As reported by the MAB last December, WSGR-FM, St. Clair County Community College’s student radio station for 43 years, will become a part of the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA). The college took the station off the air in December, citing rising costs and declining student interest.
An assignment application for the process was filed on February 20 with the FCC. According to an exhibit in the application, there is no purchase agreement nor will there be an exchange of funds.
In a December Facebook post, Kevin Miller, RESA superintendent and a former radio broadcaster, is excited about the possibilities. “We wanted to keep the license active, because once it goes back to the FCC, it isn’t coming back,” he said.
Dr. Deborah Snyder, president of the community college, said the college is happy the radio station is getting a chance at a new life. “WSGR has been a part of SC4 and the community for a long time,” she said. “We are pleased RESA is able to continue that history to the benefit of a new generation of students.”
Miller said RESA will assess the future of the station over the next few months. He said everything is on the table, including its programming, staffing and equipment needs. “At this point we want to do our due diligence about how to put together a station that adds value to our students’ digital media experience and also fills a public need,” Miller said.
WSGR’s call letters stood for “Student Government Radio” when it debuted on campus in the 1970s. It most recently broadcast music of many styles.
Miller said the radio station will be set up in a studio used by Digital Media students at the Technical Education Center on the RESA campus.
Miller couldn’t put a timeline on when the station will resume broadcasting. “The school year is already half over,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’d certainly like to have the station on the air for our students in the fall.”