09 June 2010

Congratulations WSVA!

Today, a Shenandoah Valley icon, Radio Station 550 AM WSVA, celebrates its 75th anniversary. I've listened to the station on and off since I was a kid in the '60's. And for many years, it has been my daily routine to tune in early in the morning to get the local weather, news, etc. WSVA was the first radio station to broadcast from the Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, Virginia) and began transmitting on June 9th in 1935, the same year my father was born. At one time, they also had a remote station atop the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in downtown Staunton, Virginia. You can listen to their news/talk format via the web here: www.wsvaonline.com. Despite all the changes since 1935, they have managed to retain much of their local, rural community flavor and are one of the few remaining radio stations in the country to still broadcast live and local programming.

Congratulations to a Shenandoah Valley institution! 

"WSVA will broadcast several special programs throughout the day on June 9th, reflecting on the heritage of the radio station and its 75 years of service to the area."

You can take a virtual tour of the station's interesting history here

(By the way, Grandpa Jones got his start on WSVA.) 

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