April 8, 2020

Have you listened to The Edge?

So, you moved to Price, hit the valley and immediately pushed the station search on your car radio.   You found … … … .?
 On the campus of the College of Eastern Utah, you have an on-air option for getting your radio fix, campus information and a chance to mock or praise your classmates for their on-air presence.   That is found at 107.9 on your FM dial and 1610 on your AM dial.

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So, you moved to Price, hit the valley and immediately pushed the station search on your car radio.   You found … … … .?
 On the campus of the College of Eastern Utah, you have an on-air option for getting your radio fix, campus information and a chance to mock or praise your classmates for their on-air presence.   That is found at 107.9 on your FM dial and 1610 on your AM dial.
 Starting its third year at CEU, 107.9 The Edge is back with a face-lift and new music.   According to Troy Hunt, the station advisor, “We have invested in a weekly music service which keeps the station as current as any of the commercial stations on the Wasatch Front.   With our primarily alternative format, we provide a content service not to be found on this side of the mountains.   Students who listen to X-96 or 101.9 The End will find much to appreciate in our format.   We are also adaptive to other audiences and offer specialty shows that play music outside of the station’s normal formatting.   We are continuing the Hip-Hop block seven days per week from 10 p.m. to midnight.”
 The station exists primarily as a student training facility.   Other than Hunt’s roll as advisor, all station jobs are staffed by students.   Currently, 26 students are working with the station. These students are the DJs that you can hear daily from approximately 8:00 am to 12:00 am.   Students who wish to get involved with the station must take COMM 1560, radio production.   In this class the skills necessary for effective on-air production are discussed and practice opportunities given.   This course is taught both fall and spring semesters.
 Campus events are promoted using this tool.   Hunt says, “If your club or organization wishes to reach the listenership of the station, send information about the event two weeks or more ahead of the event to myself at the college.   We will produce spots that air on the station promoting that event.   This service is offered to student organizations free of charge.”
 The Edge is an unlicensed station that abides by the provisions found in Part 15 of section 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.   This allows for educational entities to offer noncommercial services on campus.   The station was designed with the restrictions of this law, but the goal is to seek a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the earliest opportunity.  
The FCC is currently not accepting applications for noncommercial educational stations, but as soon as they open a filing window, an application will be submitted to the commission.
 Other events The Edge will be offering throughout the year to students will be sponsored concerts.   The first of these will be October 6th.   More information will be heard on The Edge as the date of the concert approaches.   Other concerts will follow throughout the year.
 The DJ’s at the station are also available to provide music services at club functions and stomps.   For information about this service, representatives of groups need to contact Hunt.
 It is the goal of The Edge to continue its role as a part of CEU student’s daily lives.   Station information can be found at theedge.ceu.edu.

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