H07-1658.3. WTHS Radio Station. Records, 1958-[ongoing]. 0.25 linear ft.
WTHS 89.9 FM (formerly known as WTAS 610 AM from 1957-1983) is known as the "The Voice of Hope College" and is Hope College’s student-run radio station. The station started in April 1957 as an AM station and is now housed in the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, broadcasting live in the heart of beautiful Holland, Michigan, on the campus of Hope College. The station became an FM station in 1985. With a 15-person Executive Board staff (2007) and approximately 30 student disc jockeys and executive interns, the station involves many students. Broadcasts reach a 20-mile radius throughout the greater Holland area to inform students and community members about activities on campus, local news, sports, current events, and the latest sound in alternative college music. WTHS also partners with the Hope College Concert Series to bring popular bands to campus. Catering to many musical tastes, the station is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve our listeners. The collection includes bumper stickers, Christmas cards, newspaper clippings about the station (1958-ongoing), constitution, correspondence to faculty and staff, employment announcements, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) records (1987-1999), Milestone yearbook pages concerning the weekly radio program “Radio Hope College” (1940-1955) and WTAS and WTHS (1956-present), organizational chart, proposal for relocation, and program and disc jockey schedules (1963-1978). (See Hope College Collections Oversized Drawer). Original reel-to-reel recording and digital version from the 1963 dedicated to former President Dr. Irwin J. Lubbers is located at H88-0097.
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