December 16, 2005

WVSU Has Global Appeal

"…'We have gone from having a medium-sized signal that could only reach so many people to now having unlimited opportunities. We can reach listeners all over the world'..."

by Caroline Catlett, Senior Journalism and Mass Communication Major

WVSU logoSince WVSU started streaming online at www.al.com/wvsu in Spring 2005 the station has received many positive responses from across the nation. General Manager Andy Parrish said, "In the last couple of weeks I've gotten a few e-mails from people in the U.K. One lady said we were the best jazz station she has found online."

"We are very thankful to al.com for providing this service with no cost to us," Parrish said. "We have gone from having a medium-sized signal that could only reach so many people to now having unlimited opportunities. We can reach listeners all over the world."

Parrish has received responses from Samford alumni who listen to WVSU in states across the country. "I had one graduate who now lives in Hollywood e-mail me saying he listens to the station. Also, one of our former station managers who is in New York goes online and tunes in. It's a good opportunity for people to stay connected to Samford," Parrish said.

WVSU broadcasts many of Samford's athletic events including all of the football games, many of the men's and women's basketball games and some baseball and softball games. Parrish said, "This gives alumni and family members who are unable to attend the games an opportunity to tune in. They can follow the team while they're on the road."

Whether it's through faculty speeches, athletic events or the smooth jazz music, WVSU has sparked widespread interest. "I am excited to see what's to come for WVSU. Now that we are available to so many people, anything is possible."

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