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WSOU, Seton Hall's Pirate Radio

WSOU Vinyl shirts 320 picWSOU 89.5 FM is the award-winning, student-run radio station of the College of Communication and the Arts and Seton Hall University. Since its inception in 1948, WSOU broadcasts from the University's South Orange campus, reaching all five boroughs of New York City, Southern Westchester and Rockland Counties of N.Y., and much of the northern and central parts of New Jersey.

Since 1986, WSOU has programmed a hard rock format, developing a local and national reputation as an industry leader in breaking new bands. WSOU gave the first area airtime, and in some cases the first-ever airplay, to bands such a Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, and My Chemical Romance, among many others. WSOU is also the broadcast home for Seton Hall Athletics and additionally airs religious, public affairs, news and ethnic programming.

Notable alumni include ESPN Broadcasters and Anchors, Boy Ley '76 and John Brickley '06; 1010 Wins' Reporter and Anchor, Glenn Schuck '85; Megaforce Records' Vice President, Missi Callazzo '89; Z100 and WLTW Assistant Program Director, Cara Han '14, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Director of Programming Jeff Regan '98, and the voice of the NYC subway system and AirTrain at JFK and Newark airports, Bernie Wagenblast '78.

Visit the official website: www.wsou.net

Experiential Learning in Professional Studios

As early as freshman year, students have the opportunity to experience the radio industry first-hand. WSOU's structure is modeled after commercial radio, allowing students to both staff and manage the day-to-day station operations while guided by industry professionals and mentors. At WSOU, students learn by doing.

Students that work at WSOU can:

  • Gain experience in on-air hosting (DJing)
  • Conduct live interviews with musicians and newsmakers
  • Anchor twice hourly newscasts
  • Podcast
  • Write for digital media
  • Produce live shows and events
  • Create news wraps
  • Broadcast sports play-by-play
  • Promote WSOU at live events and concerts

Fast Five Facts about WSOU:

  • 100,000+ weekly listeners
  • 10,000 newscasts each year
  • 125 student staff members
  • 24/7 operation hours 
  • Streamed nationwide on the iHeartRadio App

Window with WSOU stickersIn some cases, students can travel the country broadcasting athletic events, attending concerts and presenting at industry conferences. While WSOU is housed in the College of Communication and the Arts, student participation is open across the University's programs including business, biology, education, nursing, sport management and diplomacy.

At WSOU, students have access to industry-standard and state-of-the-art equipment. Undergraduate and graduate students alike use studio and remote equipment that they will encounter in the professional world, giving them a skills advantage when competing for internships and jobs.

Awards and Recognitions

On air for over 70 years, WSOU is a highly regarded and nationally recognized radio station, honored with numerous accolades over the years. WSOU was recently inducted into the Radio Rock Hall of Fame (2018) and was a recipient of the 2016 Marconi Award for Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year. The station has also been named one of Top 5 Rock Radio Stations in the Country Rolling Stone magazine; has been selected multiple times for CMJ College Station of the Year and has won Best Sports Play-by-Play from the National Student Production Awards and Garden State Journalists Association. WSOU is also the recipient of more than 30 gold and platinum records for its role in helping further the careers of bands such as Korn, Linkin Park and Sevendust.

Interested in Joining WSOU?

WSOU is a special jewel of Communication and the Arts – the station is always looking for new student staffers. WSOU is open to all SHU students, regardless of major. If you'd like to get involved, please contact the WSOU station manager at wsoustationmanger@gmail.com or visit the station, located in the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center.

Detailed information about WSOU, its program, current staff members and other information can be found on the station's official website at www.wsou.net.

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