WVUD (91.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a college radio format. Licensed to Newark, Delaware, USA, the station serves the Wilmington DE area. The station is currently owned by University of Delaware. The station has obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 6,800 watts. This student run station is ocated in the Perkins student center at the University of Delaware. The transmitting antenna is located on the top of the Christiana East Tower residence building.
University of Delaware
Radio was broadcast by AM Carrier Current
at 640 kHz from 1968 until 1976. First with the call letters WHEN as a top 40 station broadcasting from East Hall. When the station moved to the third floor of the Perkins Student center the station changed to WDRB, an alternative rock
station. In 1976 the station was issued an FCC Class D
non-commercial educational license for 10 Watts under callsign WXDR and broadcast a block format that included Jazz
, College Alternative, and Experimental music
. Local news was presented each day and the students presented a weekly news magazine show and community oriented public affairs
shows. In 1983 WXDR increased it's power to 1000 Watts and moved to the lower level of the Perkins Student Center Annex building. University President David Roselle
requested that the call letters be changed to WVUD to reflect the station's university basis. These call letters had recently been given up by the University of Dayton
- Hip City (Saturday night) A fixture featuring classic soul and rhythm & blues as presented by Jerry Grant.
- Red, Hot & Blue (Friday night) Featuring blues hosted by Ron Smith.
- Crazy College (Sundays) Featuring "all musics odd, silly or forgotten. Anything from Stan Freeberg, Allan Sherman, Billy Murray, Cole Porter, George Formby, if it's odd or funny, it's in!" hosted by George Stewart.
- Java Time & Roots (Weekday mornings) features Roots and Folk music.
- Classical music (Weekdays at lunchtime)
- Scratchy Grooves & In a Mist (Sunday nights) Big Band and popular music of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
- Ruffage (Saturdays) Delaware's longest running (proudly broadcasting for over 16 years) and only Heavy Metal/Hard Rock radio show. Hosted by Stefanie Best.
- Radio Days Summer Theater (Sundays, throughout the summer) A weekly radio play of classic books and classic plays performed by kids ages 8-12 & 13-15. A production of the First State Children's Theater Company. Hosted by Michael Boudewyns & Sara Valentine.
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
(December 15, 2008 - 5th annual live broadcast
) A live radio-theater performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Performed by adult actors and broadcast live from the stage of the Delaware Theatre Company
with a live theatre audience, live music & sound effects
. A production of the First State Children's Theater Company.
Created by Michael Boudewyns & Sara Valentine.