2 The Compass Thursday, September 28,2000 mm How did you spend your summer vacation? by Stacy Brock Keith Richardson Sophomore “I worked as a VANS and then I worked my part-time jobs at Lady Footlocker and Oh! Brians.” Yvonne Ribeiro-Yemofio Sophomore “This summer I worked at NASA with producers to make sure that all information that is put in movies, shows or documentaries is correct.” I Bobby Jean Hayman Senior “I worked at the Country Club this summer and at Applebee’s.” Abrian Carter Senior “I was a tutor and counselor for St. Paul’s College Upward Bound Program.” Jordan Williams Junior “I worked and trained for football.” WRVS’Jazz Format Receives Mixed Views by Inger L. Parker Copy Editor In October of 1999, WRVS (Wonder ful Radio Viking Style) 89.9 ECSU, the campus radio station, changed its radio format. WRVS was formerly an R&B formatted station. The new format con tains a schedule that allows gospel music to be heard throughout the morning on weekdays until 11am. From 11am until 10pm are the jazz shows, with a small amount of R&B added. The "hip-hop connection" be gins at 10pm and ends at lam. This October, WRVS will celebrate one year of their new smooth jazz for mat that consists of an hourly National Public Radio newscast, community talk shows and early morning gospel music. WRVS is supported by and caters to the community in making church an nouncements, public service an nouncements, locally produced pub lic affairs programs, and live cover age. The station also strives to celebrate with their listeners, whether it is a birthday, a graduation, or a retirement. The radio station has been success ful as far as the community's response to their new format. They have been very fortunate during Successfest, their semiannual fund-raising drive. Through the support of the community, they successfully raised more than $25,000 during the drive last spring. Although WRVS gained support from the community, many ECSU stu dent listeners were dissatisfied. When the format changed a year ago, WRVS lost most of its student listeners and supporters. Many students com plain that WRVS is supposed to be a campus radio station for the students, but fail to the play music that they would like to hear. Most of the stu dents say that they rarely or never lis ten to WRVS 89.9. Most of the students tune in to "103 Jams" or "love 100." When they do tune in to WRVS 89.9, it is usually only at certain times. These times include, "Early Morning Joy" and "Morning Joy" from 6am until 11am and the "hip-hop connection" from 10pm until lam. Students almost al ways avoid the jazz shows like "Mel low Moods" from 11am until 2pm, "The RM. Cruise" from 2pm until 6pm, and "Nitewinds" from 6pm until 10pm. "It is a little too much jazz," says ECSU junior Fred Walston Jr. Walston also feels that the "hip-hop connection" was moved to a less convenient time. It was formerly on from 7pm until 10pm and then "Nitewinds" was on from 10pm until lam. "When people are going to sleep at night they want to listen to mellow music, not hip-hop." Walston confirms that most students listen to other radio stations. He says, " I usually listen to '103 Jams' or 'Love 100.'" Sophomore Antonio Barrow says that there was more of a variety of music with the old format. He further stated that 89.9 should have more R&B during the day. Barrow claims that he only listens to 89.9 during the gospel segment. Junior Katrievia Rodgers, who admits that she is just" not a jazz person," says that she only listens to 89.9 for mostly the gospel music. She is one of the stu dents who change the dial from 89.9 after the gospel goes off to 'Love 100,' which plays gospel music all the time. There are many other students be sides Walston, Barrow and Rodgers who wonder why the campus radio station changed its format. The general manager of WRVS, Mrs. Edith Thorpe, says that consultant Loretta Rucker of Rucker Communica tions, observed WRVS, seeing where WRVS was and where the station needed to be. Thorpe further stated that the jazz format was implemented because the University wanted the sound of the campus radio station to reflect the mu sic of an institution of higher learning, and jazz is a genre of music which re flects educated and intelligent adults. Thorpe stated that statistics show that jazz listeners are more loyal listeners and, therefore, more loyal givers dur ing the fund-raising drives. These sta tistics lend another reason for the for mat change. She claims R&B can be found at any other station, and at those stations people can get that type of mu sic for "free." As a consequence, those listeners are less supportive during fund-raising drives. Although fund-raisers are not their sole source of funding, Thorpe admits that the support they receive from these kinds of drives played a large part in the decision to revise the for mat. Most of the station's financial backers are jazz listeners. Thorpe further explained that the need for member support is largely due to the 100 percent cut in public radio stations' budgets by state administrators. When Thorpe was questioned about WRVS's biggest priority — students or the community-at-large — Thorpe stated, "WRVS is a public broadcast ing facility who serves public interest, converuence, and necessity and stu dents are a part of the public, but they are not the only public that we broadcast to." Do you tike the Jazz ^ format on WRUS? ^ • Dves Qno • Check box, cut out, and drop into survey box located in the University Center, Library or Computer Lab. —Thanks!