Asnuntuck Community College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 26th for the new location of their radio station WACC 107.7. The station, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was relocated to the main corridor of Asnuntuck. The newly constructed and visible location allows students, staff, faculty and the community the opportunity to hear live music streamed in the hallway and watch, through the two large glass windows, students doing on-air work.
WACC 107.7 FM was the first FM station to go on the air at a Connecticut Community College campus back in 2003. WACC is the brainchild of Asnuntuck employee Tom Vesci. The station has grown with the times and is now heard around the world through their on-line stream. Listenership has grown from 20-50 listeners on an average day to 700 listeners each day. There have been several days where the numbers have climbed over 3,000. Listeners tune in from every corner of the world, including Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, Estonia and Ecuador, among other countries.
Asnuntuck offers a Communications program and the new studio will allow students to have on-air opportunities that will translate into skills employers in the broadcast field are looking for in employees. “It is one of the most technology advanced in all of the low powered FM stations in the country,” Vesci told those gathered for the ribbon cutting. Communications Coordinator Wendy Nelson was enthusiastic about the new location and equipment. “We are looking forward to what we can do in the new studios.”
Both Interim President James Lombella and President Emeritus Martha McLeod were applauded for their contribution and support of the move.