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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.

City Henrietta, New York
Branding WITR 89.7
Slogan "The Pulse of Music"
Frequency 89.7 MHz
First air date 1961 (600 AM)
Format College
ERP 910 watts, Stereo
HAAT 38 meters (125 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 57280
Transmitter coordinates 43°05′10″N 77°40′04″W / 43.08611°N 77.66778°W / 43.08611; -77.66778
Callsign meaning Institute of Technology, Rochester
Former callsigns WRIT
Owner Rochester Institute of Technology
Webcast Listen 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 Steve DaSilva
Program Director Cristoph Grosse
Chief Engineer Ben Reynolds
Business Director Jimmy Herrmann
Member At Large Cole Johnson
Event Coordinator Nick Mailhot

Programming DepartmentEdit

Station Position Name
Assistant Programming Director Nick Toth
Music Director Noah Kellem
Sports Director Colin Friday
Production Director Eta Santoro
News Director Unoccupied
Junior Music Director Sam Misasi

Events DepartmentEdit

Station Position Name
Assistant Events Coordinator Charles Gleason

Business DepartmentEdit

Station Position Name
Secretary Claire Koval
Graphic Designer Emma McKeon-White
Promotions Director Alessandra Santarosa

Engineering DepartmentEdit

Station Position Name
Staff Engineer William Leuschner
Internal Developer RJ Madsen


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