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Radio Club and Student Radio Stations Records, 1947-[ongoing]
6 boxes (2.33 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Records of the Radio Club include correspondence, program schedules, histories, photographs and subject files pertaining to the founding and operation of WCSR. The Student Radio Station Records include fliers, advertising, promotional items and publications of WOZQ, Smith's current student run radio station.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

All of the files are open to the public according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. In order to publish any material contained in the Records of the Radio Club and Student Radio Stations, permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The first meeting of the Radio Club was held on December 2, 1947. Marjorie Boselly was appointed by the President of the Student Council to conduct research on the possibility of starting a student-run radio station at Smith. Their goals were to provide Smith students with a radio program that related to their particular interests, to integrate curricular and extra-curricular activities on campus, and to give interested young women practical experience in the field of radio. After just over a year of research, lectures, training, and convincing, Boselly's vision was realized as WCSR, the radio station. WCSR went on the air for the first time on January 6, 1949. Although the Radio Club was at first housed in a college-owned garage and was broadcast over the electric power line which followed the central heating system, it received tremendous support from the student body. It was not long before WCSR began to flourish. In the spring of 1950, WCSR joined Amherst College's WAMF and the University of Massachusetts' WMUA in the Pioneer Broadcasting System. By doing so WCSR participated in larger-scale broadcasts and combined the talents and interests of students from all three schools.

Throughout its years of existence, WCSR aired many different types of programs ranging from evenings of classical music to disc-jockey shows to dramas to interviews to campus debates and always played special shows on holidays. Club members had high hopes for the future of radio. Their plans for improvement were put on hold indefinitely when the building in which WCSR was housed had to be torn down in 1956. These ideas and plans were not revived until twenty-one years later, when in 1977 WRSC, a new radio station, was created in an attempt to ease communication problems that had arisen on campus. As college radio stations in general began to flourish during the early 1980's, the radio station went FM in 1982 as WOZQ, playing twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The staff of WOZQ describes itself as "student run and estrogen powered" and prides itself in playing music to suit an array of different tastes and hosting shows at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley.

This collection is organized into two series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

All of the files are open to the public according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. In order to publish any material contained in the Records of the Radio Club and Student Radio Stations, permission must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Radio Club and Student Radio Stations Records, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The records of the Radio Club and Student Radio Stations files were donated by members of the radio stations over a period of time.

Processing Information

Processed by Abby Schlessinger


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. RADIO CLUB (WCSR)



Advertisers, List of
1949-1950

Box 3053
Advertising Agencies
n.d.

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1949

Box 3053
Advertising Contacts
1950

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1951

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1952

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1953

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1954

Box 3053
Advertising Contracts
1955

Box 3053
Advertising Newsletters
1952-1955

Box 3053
Advertising Rate Sheet for WCSR
n.d.

Box 3053
Advertising Schedule
1954-1955

Box 3053
Advertising, Student Papers
n.d.

Box 3053
Bank Statements
1949-1951

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1948-1950

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1951

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1952

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1953

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1954

Box 3053
Bills Paid
1955

Box 3053
Blanket Tax
1951

Box 3054
Broadcasts
1935-1955

Box 3054
Cable
n.d.

Box 3054
Charter
1952-1954, n.d.

Box 3054
College Radio Corporation
1951-1954

Box 3054
Conferences
1948-1953

Box 3054
Contests and Quiz Programs
1935-1951

Box 3054
Correspondence
1947-1948

Box 3055
Correspondence
1949

Box 3055
Correspondence
1950

Box 3055
Correspondence
1951-1952

Box 3055
Correspondence
1953

Box 3055
Correspondence
1954

Box 3055
Correspondence
1955

Box 3055
Deposit Slips, Treasurer's Office
1951-1954

Box 3056
Dittoing
1953, n.d.

Box 3056
Eastern States Radio Corp.
1950-1951, n.d.

Box 3056
Equipment Studio
n.d.

Box 3056
Hand Signals
n.d.

Box 3056
History
1947-1954

Box 3056
Hours at Radio Station
n.d.

Box 3056
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
1946-1954

Box 3056
Inventory
1952

Box 3056
License
1951

Box 3056
Officers, Membership
1952-1955

Box 3056
Organization
1948, n.d.

Box 3056
Other College Broadcasting Stations
1949-1954, n.d.

Box 3056
Petitions
1953-1954

Box 3056
Photographs
1949-1954

Box 3056
Pioneer Broadcasting System
1950-1951, n.d.

Box 3056
Polls, Radio
1948, n.d.

Box 3056
Pontiac Variety Show
n.d

Box 3056
Production Department
1954

Box 3056
Programs, Ideas for
1949-1951

Box 3057
Program Reports
n.d

Box 3057
Program Schedules
1950

Box 3057
Program Schedules
1953

Box 3057
Program Schedules
1954-1955

Box 3057
Program Schedules
1955

Box 3057
Program Scripts
1953-1955, n.d.

Box 3057
Radio Board
1941, n.d.

Box 3058
Radio Station Plan
1947-1948, n.d.

Box 3058
Receipts
1951-1954

Box 3058
Records, Sam Goody
1950

Box 3058
Registry of Motor Vehicles
1955

Box 3058
Restricted Radiation Devices, Rules
1955

Box 3058
Scripts, Advertising
1949-1954

Box 3058
Scripts, Advertising
1955-1959

Box 3058
Solicitors' Report
n.d.

Box 3058
Spot Announcements
1950-1954

Box 3058
Television, Educational Council
1953

Box 3058
Time Service
1954

Box 3058
Treasurer's Reports
1949-1954

Box 3058
SERIES II. STUDENT RUN RADIO STATIONS



WRSC, History
1977-1982

Box 3058
WRSC, License
1982

Box 3058
WRSC, Photographs
n.d.

Box 3058
WOZQ, Articles
1983-

Box 3058
WOZQ, Coverage
n.d.

Box 3058
WOZQ, Dirt Zine
1993-

Box 3058
WOZQ, Flyers (Events)
1997-

Box 3058
WOZQ, General
n.d.

Box 3058
WOZQ, License
2006

Box 3058
WOZQ, Photographs
1987-

Box 3058
WOZQ, Program Guides
1998-

Box 3058
WOZQ, Promotional Pieces
1998-

Box 3058

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Subjects
  • College radio stations--Massachusetts--Northampton.
  • Smith College. Radio Club.
  • WCSR (Radio station : Northampton, Mass.)
  • WOZQ (Radio station : Northampton, Mass.)

Contributors
  • Smith College. Radio Club.
  • WCSR (Radio station : Northampton, Mass.)
  • WOZQ (Radio station : Northampton, Mass.)


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