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Forsyth Tech Launches New FM Radio Station

105.1 WFOZ, The FORSe, Goes Live 9 am, Monday, March 23

As of 9 am on Monday, March 23, the Winston-Salem community will have a new radio station. That’s when faculty from Forsyth Tech’s Broadcasting & Production Technology program will officially introduce 105.1 FM WFOZ, The FORSe, a college/student-operated, non-commercial, 24/7 station with a unique music format completely new to this area.

The station, which will serve the community of license, Winston-Salem, from its radio broadcast studio in the Oak Grove Center on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem, will feature a format of “music gumbo.” According to adjunct radio instructor, Brian Anthony, the station will play a mix of country, adult contemporary, Top 40, classic rock and old-school R&B.

“We are going to take the best of everything in music we know is popular with students, faculty and within the community right now, and give them a fresh new listening experience,” says Anthony. “We want to create a theater of the mind.”

The station’s antenna was installed on Friday, March 20, on top of the Main Campus’ highest point—the roof of the five-story Tech Building.

“In addition to our music format, this station will be focused on engaging the community through public service announcements,” according to Amy Davis-Moore, program coordinator for the Broadcasting & Production Technology program. “Our station must follow the same requirements as commercial stations when it comes to serving the public interest.

“Our students will do the voice-over work for liners, PSA’s and pre-recorded shows as well as the station’s digital media promotion and public affairs and music programming, giving them real-world, on-the-job experience and leadership training in the radio environment before they even graduate. This will make them more employable when they start applying for jobs.”

Since 2012, the college has been streaming music 24/7 through an Internet station. The Internet streaming will continue, reflecting the programming of the new radio station, so that listeners outside of the station’s broadcast area can continue to tune in.

“We are so excited about the launch of 105.1,” Anthony says. “This station is going to speak volumes for all that’s happening at Forsyth Tech.”

Initially, public service announcements and required station identifications will be pre-recorded by students. Live programming is expected to be introduced to the format later this year.

About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech (forsythtech.edu) provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.

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