ABOUT WVCW RADIO
WVCW radio is a student-run radio station features an eclectic mix of indie and specialty music, talk shows and award-winning local music video series like the Chalkboard Sessions.
WVCW’s origins began in 1968 in the basement of the Millheiser House as a carrier current AM radio station known as WJRB, which stood for James River Broadcasting. After a successful run as WJRB, the station changed its call letters in apx 1977 to WVCW. At the time the student staff was trying to expand WJRB from a club into a real radio station, and tried to change the call letters to WVCU. After being told that they station could not be called WVCU, the station asked the FCC for permission to change its call letters to WVCW (double-U) as a way to stick it to the man.
In 1976, WVCW was named one of the top college radio stations in the country by Billboard magazine (12/25/76 issue). WVCW continued on carrier current AM at both 820 AM and later 640 AM until the early 2000s. In 1991, the station relocated to the new T. Edward Temple building and began broadcasting on Continental Cable FM. The relationship with cable FM lasted for over a decade despite the difficulties of connecting to a cable FM station.
In 2001, WVCW began its next chapter as an Internet only radio station first broadcasting on WVCW.cc before moving to the WVCW.org site it uses today.
The station made the move to Broad Street along with the other student media organizations with the creation of the VCU Student Media Center in 2005.
In 2015, WVCW began to simulcast its programming on WHAN through an arrangement with WTJU, owned by the University of Virginia, who operated the Ashland-based WHAN until 2017 WVCW broadcasts aired on WHAN from 6 pm to 1 am Monday – Thursday and from 9 pm to 1 am on Fridays. Upon the end of the agreement with WTJU/WHAN, WVCW returned to being an internet exclusive radio station.
The station is available on the go and through Amazon Alexa and Google Home via TuneIn.
Ilse Grace Thomas
Have you ever wanted to be on the radio? Do you love music? Is music not your thing but you love sports, news, video, graphic design, production, writing, and more? Are you just looking for people to hang out with? You should join our team!
How do I get involved with WVCW?
We always have opportunites on-air, on our music, promotions and production teams, sports broadcasting as well as podcast and video opportunities for our Chalkboard Sessions. All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] and let us know that you’re interested.
My band would like to perform on one of the upcoming WVCW Chalkboard Sessions. How do I get them booked?
Bands that are interested in appearing in an upcoming chalkboard session should contact our Chalkboard Sessions Director at [email protected].
What is the frequency for the station?
We don’t have one. WVCW is a web only station so we are not available “over the air” on FM or AM. That said, to listen on the go, you can find us on TuneIn, our app, or here at wvcw.org.
I have a band, How do I get my music played on-air?
Just contact our music director at [email protected] with information about your band and link to your music.
We’re a local band, would you play our music on-air?
If you are a RVA or Virginia band, send us an email with a link to the .mp3 of the songs that you would like us to play to [email protected].
I want to do a podcast but not a radio show. Is this possible?
Definitely! To get involved with making a podcast with us, please contact us at [email protected] and let us know what you are looking to do.
Do you guys have SWAG and how do I score some?
Every semester we are out and about on campus giving away stickers, T-shirts, music, and more! If you see us, stop by our tent and ask. Stickers are available by stopping by the SMC at 817 W Broad Street, and asking for one.