It was January 1977 when WNDN-FM (Indian Radio) was launched, spreading its 10 watts over most of the sprawling college campus. The Speech professor did the leg work of applying for the FCC license. The station lasted until at least the 1980s, but lacked the interest to keep it alive and the license was turned back in to the FCC.
A couple of years ago, the two main AM radio stations in Salisbury – WSTP-AM and WSAT-AM – fell into bankruptcy. A plan was developed to turn the licenses over to the control of the college without actually being owned by the college.
I had the opportunity to listen this weekend – during the football game, WSAT (with an FM translator) was doing live play by play – the only reason the college and the alumni in the area had interest in saving the station. At the top of the hour after the game, the station reverted to the automated satellite fed nostalgia format.
WSTP-AM had a very different trajectory – it was the local news/talk station, which back in the day carried G Gordon Liddy, among others.
According to TV station WBTV in Charlotte, attorney Bill Graham decided to pull the Conservative talk format
“We’re not going to keep the news/talk format,” Graham said. “I don’t want the college associated with a certain political stripe or ideology, and that just simply wouldn’t fit.”
This is the college from which North Carolina governor Pat McCrory graduated in 1978.
The station switched to Country music. I have no memory of ever hearing Country music in the dorm in the 1970s. WSTP died a quick death. It is currently silent with no plans to bring it back. The station is likely to have the license yanked for failing to operate. There was no signal on Saturday. Clinging to a silent station to protect precious snowflakes from exposure to Conservative ideas is failing to serve the public interest.