By Valerie Palmer
Calling Rider “very student-oriented,” The Princeton Review named 107.7 FM The Bronc 15th in the nation among college radio stations.
The only radio station in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to be cited, The Bronc received the honor in early August. The article commended Rider for its ability to prepare students for “all facets of life after college.”
Upon hearing the news, longtime on-air personality and general manager of The Bronc, John Mozes, said his reaction was “sheer euphoria.”
“I couldn’t be happier for the university and our students for all the hard work they put in all year round,” he said.
Mozes allows students to personalize their contributions to the station.
“I am responsible for creating as many learning opportunities and business partnerships as possible through programming, promotions, contesting, and public service,” he said.
Mozes sees the students work hard to keep the station sleek, upbeat and in style to keep listeners intrigued on a daily basis.
“Once I comprehended this awesome achievement, I was floored,” said student general manager Meghan Korb, a junior public relations major. “It felt like all the late nights myself and other students have done numerous times to get work done for that station had paid off.”
The Bronc offers a variety of live shows including “Sustainable You,” an environmental sustainability and green living program, and “Inside Your Mind,” a psychology-based show. The Bronc also broadcasts Rider basketball, baseball and ice hockey, as well as Lawrence Flames ice hockey.
Program director Matt McGrorty helps plan and create broadcasts for new events, such as The #GetForky Lunchbox, which plays songs around a revolving theme that changes every day, which began Sept. 7.
“Each weekday from noon to 1 p.m., The Bronc plays a themed batch of music,” McGrorty said. “Mondays are acoustic songs, Tuesdays are hits from soundtracks, Wednesdays are covers, Thursdays are throwbacks, and Fridays are local music from New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York.”
The Bronc originally went on-air Nov. 1, 1962, located at 640 AM on the dial. In 1984, the dial location was changed to 88.5 FM. In 1992, it made its final move to 107.7. The Bronc follows a Hot AC style, playing all of the hits and widest variety.
“Our slogan is, ‘the biggest hits and best variety,’ because you can hear the new song from The Weeknd ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ followed by Bon Jovi ‘Wanted Dead or Alive,’” said Mozes.