By Megan Blauvelt
Have you noticed music being played in Daly’s Dining Hall? Or maybe a talk-show featuring familiar voices? Rider University’s 107.7 WRRC The Bronc radio station has been broadcasting student-run shows since the semester’s start.
The station features about 50 student-run shows that vary in content, from informing Rider students about sports and on-campus events, to holding big prize contests and exposing students to several genres of music weekly.
General Manager John Mozes described more than a few new shows and contests that listeners will appreciate.
One such show is “Sustainable You.” It’s no secret that Rider University has been making an effort to “go green” for a while now, with new implementations such as quench stations and hand dryers. Therefore it is only fitting to have a segment featuring sustainability join the list of airing shows, starting Oct. 22. Host Amanda Pinto will lead listeners down the path toward going green.
Yet another new show is “Buenos Dias Rider,” hosted by junior Jess Canose and senior Joe Landolfi. The show is a tribute to all different styles of latin music.
“With the help of Dr. Fontanet, we tried to compile what students like in Spanish music into our own radio show,” Canose said. “We wanted to bring a little more latin culture to Rider.”
While the The Bronc welcomes new shows, it also has successful returning shows. One helpful returner is “Your Career is Calling,” hosted by Rod Colon and Frank Kovacs. In this show students are informed about networking and employment opportunities.
“The show will help empower today’s students to reach their career goals,” Mozes said.
Another notable show is one that is hosted by Student General Manager senior Brandi Lukas. “The Brew with Brandi” has been broadcast weekly for the past three years. Lukas’ show features a broad taste in music, which allows it to appeal to a wide audience.
“Every two-hour show I play over 30 different artists, and you can expect anything,” Lukas said. “I’ll jump from Motown, to classic rock, to underground hip hop and throw in a lot of eclectic indie rock and electronica from the U.S. and overseas.”
In addition to the shows that are broadcast, what would a radio station be without contests? One proud example is Launch-A-Bronc, which is by far the biggest contest that aims to raise profits for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. The station also hosts chances to win Bronc Bucks, hockey game tickets and other various prizes.
On Sept. 21, The Bronc partnered up with the Trenton Titans hockey team and will be broadcasting every game this season. Another highlight will take place this Sunday, Oct. 2 when 107.7 The Bronc will officially be named the Lawrenceville Township community radio station.
“The Bronc is definitely packed with a lot of exciting things,” Mozes said. “It’s the students who drive the station.”
Students who are interested in getting involved at WRRC The Bronc can contact Brandi Lukas by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional reporting by Lisa Henderson.