WNYT: Big Changes for the Future

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In the mid-1960s, NYIT gave birth to an extremely important part of their extra-curricular society. The WNYT radio station was created to give the students a chance to broadcast music, and news right out of education hall to the campus of Old Westbury. It gave students the ability to have a real “on-air” experience. WNYT was run and funded by the “SG” (student government), with other donations coming from alumni and other private donations. The station gave students the chance they’ve always wanted to be able to take part in a live working radio station.

The students created a professional environment, they took shifts on air, as well as learning the basics of production. WNYT created opportunities for many students to continue the “radio station lifestyle” and begin careers within it. Two notable alumni who took part in WNYT are, Carol Silva ’76, an anchor for News 12 Long Island, as well as Jim Douglas ’82 a morning personality for “WKJY-FM”. The Station was used as cablevisions on screen programing up until 2004, where WNYT was being broadcasted using online streaming over the internet.

Sadly, WNYT has not been in function for some time, which has had some of the faculty and students wondering, why? WNYT was a large part of the student lifestyle and has been missing for a couple years now. Many students have inquired about restarting the program, and having WNYT be part of the campus lifestyle again. Senior Samantha Mollica is particularly upset with this situation, “On my free time I would listen to WNYT. I miss having the ability of listening to my fellow students’ broadcasts.”

The Communication Arts department was asked to save the station in the fall of 2012. However, the club had fallen into shambles. The programming that came from the station was labeled as, “embarrassing and sporadic” by alumni.

Professor Donald Fizzinoglia, of the Communication Arts department, is very passionate and positive about the situation. He explained that, “the department didn’t end the radio station, and that they were asked to save it.” Renovations have taken place to update the station. All funds donated to WNYT have been put towards the remodeling and new equipment for the station. The rooms have been repainted, and a credit bearing class has been added. Dr. Fizzinoglia believes that WNYT “should be ready in a few weeks, if not sooner.”

It seems as if many of your wishes will be answered and WNYT will be back and broadcasting soon. For any students that are interested in being part of the club, the meeting time is currently free hour on Thursdays.

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  1. Edward Iacona on September 13th, 2017 11:44 AM

    As one of the original founders of WNYT I am deeply saddened to read of its current state. I urge all of my CA Department successors to support this campus activity. In the words of the late Dr. Lee Morrison, the first Department Head of the CA Department and my mentor, “You will never fully understand film or television until you understand radio.” This was true in 1968… It is true today.

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