WVAS Celebrates Wednesday "Public Radio Music Day"
WVAS 90.7 FM, the “Voice of Alabama State University” will observe the third
annual Public Radio Music Day on Wednesday, October 26. Joining noncommercial music stations across the
nation, WVAS will highlight the special role that public radio music stations like WVAS-FM play in the
music world locally and nationally.
“The Alabama State University Hornet Nation is pleased to celebrate its own WVAS-FM on this
occasion,” states President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. “For almost 40 years, WVAS has been “The Sound of
Excellence” for Alabama State University, the city of Montgomery, the River Region, and around the
globe. The outstanding jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel broadcast by WVAS around the clock each day is
second to none.”
Beginning at noon and throughout the lunch hour on October 26, WVAS will feature a “live” mini-
concert in its studios featuring Sam Williams and Bobby Morgan. Also performing will be ASU’s own
Ron Handy on the front steps of Kilby Hall (home to WVAS-FM) on the campus of Alabama State
University. There will be free giveaways for fans who come by the station.
Testimonials from jazz and blues musicians from across the globe will air throughout the day. A special
salute to WVAS-FM’s long-time morning announcer, Mel Marshall, will be featured during the
evening’s broadcast of “90.7 Perspectives” beginning at 6 p.m.
“We hope that as many members of our listening audience will share their own testimonials as well by
calling into WVAS during this musical celebration,” states Candy Capel, WVAS station manager.
“Our broadcast community makes it possible for us to enjoy such occasions as this, and we want to
salute them as well.”
Capel noted that there will also be a presentation of proclamations from the city of Montgomery and the
Montgomery County Commission. Mayor Steven Reed is featured in a congratulatory video airing on
WVAS-FM’s website and on its Facebook page.
the campus of Alabama State University in historic Montgomery, Alabama. It is managed by a full-
time professional staff and operated by professional part-time support personnel. The station trains
many ASU students who go on to professional broadcasting and other careers. Broadcasting at 80,000
watts 24 hours a day, WVAS is the only full-time jazz station in the southern half of Alabama and its
signal 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 at www.wvasfm.org.
ABOUT PUBLIC RADIO MUSIC DAY
Alliance currently has more than 150 partner public radio music stations, all locally owned and operated,
yet united by their shared values of music discovery, curation, preservation, performance, and