Written by on April 15, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ (April, 15, 2017) — In celebration of its 51st anniversary, 90.3 WMSC- FM “The Voice of Montclair State,” will be broadcasting 51 hours of live event programming beginning at 8 AM on Monday, April 16th and ending at 11am on Wednesday, April 18th.

The festivities will kick off with a live broadcast of the daily talk show ‘The Morning Buzz’ at student favorite, ‘Red Hawk Diner’ on the campus of Montclair State University from 8 AM to 10 PM on Monday April 16th.

“I’m honored to put together the live event programming schedule for this anniversary! Although not a milestone anniversary Radio has been a big part of my time here at Montclair State and it became a compass to what I wanted to do in life. , and I wanted to go out with a bang my senior year. Since we were not hitting a major anniversary this year, I decided lets just do a 51 hour marathon! One hour for each year of existence. I want to show people how college radio can be the time of your life.” said Program Director Mike Grippa


During the opening program, the daily morning talk show, “The Morning Buzz” will be live on the campus of Montclair State University, at student favorite ‘The Red Hawk Diner’. They will discuss what this academic year has been at WMSC and alumni will make special appearances on the show to reflect and reminisce about their time at WMSC.

“It’s humbling to know my dream has ultimately impacted millions of people, including students, listeners and especially those who went on to careers in broadcasting,” said Helvey, who founded the station. “I was only the spark that ignited the fuse. Credit must go to the more than one-thousand students over the past half century who were inspired by my dream and carried it forward to what WMSC has become 50 years later.”

The marathon celebration will showcase 23 unique programs hosted by over 45 current students and alumni DJs, special interviews and performances, old favorites and new favorite shows, in hopes of bringing greater awareness to the original content produced by students at Montclair State University.

“For our 51st anniversary, I felt it was appropriate to do a 51-hour marathon, one hour for each year we have been a station” said Mike Stringham, the current student station manager for WMSC. “Our show lineup for this marathon is one that is unlike any that we have done in previous years. I am proud that we have so many diverse radio shows and different live broadcasts that highlight what our DJs and staff are most passionate to them. It makes me proud to be their leader, and excited for the future generations at this station.”

WMSC’s program lineup this academic year has been a year long celebration, beginning with a fall semester kick off outdoor concert featuring local bands the day after the opening of the brand new School of Communication and Media, as well as interviews with on campus organizations, faculty and administration. For College Radio Day, which was on October 6th, 2017; WMSC featured non-stop live programming for over 30 hours. With the marathon ending with 10 hours straight of live studio performances from over 25 local bands, this event was truly ‘passionately vocal, seriously local’.

As part of this anniversary celebration, WMSC will be hosting studio open houses in the School of Communication and Media Suite 2007 during work hours throughout the entirety of the marathon. Tours of the station will be given, and visitors will have the opportunity to go live on air. Additionally, students will be able to enter contests to win station merchandise and concert tickets. Listeners are invited to participate and join the celebration by calling the studio hotline at 973-655-4256 and join the conversations on the station’s social media platforms, using the hashtag #WMSCBDAY

WMSC broadcasts on the iHeartRadio App, online at wmscradio.com and on the dial at 90.3 FM.

Full 51 Hour Program Schedule

Monday – April 16th
8 AM – 10 AM – Marathon Kick Off – Morning Buzz Live From The Red Hawk Diner
10 AM – 12 PM: The Alternative Angst Experience – Megan Thompson
12 PM – 2 PM: The Island – Josh Tirado
2 PM – 4 PM: Mario’s Monday Mojo – Mario Papa
4 PM – 6 PM: The Jam – Pam Burrows
6 PM – 8 PM:WMSC SMT Basketball Game: Live at The Rec – WMSC Sports VS Prom Mom
8 PM – 10 PM: Good Vibes with Alejandro – Alejandro Arceo
10 PM – 12 AM: Dungeons and Dragons LIVE – WMSC Nerd Team

Tuesday – April 17th
12 AM – 2 AM: Dungeons and Dragons LIVE – WMSC Nerd Team
2 AM – 6 AM: The ProgPower Station – Anthony Roldan – Class of 2016
6 AM – 8 AM: Spaced Out Sounds – Hiral Patel
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz – Tara Morgan
10 AM – 12 PM: Flicker News with Pauly J – Paul McGroarty
12 PM – 2 PM: The Critic’s Corner – Mike Grippa
2 PM – 4 PM: Jack N’ Cass Radio – Jack Johnson and Cassidy Layton
4 PM – 6 PM: Siess The Day – Amanda Siess
6 PM – 8 PM: Sounds of the Night – Juan Contla – Class of 2017
8 PM – 10 PM: The Metal Teddy Bear Experience – Chris Annunziata – Class of 2015
10 PM – 12 AM: Rock The Block – Tyler Stampone

Wednesday – April 18th
12 AM – 2 AM: The Oneziez Takeover – Dani Romanow, Kate Braunstein, & Hiral Patel
2 AM – 4 AM: Sports are Dumb – WMSC Sport Team
4 AM – 6 AM: Alternative Energy – Dani Romanow
6 AM – 8 AM: The Catalyst – Mike Grippa
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz
10 AM – 11 AM: Lucid Dreams – Mike Stringham