Editor’s be aware: Interviews for this story had been performed in fall 2020.
When Shippensburg College moved courses on-line because of the COVID-19 coronavirus final spring, many on-campus teams misplaced entry to workplaces and needed to cancel occasions.
Members of WSYC (We Serve Your Group) 88.7 FM, the student-run radio station, misplaced entry to their station within the Ceddia Union Constructing (CUB). The station’s normal supervisor, adviser and different officers couldn’t achieve entry to the studio.
“It was simply the identical factor for hours and hours,” WSYC normal supervisor Leah Fuoco, a senior communication/journalism main, stated of the loop of music that performed on the finish of the spring 2020 semester. “That was a wrestle as a result of as a radio station you’re doing the identical factor time and again.”
WSYC additionally needed to cancel its annual, “Up All Night time” occasion, which is held each spring. Throughout “Up All Night time” WSYC members are on air for twenty-four hours freely giving prizes together with live performance tickets, restaurant reward playing cards and extra to callers throughout exhibits.
“Final semester [spring 2020] was the toughest after we shut down,” Fuoco stated. WSYC members anticipated to return after spring break to proceed broadcasting. “Every little thing stopped.”
A 12 months later, WSYC is again in motion and held the student-favorite “Up All Night time” from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on April 10. DJs gave away reward playing cards, Airpods, Squishmallows and extra.
However the highway again into the studio was bumpy at instances.
As college students returned to SU within the fall, they needed to adapt to fulfill new guidelines and pointers to maintain everybody secure and wholesome. For WSYC, this meant carrying masks off-air, social distancing, plexiglass dividers and plenty of cleansing and sanitation. There have been additionally limits to how many individuals could possibly be in every room within the studio. The studio continues to observe these pointers throughout the spring 2021 semester.
The gear within the studio is labeled with cleansing directions together with bottles of disinfectants. For Fuoco, one among her largest challenges as normal supervisor is ensuring everyone seems to be maintaining with the brand new cleansing and distancing pointers.
Nonetheless, there have been some sudden advantages to the brand new routines. Fuoco stated she thinks the additional cleansing is an additional benefit and hopes that they may proceed the follow lengthy after the masks and social distancing are now not wanted.
“It was onerous, however we realized to beat and adapt,” Fuoco stated. “We’re simply glad that we are able to do exhibits once more and be on air.”
WSYC held its normal curiosity assembly throughout the fall semester and gathered lots of inquiries about changing into members of the station. The station ran about 30 exhibits throughout the fall semester, in line with Fuoco.
Based on WSYC’s web site, college students are volunteers and any main is free to affix the group.
Listeners can hear music, discuss exhibits, information and extra over the airwaves between Carlisle and Chambersburg, and likewise hear anytime on-line at wsyc-fm.squarespace.com.