WCRD celebrates 25th anniversary by launching mobile app

WCRD runs live coverage during one of the final Student Government Association debates Feb. 19 in Pruis Hall. WCRD celebrated its 25th anniversary this week. DN FILE PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK
WCRD runs live coverage during one of the final Student Government Association debates Feb. 19 in Pruis Hall. WCRD celebrated its 25th anniversary this week. DN FILE PHOTO JONATHAN MIKSANEK

Ball State’s campus radio station celebrated its 25th year of broadcasting by launching a new mobile app and free food today.

WCRD began broadcasting in 1988 as an AM station with the support of Ball State alumnus David Letterman and Ball State professor emeritus Darrell Wible. Now, the station broadcasts in FM and is the second largest student activity at Ball State, according to the WCRD website.

Payne Horning, general manager for WCRD said the station decided to celebrate its broadcasting anniversary by releasing a free app for the station.

The app allows users to stream the station live, see a program schedule, get weather updates and links to news stories. Horning said the station unveiled the app officially Thursday in the Letterman Building lobby.

On Saturday, WCRD will host a high school radio day in partnership with the Ball State Office of Admissions.

High school students from Indiana and Ohio, as well as some Ball State college students, were invited to learn about the radio industry and get tips from local professionals and WCRD alumni.

Speakers at the event include instructor Terry Heifetz of Indiana Public Radio and Jeff Smulyan, president of Emmis Communications.

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