WVAS 90.7 FM is a member-supported public radio station licensed to, and located on the campus of, Alabama State University (ASU) in historic Montgomery, Alabama. It is managed by a full-time professional staff and operated by professional part-time support personnel. Broadcasting at 80,000 watts 24 hours a day, WVAS is the only full-time jazz station in the southern half of Alabama and it reaches 17 counties in the south central portion of the state. Its programming is also heard globally via the worldwide web courtesy of the station's Internet stream (www.wvasfm.org).
The mission of WVAS is to support Alabama State University's statewide mission for outreach and public service by providing an outlet for the presentation of enrichment programs of an academic, cultural, artistic and informative nature. WVAS also provides communications majors enrolled at Alabama State University with hands-on, practical broadcast experience in a professional and realistic environment.
WVAS-FM management and staff have one vision: to daily enhance and build upon the station's reputation as the news, public affairs and entertainment leader in the marketplace by paying special attention to the needs of the culturally and ethnically diverse listening audience in central Alabama. The station's core values follow:
- Service - We provide our listeners with news, public affairs, jazz and other music programming.
- Pride - We empower our ethnically diverse listeners through programs that revisit their history and provide direction for their future.
- Fairness - We provide fair, unbiased news and public affairs programming.
- Honesty - We strive to provide only factual information.
- Integrity - We are committed to doing what's right, legally and ethically.
- Respect - We treat all people with respect.
Funding support for WVAS is provided by its licensee, Alabama State University. As a station certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), WVAS also receives annual grant support that is used to offset, among other costs, expenses associated with the acquisition and production of national programming. WVAS is also proud of the significant funding support provided by its listener-members, its underwriters, and its sponsors.
WVAS-FM is the proud recipient of a variety of awards for its programming efforts. Numerous ABBY's from the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) have been bestowed upon the station, with the ABA singling out the station's reporters, local newscasts, local public affairs programming and host, and sportscaster. Even the station's website, gospel programming promotion, and its community service project have received recognition from the ABA. The Alabama Press Association (APA) has also cited the accomplishments of WVAS, to include awards given for local commentator, newscast, reporter, and sportscaster.