History

WRKE got its start in 2004 when a club to establish a radio station on campus was formed. Equipment was obtained by the college and David Mulford, who still serves as the station’s Engineer, set up the station in two rooms in the upper level of the Colket Center. The station went on air on March of 2004 but was not official until the following year.

WRKE has spent the past 10 years building a fan base on campus and beyond. With a 3 mile broadcast radius, WRKE is able to cover most of the Roanoke College community. WRKE also streams live audio (the same stream as broadcast) over the internet at www.wrke.org which gives listeners ability to enjoy WRKE around the world. Thanks to its online presence, the station has logged listening from nearly 50 countries. 

When WRKE first “signed on”, both the on-air studio and production studio were located across from each other in a remote corner of Colket Center’s top floor. But over the summer of 2016 a new, larger, more accessible on-air studio was built on Colket’s main floor just a few feet from the Center’s front doors and across the hall from the Commons. The upgrade enhances WRKE’s ability to conduct interviews in roomier surroundings; produce live (and recorded) specials such as election night coverage and music performances; and increases the station’s visibility.

 

 

The WRKE antenna going up on top of the Colket Center in 2004

WRKE’s main and backup transmitters as well as audio processing equipment are located in Colket Center. The antenna is fitted on a 30-foot tower on the roof of Colket Center.

WRKE provides a creative outlet for students to express themselves while learning broadcasting skills. Broadcasting from the Colket Center on the Roanoke College campus, WRKE has a power output of 100 watts transmitting on 100.3 MHz, WRKE’s signal covers Salem and parts of the surrounding area in the Roanoke Valley.​ ​

 

 

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