LIU Post Radio WCWP Celebrates 50 Years On Air
At 4 p.m. on March 16, 1965, WCWP 88.1 FM broadcast live from Long Island University’s Brookville campus for the first time. The public radio station celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special broadcast featuring WCWP alumni from the past five decades live on air from Studio One in the Benjamin Abrams Communication Center.
“This is a milestone [that] can be shared by multiple generations of LIU Post students. WCWP is a unique place with a storied history of excellence and innovation,” said Dan Cox P’85, WCWP’s director of broadcasting.
The anniversary show was hosted by Jeff Kroll P’75, who also hosts The Rock Show on 88.1 FM. It featured WCWP alumni from the last five decades, including Hank Neimark P’64, former station manager, and the first-ever voice heard on WCWP-FM, who rang in the occasion precisely the way he had 50 years before; delivering his original tagline, “first on your FM dial.” Guest alumni shared stories from their tenure at the LIU Post radio station while Kroll took calls from listeners—mostly other WCWP alumni.
“WCWP has been not only a place for students to learn and practice radio broadcasting, but [is also] a second home to many,” Cox said. One of the defining characteristics of WCWP-FM is the diversity of majors that have roamed the station’s halls for the past 50 years. “You do not have to be a media or broadcast major to work at WCWP. Many of our members and alumni just love music, sports, news, and want to be involved in an organization that will improve their communication skills. Our greatest accomplishment is the feeling of family and community among our current staff, students, community volunteers, and alumni,” he added.
“[I] learned everything I know [from working at WCWP],” Kroll said. “I was just an 18-year-old kid. I knew nothing when I walked in here other than I wanted to be involved in radio.” Eventually I became a disc jockey, which I really had no intention of doing, and now I still do that. It’s still fun after all these years.”
Samantha Negron, a sophomore broadcasting major and coordinator for Midday Madness and Total Access programming at WCWP, said, “Seeing [the alumni] come in is really awesome. They’re so enthusiastic; they love it here, they love what they do, and I just see a lot of that in me. I hope that one day, maybe 50 years from now, I could be doing something like they’re doing.”
“It’s really cool to be here hearing the history of the station from the last 50 years, and how they’ve made it better and better over time,” said Peter Sacoulas, a sophomore Information Technology major who is the technical operations engineer for the station. “Today, I’m here helping make it even better for the
next generation to come, and the generations after that. And I hope I’m here for the 100th anniversary.”
—By Alyssa Seidman P'16, LIU Magazine Spring 2015 (a version of this story was originally published in The Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post)