by Dennis Walikainen
Tech students have long been able to spin their own tunes over the airwaves, or at least through the electrical outlets. Beginning in 1956, the residents of Wadsworth Hall were privy to WVRW, as in "The Voice of Radio, Wadsworth," a "carrier-current" AM station just for Wads. Plug your transistor radio into the wall and pull up your bobby sox. The outlets were the transmitters, no FCC license required.
When WVRW went airborne, it changed its call letters to WRS (Wadsworth Radio Service) and broadcast to all the residence halls. It was located in a small room opposite the old Wads mailroom.
Don Robinson '63 recalls "cueing" records.
"Put on headphones, twist [cue] the record to the beginning of the song, and then let her rip," Robinson says. "I played rock and roll and jazz; pretty much free form and whatever felt good at the moment. Great times and a great experience."