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WITR (89.7 FM) is a student-run broadcast radio station in Henrietta, New York. It is a college radio station,[1] owned by the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was assigned the WITR call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.[2] Its signal can be received approximately 25 miles south of the RIT campus, and north into the city of Rochester.[3] The office and recording studios are located in the A-Level (basement) of the Student Alumni Union just past the RITZ Sports Zone. In 2015, a new studio, Studio X, was constructed on the main floor of the Student Alumni Union.

CityHenrietta, New York
BrandingWITR 89.7
Slogan"The Pulse of Music"
Frequency89.7 MHz
First air date1961 (600 AM)
ERP910 watts, Stereo
HAAT38 meters (125 feet)
Facility ID57280
Transmitter coordinates43°05′10″N 77°40′04″W / 43.08611°N 77.66778°W / 43.08611; -77.66778
Callsign meaningInstitute of Technology, Rochester
Former callsignsWRIT[citation needed]
OwnerRochester Institute of Technology
WebcastListen Live

WITR is marketed as being in the independent music industry and broadcasts a formidable variety of genres, in addition to its regularly-scheduled indie music format. Weekly shows are produced in-studio by students and feature the following genres: world, hip-hop, R&B, rock, modern metal, hardcore, disco, house, jazz, ska, punk rock, Spanish/Latin, reggae, electronica, gospel, blues, news, classical, punk, and glam.

The station additionally has a wide array of sports broadcasting. Namely, WITR broadcasts all RIT Tigers men's ice hockey games and RIT Tigers women's ice hockey home games.

WITR's vinyl record library is the second largest in New York State. In 1992, the count was estimated at 30,000 records and 5,000 CDs. In March 2010, the station unveiled a new logo and branding, changing from "Modern Music and More" to "The Pulse of Music".[4]


Current administrationEdit

The current layout of WITR consists of 4 main departments headed by an executive board. WITR's executive board consists of six positions: general manager, member at large, program director, chief engineer, business director and events coordinator. The four departments are the Programming Department, Events Department, Engineering Department and Business Department. Each department is headed by the applicable executive board member and is assisted by anywhere from one to five other "officer" positions. The general manager and member at large do not head up a department and are tasked with maintaining the station as a whole. The member at large takes on issues with members while the general manager faces outward toward RIT and the FCC.[5]

Executive boardEdit

Station position Name
General manager Alessandra Santarosa
Program director Claire Koval
Chief engineer Michael Canning
Business director Colin Friday
Member at large Nasha Torres
Event coordinator Elizabeth Kuhlman

Programming DepartmentEdit

Station position Name
Assistant programming director Kristina Chomiak
Music director Nate Bellavia
Sports director Josh Aldred
Production director Bailey Gribben
Junior music director Coleman Moore

Events DepartmentEdit

Station position Name
Assistant events coordinator [Lindsay Constantino]]

Business DepartmentEdit

Station position name
Secretary Claire Koval
Graphic designer LeiAnna Chin
Promotions director Elaina Trapani

Engineering DepartmentEdit

Station position Name
Staff engineer Noah Lutz
Staff engineer Eli Bendinsky
Internal developer Colin Reilly


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
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