Today marks the 10th anniversary of WKUF. As someone who has been there from almost the beginning, I am proud to say we've come a long way.
When WKUF hit the airwaves, the world was a very different place:
- Facebook was 2 years and 1 week away from being available to the general public.
- YouTube didn't exist
- The Nokia 2600 was the top-selling mobile phone
- Alana Thompson wasn't born yet
Below is a summary of our humble beginnings:
On November 19, 2004 at 12:30 PM, WKUF-LP officially kicked off its broadcast with then-president Scott Porter giving a speech over the airwaves. As the speech was being read in the broadcast studio, a radio receiver was set up in the Great Court for all to hear. Steve Proper, who had originally prepared for the creation of the station, spoke as did Melverne Mills Jr., the Program Director and Steve Schwartz. Finally, Alan Delos Santos introducing the first official song broadcast by the station, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles (a reference to the inaugural broadcast of MTV).
Here is the transcript of the speech given by Scott Porter for our first broadcast:
Good Afternoon. You are listening to the very first broadcast of WKUF-LP 94.3 Flint from the campus of Kettering University. My name is Scott Porter, I’m the student Station Manager for WKUF and it is my pleasure to present Kettering University and the Flint community with a new radio voice – our radio voice. Kettering, Flint, this is your station. For everyone involved with the Low Power FM Radio Effort, the construction of this station has been simply unreal: It is not often that a vision becomes a reality, but today’s broadcast shows that dreams do come true. We are so thankful for this opportunity and feel privileged to be a part of this project. This is such an exciting day for us!
Making it to this point has not been easy – it’s taken four years and the efforts of many individuals to reach this goal. We would have never made it this far without the support of those who believed in this vision and made contributions to the project. I want to publicly recognize those who helped out with this project. The station would like to thank: Dr. James John, the University President, who supported us throughout this endeavor. Dr. Patrick Deese believed in the LPFM Station and he drove this project from concept to reality. Dr. Deese gave the station both much-needed advice and financial resources – Dr. Deese was instrumental to the success of this project – we could not have done this without him. Thank you Dr. Deese! Kettering Student Government generously supported the station’s startup finances – without their support this station would have never happened. KSG joined us in this vision – they empowered us to create change here at Kettering. Thank you KSG! Diane Vyvyan, our Coordinator for Student Media, has gone above and beyond in supporting this effort and without her, this station would not be here today. Diane has been there for us every step of the way – Thank you Diane! Dr. McLaughlin from the ECE department made an outstanding contribution by planning the tower construction and designing our antenna. We are indebted to Dr. McLaughlin for the superior quality of work and expertise he brought to the project! Thank you Dr. McLaughlin! The LPFM Advisory Committee has helped tremendously with the planning and organization of the station. The members all take time from their busy schedules to support WKUF. We appreciate this. Thank you Advisory Committee! Lisa Phillips from the Cooperative Education Department. Lisa’s support of the station and her constant encouragement have helped us reach this goal. Thank you Lisa! The Flint Local 432 hosted a special LPFM benefit concert for us last spring. Having the support of the Local has been a motivator for us to reach this goal. Thank you Flint Local 432. And lastly, but certainly not in anyway the least, I would like to extend a wholehearted thank you to the student staff of WKUF. What these students have done has been incredible and I am extremely proud of the work that they have done. I look up to each and every one of these individuals with the greatest respect for the work that they have done. WKUF Members, thank you!
And thank you listeners! We feel privileged to be your new local FM station!
10 years later, on behalf of everyone at WKUF, I'd like to again thank the listeners. With the many entertainment options available, the support we've gotten from the people who tune us in has been gratifying. I'd also like to thank the numerous Kettering students, faculty staff and community members who have been a part of WKUF for our 1st 10 years. Whether it was big or small, their contributions have helped make WKUF what it is today.
Below is the video for "Goodies" by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo. This was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when WKUF hit the airwaves.