Current WSC students praise the networking and support in the Mass Communication program. The student media at WSC has a “family feeling” in which you will gain help and support from your fellow students. It’s not so large that you get lost in the crowd or have to stand in line behind more experienced students to do meaningful and fun on-air work. You will be on a first name basis with your teachers, who will know you by name.
On 91.9 the Cat you will have extensive hands-on opportunities throughout your college career, starting as early as your first semester in college. Student management roles are available as you build your radio experience, including general manager, program director, prediction director, sports director, music director, special events director, and other positions. In addition to looking great on your resume, these jobs provide valuable leadership and life experiences for your future.
If you are interested in sports play-by-play, you can begin as early as your first or second semester. Several recent graduates have gone on to fulltime sports director jobs in commercial radio, based on the skills they learn on 91.9 the Cat.
Travel and Conferences
You will have travel opportunities to visit professional media, attend conferences, and participate in award competitions. Our students regularly win first place awards in the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association.
The hardware and software you use will be typical of real-world systems. We have Associated Press news and are members of the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association. We record and edit audio digitally using Adobe Audition, and our Simian automation system is used by 1,700 radio stations around the world.
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"
Special events and public relations are important to any radio station, and on the staff of 91.9 the Cat you will participate in the planning, promotion, and staging of special events, large and small. These include the annual 91.9 the Cat Turkey Drop each November to celebrate Thanksgiving, inspired by the Turkey Drop episode of the classic TV comedy WKRP in Cincinnati (ask your parents or grandparents about the series). In the spring, the station performs a major special event to raise money for the Haven House domestic abuse shelter in Wayne. These memorable events are fun, but also excellent learning experiences.