by Rachel Gould
When someone speaks of making the world a better place, images of mission trips and service projects typically come to mind, yet for a few students here at FHU, serving the community all begins with a microphone.
WFHU FM 91.5 is Freed-Hardeman’s own radio station, which broadcasts not only to the Henderson community but across twelve counties spanning Tennessee and Mississippi as well. Seniors Spencer Davidson and Joshua Bolen are two of the 18 member student staff operating the station that feature music from the 80’s, 90’s, and today. Davidson is Program Director and Operations Manager, while Bolen is Sports and Production Director.
Under Davidson’s leadership, the station has grown from simply being a college radio station to being a regional competitor on the airwaves. Davidson’s morning program, “Spencer in the Morning,” has gathered a large following thanks to its commentary on current events, entertainment, technology, and politics. Davidson’s program is not the only one attracting attention though. The current music appeals to all demographics, while program such as Bolen’s show, “Over the Fence,” also reach out to the community through an emphasis on local interests like agricultural news.
Working at FM 91.5 has been both immensely challenging as well as incredibly rewarding for the students on the staff. Working in the station is a job, requiring the students to stay on top of the information flow in order to stay current to both students and the community. Unlike most stations, 95% of the content is created in-house, giving the students a lot of hands-on experience. Learning as they go, the staff has discovered the best ways to be professional as well as how to work with the physical demands of balancing classes, social life, and a business. Despite the “blood, sweat, and tears” of the job, Davidson pointed out that covering occasions like the recent election or the incidents in Benghazi are rewarding because he is able to share with the listening ears of the region the events that are shaping the world at large as well as shaping history. And of course, he and the rest of the staff enjoy perks like having access to new albums from Mumford and Sons or Coldplay before they are released to the public.
For anyone not able to tune into the station currently, FM 91.5 will soon be available through iHeartRadio. We will tweet about it when the station is up and running, so be keeping an eye on Twitter (@fhuadmissions) for the update.