPLR’s Dan Gray, and many others started on the campus of Florissant Valley at KCFV.
     This years April 17th anniversary Tuesday will be remembered for a long time because people came together from many different places to share their memories and stories of the station. DJ Kut made his return to KCFV and sat in with DJ Kyle Kostecki and talked about his time at the station. Alumni such as E.B. Stephenson and Paul Jackson also stopped by to share their stories, while other alumni such as Rob Levy and Sam Kaiser called in to talk about their time on 89.5 The Wave.
     Kaiser was a particularly special call-in interview because he was one of the very first DJ’s to take to the air waves and he shared stories of how KCFV came to be. Levy was also a fun interview because when he was originally at the station he worked with Stephenson and it just so happened that Stephenson was at the station when Levy called in and the two alumni DJ’s got the opportunity to reconnect “on-air” with DJ Paul Langdon, a.k.a “Mose” at the shows helm.
     A special thank you goes to KCFV Station Manager Tim Gorry. None of the 40th celebration could have happened without relentless attention and planning on his part. Another special recognition and remembrance is extended to the late Diana Kirby because the majority of the alumni and staff, lucky enough to have known her, remember her as the Station Manager that inspired KCFV students for twenty years before passing away in June of 2007.

    

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