The WPSC 30th Celebration
by Mike Bonte Program

Celebrating 30 Years of FM Operation

Mike Bonte Program
Mike Bonte Program

December 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of WPSC-FM signing on the air. To mark the occasion, an unprecedented event was put together.

The original idea came out of a meeting between Dr. Rob Quicke (GM of WPSC-FM) and Mike Bonte (WPSC-FM 1996-1998) back in 2014. While digging through an old file cabinet of memorabilia, we started talking about all the formats, differing ideologies, and many personalities that had passed through WPSC-FM... both as it existed as an FM facility, and in the many years leading up to signing on FM. WPSC-FM had been holding Alumni Takeover Weekends for a few years at that point, but this was different.

The idea was simple... bring together as many past personalities as possible, and attempt to program the station in 24 hour blocks that would represent the way the station sounded during each particular "era."

The eras ultimately chosen were: WPSC AM 590, WPSC AP Radio (also known as Cable Rock 98.5), LaserHits 89 PSC, HitRadio 88.7 WPSC-FM, North Jersey's Indepdendent Rock, and Brave New Radio. A committee was put together with "program directors" assigned to each day. Staff was rounded up, and a celebratory lunch event was scheduled.

The week started with Gary & Cheri Yacono just after midnight, on Monday morning, December 3, 2018, and ended with Nicole Parente just before midnight on Saturday, December 8, 2018. In that span of time, 62 years of William Paterson radio history was relived.

Audio Recordings

For the event, Mike Bonte installed a solid state recording device to capture studio quality sound in uncompressed WAV file format. Close to 144 hours of audio (covering the entire week) was captured. This audio is available to participants of the event. Please contact Mike Bonte for more information.

30th Event Audio Index

Updated:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Page By:  Mike Bonte Program

30th Celebration - 590 AM Day

Gary & Cheri Yacono were responsible for coordinating the 590 AM day, which took place on 12/3/18. Below is the text they wrote, and which Gary read live on the air just past midnight at the beginning of their format to kick off the event:

We’re about to embark on a journey. A celebration in the making for 51 years!

In 1966 William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ started a radio station. The Voice of William Paterson College, WPSC 59 AM. We could broadcast in the dorms and the Student Center lunch area. We shortly later were able to get cable TV to broadcast us on Cablevision Channel B as well. This continued at the College and the students at WPSC continued to work toward obtaining an FM radio license.

In 1988 WPSC obtained that FM license from the FCC. Students have been attempting to do this for 21 years before this reality happened 30 years ago.

This week WPSC is going to bring you through these years of progress as we celebrate that moment 30 years ago when WPSC obtained their FM license. Many students worked for years and it passed from class to class without ever giving up the dream of being an FM radio station.

Starting now we are taking you on this journey from 1966 to December 2018 through 6 eras of WPSC. 24 hours a day with the music each day of each era. From the Voice of William Paterson College 59 AM to the now the multiple award winning Brave New Radio 88.7.

This is a Celebration of 30 years of WPSC-FM and the students and professors that made it so successful.

Dedicated to all the people that made WPSC radio over these past 51 years what it is today!

Welcome to the Alumni Celebration Week of WPSC-FM Radio as each day alumni return to the air waves with the music of their generation and perhaps yours.

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30th Celebration - LaserHits 89 PSC Day

Photos from the LaserHits 89 PSC Day

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30th Celebration - HitRadio Day

Photos from the HitRadio Day

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