RCBC officials say the college is modernizing its radio programming with the launch of online station RCBC Radio.
Rowan College at Burlington County officials say the college is modernizing its radio programming with the launch of RCBC Radio — an online station that will give students real-world experience with 21st century technology.
“As a growing number of people are listening to radio through online streams, RCBC Radio will provide a modernized experience for both communications students and our listening audience,” said RCBC Acting President Michael Cioce. “The new RCBC Radio will preserve the programming that makes Z88.9 special while using current technology.”
RCBC will launch at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 at rcbc.edu/radio. The final broadcast of Z88.9, the college’s current FM station, will air 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.
Officials say RCBC Radio’s priority will be on students. It will be located at the Mt. Laurel Campus in Laurel Hall, home of RCBC’s Liberal Arts Division, to align with the division’s Entertainment Technology Program. Radio Production is part of this program, which has a transfer path to Rowan University’s Radio, Television and Film program.
Current Radio Operations Manager Jay Varga, who has more than a decade of experience in commercial radio on CBS stations such as WYSP and WIP, and WAYV in Atlantic City, will lead RCBC radio and teach radio production. The station’s volunteer and student DJs have been invited to take their programs to the new online format.
“RCBC Radio will remain a community resource,” Varga said. “The station has led students to careers at media outlets including Boom 103.9 FM, NJ Advance Media and NBC Sports Philadelphia. RCBC Radio will continue to build on that legacy by providing a modern experience that our listeners can enjoy anywhere they like.”
To celebrate more than 20 years of Z88.9, the station will hold its final “Festival of Music on Your Radio,” from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Former Z88.9 DJs have been invited to participate in this broadcast.