Redefining the Classroom

Student radio station WLSO reorganizes, seeks student disc jockeys

Posted: September 13th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s student-run radio station has reorganized for the 2013-2014 school year and is aiming to become a unique listening stop on the FM dial.

The station, WLSO 90.1 FM, invites any students interested in hosting a show as a disc jockey or becoming a mobile DJ for campus events to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in the station’s office in the lower level of the Walker Cisler Center on campus – room 105.

“Our station is in the middle of a total makeover and will be focused on playing more indie, college and alt-rock, and folk/bluegrass/Americana, in a way to make our station unique to the area,” said Eddie Bishop, a senior studying sports and recreation management who is the station’s public relations and marketing director. “Last year, we tried to please everyone’s musical interests and it made the station sound a bit cluttered. This year, we will be the only station in the area that is focused solely on these genres of music.”

NEW YEAR, NEW FACES, NEW BEGINNING -- LSSU's student-run radio station, WLSO 90.1 FM, is gearing up for a new year with the intent of having a format unique to the area. The station's management, pictured above, is looking for students who are interested in hosting their own radio shows. An organizational meeting is being held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in the station's office, located in the lower level of the Walker Cisler Center on campus. Pictured in the top row, from left: station PR director Eddie Bishop, a senior sports and recreation manager from Hudson, and music director Erica Smith, a freshman liberal arts major from Warren. In the bottom row, from left, is station DJ director Carl Mason, a junior electrical engineering technology major from Sault Ste. Marie; station manager John Orttenburger, a senior business administration major from Iron Mountain; and station engineer Dylan Carlson, a junior computer science major from Kingsford. A print-resolution version of this photo can be found by clicking here. (LSSU/John Shibley)

WLSO broadcasts at 100 watts and on clear days can be picked up six to eight miles outside of Sault Ste. Marie. It broadcasts commercial-free throughout the school year as well as the summer.

In addition to looking for more listeners, Bishop said the station’s management seeks to have more student involvement with more of them hosting shows. He said WLSO will be sponsoring many campus events this year, including theme nights in the Quarterdeck student dining hall and ‘Jitters,’ a coffee-house style program held in the Walker Cisler Center.

“We are also very proud to announce that we will be providing live play-by-play broadcasts from Laker Volleyball’s home games,” he added.

Bishop said the station will hold a launch party on campus later in the semester.

LSSU students who want to become involved with the station may attend the organizational meeting or call 906-635-7504. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Eddie Bishop, 635-7504,