Giving students and our community members a voice for 50 years.
WVOF (Voice Of Fairfield) is Fairfield University's student run radio station. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 88.5FM. From our FM and Web studios, our student members broadcast live commentary for Fairfield University's men’s and women’s sports, host news and talk shows, DJ music shows, and engage in our on campus activities. In addition to hosting Community DJ's shows, WVOF shares WNPR programming courtesy of our partnership with Connecticut Public Broadcasting.
We provide students and community members a platform to deliver their unique content to the university and the surrounding area. Listen anytime, anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
From the Fairfield Mirror: WVOF Reflects on Fifty Years of Broadcasting
If you’ve ever been to the WVOF office, you know just how comfortable it feels to be there. With posters covering every inch of the walls and the student staff always hanging out there, it’s like you’re coming home from a long day at work, even if you’ve never stepped foot in the office before.
WVOF is the student-run radio station at Fairfield University, and it’s one of the oldest clubs on campus. In fact, they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary this spring. The station plays 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is on 88.5 FM. Their team includes Mike Kabai, station manager, Nick Hudock, director of marketing and events, Alex Perugini, music director and Lauren Miolene, promotions and media director,
WVOF came from humble beginnings in the spring of 1970. It was originally a carrier current radio station which is popular amongst low power broadcasting. WVOF was only available in the quad of campus. They housed their station in the basement of Regis Hall until 2002 when they were moved to the lower level of the Barone Campus Center, right next to the FUSA office.
The relevance of radio has significantly changed since 1970. Podcasting in particular has grown exponentially, and, although it’s seemingly hurting radio in the worldly sense, it’s only helping WVOF. Podcasting has become such an influential phenomenon that has inspired students to do similar types of media.
“Podcasts are so mainstream these days that it means so many students are exposed to them,” Kabai said.
In fact, some students even convert their broadcasts into audio files to post on SoundCloud and Spotify as podcasts.
WVOF have two studios: the web studio and the FM studio. Both studios broadcast on FM and online. They can also broadcast live games for sports. With their new equipment they’ve acquired over the years, they can broadcast from anywhere. WVOF often covers basketball games at the Webster Bank Arena and the MAAC championship in Albany, New York.
WVOF is always looking for new hosts to pitch their idea, and there’s nothing too obscure to put on air. Although music and sports shows are most popular, there are several general talk shows that air on different weeknights. There are so many shows that feature unique and interesting subjects, like Rock in a Hard Place, which covers the specific type of music of Nu Metal, or The Stand Up Hour, which is a weekly talk show about stand up comedy and how it has changed over the years.
Also, although many of the shows have student hosts, there are also people from the community that contribute to WVOF. Compared to recent years, WVOF’s shows have tripled in number.
More than anything, WVOF has grown to serve the students of Fairfield University. Throughout their 50 years, they’ve allowed students to come out of their shell and share their passions.
“The beauty about this place is that any kid has a platform to say what they want and have their voice heard,” Hudock said.
WVOF’s goal for the future is just to keep the radio station alive. As a group of all seniors, they want to grow and expand the station even more than it has already expanded in order to keep students interested.
“We want to make sure the station is still thriving ten years from now for the 60th anniversary,” Kabai said.
Article published in the Fairfield Mirror September 25, 2019 by Gracianne Eldrenkamp
WVOF commenced operations in the spring of 1970 as a carrier current radio station heard on 620 AM serving the residence halls located in the “quad” of Fairfield University located in Fairfield, CT. In the early 1970s, the station submitted the first application to the FCC for an FM license. The first antenna was placed on Canisius Hall, and WVOF's record library was kept in the basement of Regis Hall. By 1976 there were two broadcast studios and one production studio.
In 2002, Fairfield University's worldwide, state-of-the-art radio station opened for business in a brand new three-studio complex in the John A. Barone Campus Center. WVOF regularly hears from listeners from around the world. To this day, students and community members produce unique content in our FM, Web and Production studio located in the Lower Level of the Barone Campus Center. You can listen in the Fairfield County area live on 88.5FM, and anywhere in the world on our website and through the TuneIn app.