November 2, 2016

President Obama Provides a Special Message for College Radio Day

Hackettstown, N.J., November 2, 2016 – President Obama has this to say regarding College Radio Day:

“Radio has long connected us as Americans – from the songs that make us sing and dance, to the shows that make us laugh and challenge our assumptions, to the news that helps us understand our place in the world.  As we scan through stations that cover every kind of music and perspective on the political spectrum, we find that college radio holds a crucial and unique place on the dial.  It’s not simply a proving ground for young people; it’s an opportunity for all Americans to experience new stories, new bands, and new ideas.  On College Radio Day, we pay tribute to the ways radio has enabled students – all of us- to help shape a more inclusive society.  As you tune in to your local station today, you have my best wishes.”

WNTI.ORG, the student radio station for Centenary University, will be participating in College Radio Day (CRD) on Friday, November 4, 2016. Founded six years ago at William Paterson University, College Radio Day celebrates the unique contributions and potential of college radio across the United States and around the world.

Richard Hinchliffe, Assistant Professor of Radio and Director of WNTI.ORG says the following regarding WNTI.ORG’s participation in College Radio Day:

“This is a timely event for WNTI, as this year we welcome more students on the air to build a student-run, 24/7 internet radio service at Centenary.  We are one of 15 radio stations in New Jersey participating in College Radio Day.”

Live DJs will be on the air from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. with a College Radio Day documentary running from 2 to 3 p.m. “Johnny D” kicks off WNTI’s College Radio Day coverage with music and features at 10 a.m., followed by one of the station’s new student DJs, Max Spann, who takes the controls at 1 p.m. After the CRD documentary, veteran student DJ and WNTI Music Director Sam Nickelson plays Americana, indie music and more from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout the day, WNTI invites students, faculty and the greater Hackettstown community to visit the station (and come on the radio) at the WNTI studios in the Lackland Center.

College Radio Day harnesses the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout the world and celebrates the important contribution of college radio by uniting for this one day. The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. Since 2012, the annual event is known internationally as World College Radio Day, as more than 30 countries around the world now celebrate this occasion.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies university distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body. Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.


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