WKUF's 10th Anniversary!

Today marks the 10th anniversary of WKUF. As someone who has been there from almost the beginning, I am proud to say we've come a long way.

When WKUF hit the airwaves, the world was a very different place:

  • Facebook was 2 years and 1 week away from being available to the general public.
  • YouTube didn't exist
  • The Nokia 2600 was the top-selling mobile phone
  • Alana Thompson wasn't born yet

Below is a summary of our humble beginnings:

On November 19, 2004 at 12:30 PM, WKUF-LP officially kicked off its broadcast with then-president Scott Porter giving a speech over the airwaves. As the speech was being read in the broadcast studio, a radio receiver was set up in the Great Court for all to hear. Steve Proper, who had originally prepared for the creation of the station, spoke as did Melverne Mills Jr., the Program Director and Steve Schwartz. Finally, Alan Delos Santos introducing the first official song broadcast by the station, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles (a reference to the inaugural broadcast of MTV).

Here is the transcript of the speech given by Scott Porter for our first broadcast:

Good Afternoon. You are listening to the very first broadcast of WKUF-LP 94.3 Flint from the campus of Kettering University. My name is Scott Porter, I’m the student Station Manager for WKUF and it is my pleasure to present Kettering University and the Flint community with a new radio voice – our radio voice. Kettering, Flint, this is your station. For everyone involved with the Low Power FM Radio Effort, the construction of this station has been simply unreal: It is not often that a vision becomes a reality, but today’s broadcast shows that dreams do come true. We are so thankful for this opportunity and feel privileged to be a part of this project. This is such an exciting day for us!

Making it to this point has not been easy – it’s taken four years and the efforts of many individuals to reach this goal. We would have never made it this far without the support of those who believed in this vision and made contributions to the project. I want to publicly recognize those who helped out with this project. The station would like to thank: Dr. James John, the University President, who supported us throughout this endeavor. Dr. Patrick Deese believed in the LPFM Station and he drove this project from concept to reality. Dr. Deese gave the station both much-needed advice and financial resources – Dr. Deese was instrumental to the success of this project – we could not have done this without him. Thank you Dr. Deese! Kettering Student Government generously supported the station’s startup finances – without their support this station would have never happened. KSG joined us in this vision – they empowered us to create change here at Kettering. Thank you KSG! Diane Vyvyan, our Coordinator for Student Media, has gone above and beyond in supporting this effort and without her, this station would not be here today. Diane has been there for us every step of the way – Thank you Diane! Dr. McLaughlin from the ECE department made an outstanding contribution by planning the tower construction and designing our antenna. We are indebted to Dr. McLaughlin for the superior quality of work and expertise he brought to the project! Thank you Dr. McLaughlin! The LPFM Advisory Committee has helped tremendously with the planning and organization of the station. The members all take time from their busy schedules to support WKUF. We appreciate this. Thank you Advisory Committee! Lisa Phillips from the Cooperative Education Department. Lisa’s support of the station and her constant encouragement have helped us reach this goal. Thank you Lisa! The Flint Local 432 hosted a special LPFM benefit concert for us last spring. Having the support of the Local has been a motivator for us to reach this goal. Thank you Flint Local 432. And lastly, but certainly not in anyway the least, I would like to extend a wholehearted thank you to the student staff of WKUF. What these students have done has been incredible and I am extremely proud of the work that they have done. I look up to each and every one of these individuals with the greatest respect for the work that they have done. WKUF Members, thank you!

And thank you listeners! We feel privileged to be your new local FM station!

10 years later, on behalf of everyone at WKUF, I'd like to again thank the listeners. With the many entertainment options available, the support we've gotten from the people who tune us in has been gratifying. I'd also like to thank the numerous Kettering students, faculty staff and community members who have been a part of WKUF for our 1st 10 years. Whether it was big or small, their contributions have helped make WKUF what it is today.

Below is the video for "Goodies" by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo. This was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when WKUF hit the airwaves.



From the WKUF Archives: The Poor Al's on The Creative Alliance Showcase

This Wednesday November 19th marks the 10th anniversary of WKUF. Can you believe it?! In honor of the occasion, I'll be doing a variety of posts about our 10 year history.

This post covers one of our former shows, The Creative Alliance Showcase. Hosted by BMo Green and airing Fridays from noon to 2 pm on WKUF, The Creative Alliance Showcase played host to variety of artists and musicians from Flint. During his 1/30/09 broadcast, BMo conducted an interview with the folk duo The Poor Al's (pictured above l-r, Al Harris and Ali Misner). Because I was intrigued to find out what The Poor Al's were up to these days, I did a Google search. I discovered they now perform under the name Arlow Xan.

The clip below is the 1st part of BMo's interview with The Poor Al's. You can watch the rest of the interview by going to BMo's YouTube account here.



The Retro Mix Playlist for 11/15/14: #1 Hits of the 90s

The following songs were #1 on various Billboard charts: pop, R&B, country, modern rock, rock, AC, and dance

6 pm hour

I'm Your Baby Tonight- Whitney Houston
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead- XTC
Mary Jane's Last Dance- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Knockin' Da Boots- H-Town
Cream- Prince & the New Power Generation
Around the World- Daft Punk
(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here- Shania Twain
Heart-Shaped Box- Nirvana
Love Is- Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight
No Diggity- BLACKstreet
Hip Hop Hooray- Naughty by Nature
Forgotten Years- Midnight Oil

7 pm hour

Baby Got Back- Sir-Mix-A-Lot
Exclusivity- Damian Dame
Hard to Handle- The Black Crowes
Zombie- The Cranberries
I'm Your Angel- Celine Dion & R. Kelly
The Blues- Tony, Toni, Tone
MMMBop- Hanson
This Kiss- Faith Hill
Are You Gonna Go My Way- Lenny Kravitz
Can You Feel the Love Tonight- Elton John
Bills, Bills, Bills- Destiny's Child
3AM Eternal- The KLF
Can't Stop- After 7

8 pm hour

One Week- Barenaked Ladies
Selling the Drama- Live
Remember the Time- Michael Jackson
Hold On- En Vogue
When You Love a Woman- Journey
Until It Sleeps- Metallica
This Is How We Do It- Montell Jordan
Stomp- God's Property feat. Cheryl "Salt" James & Kirk Franklin
No Scrubs- TLC
Twisted- Keith Sweat
Losing My Religion- R.E.M.
Get a Leg Up- John Mellencamp
U Can't Touch This- M.C. Hammer

The Retro Mix Video of the Week:


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