History

1966

Ed Helvey (Class of 1967) starts a radio club on campus with a select group of Montclair State students. His hope? To connect thousands of commuters with the campus community. In those days, Montclair State only housed approximately 25 % of the student population on campus, and most would leave after class rarely participating in extra curricular activities or feeling connected to campus life.  Since, an untold number (in the thousands) of students have been impacted by this college radio station. His dream!

1967

WVMS, “The Voice of Montclair State” begins broadcasting on AM Radio from the basement of what today is College Hall. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on April 17th, 1967.

 

Listen to WVMS’ first recorded promo:

Listen to audio of founding members, Ellen Connolly and George Steinmetz’s, show:

 

News coverage on the new campus radio station  by the university’s student run newspaper, The Montclarion.

1974

“The Voice of Montclair State” moves to FM Radio 90.3.

1979

The LynnZee Show with Lynn Zlotnick.

1982

Brian Travis and Audrey Odom (Audie-O) live from our studios on the 4th floor of the Student Center. Brian was either playing polka, Pere Ubu or Charlie Daniels.

1984

WMSC moves frequency to 101.5 FM.

Tom Kaminski, Class of 1984, began his radio career right here at WMSC, on the 4th floor of the student center.  For almost three decades now, he is the managing editor and traffic reporter at WCBS Newsradio 880. Tom returns to WMSC once a month to DJ some of the greatest songs of yesterday, today…and, of course, The Beatles. The Back to the Future show is live Sundays 7pm to 10pm year round.

1994

WMSC moves back to 90.3 FM.

1998

Steve Covino, Class of 1998, began his broadcast career right here at Montclair State. These days he can be heard coast-to-coast on SiriusXM Octane and Faction Talk daily. 

2012

WMSC joins Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media.

2013

WMSC begins broadcasting from the new studios at Conrad J. Schmitt Hall.

2015

On March 20, 2015, WMSC broadcasts the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Montclair State, after winning the NJAC for the third season in a row, advanced to the Final Four against George Fox – losing 70 to 58. The Red Hawks then won the National Third Place Game over Tufts University 56-48.

On September 14, 2015, Anabella Poland joins the WMSC as General Manager. Before coming to Montclair State University, Ms. Poland was Director of Talent & Industry Relations at SiriusXM Radio where she negotiated and managed interviews, events and performances with A-level Hollywood actors, celebrities and musicians for more than 135 SiriusXM channels.

2016

On January 2016, WMSC struck a distribution deal with iHeartRadio expanding the reach of WMSC as well as increasing visibility and discovery opportunity for the station. iHeartRadio announced in January they had just surpassed 80 million register users and it is a highly recognized and respected brand in the US. It’s in the name! iHeartRadio and so do we!

2017

WMSC celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with 100 hours of live, uninterrupted event programming from Sunday, April 16th through Thursday, April 20th and a lineup of current and former DJs.

On May 26, 2017,  founder Ed Helvey and founding members Ellen Harrigan (then known as Ellen Connolly), Helene & Bob Hinck, Les Anderson and  WMSC’s first ever faculty adviser, Tete H. Tetens, reunited at Six Brothers Diner on Route 46.  WMSC’s general manager and adviser, Anabella Poland, joined the festivities.