History

History books.
History books.

WYSU has a rich history that spans over 40 years. If you're interested, check out our history slideshow and notable events.

  • 1967
    Don Elser, Steve Grcevich, and YSU President Albert Pugsley propose a fine arts radio station for Youngstown State University and the Mahoning Valley Community.
  • 1969
    At 10:00 a.m. October 23, WYSU-FM signs on the air at 88.5 MHZ as a charter member of National Public Radio, broadcasting 12 hours daily from its studios in room 310 of the former Valley Park Motel on Wick Avenue. Began airing All Things Considered. Aired first edition of Folk Festival with Charles Darling. Original staff members were:
    • Steve Grcevich, Director of Telecommunications
    • Bill Foster, Announcer/Record Librarian
    • Polly Golden, Secretary
    • Lew Moler, Chief Engineer
    • Richard Stevens, Program Director
  • 1971
    Became part of the first radio network using satellite delivery of programs.
  • 1972
    Aired first edition of Now’s The Time with Martin Berger.
  • 1973
    Began airing Saturday Night on Broadway with Don Elser.
  • 1974
    Began 18-hour broadcast day.
  • 1976
    Moved studios to newly built Cushwa Hall
  • 1980
    Began 24-hour broadcast day. First on-air fundraiser.
  • 1985
    Morning Edition began. Robert Peterson named director.
  • 1987
    Bill Foster passes away. Barbara Krauss named announcer/producer.
  • 1988
    Ann Cliness named announcer/producer.
  • 1990
    Began summer bus excursions to Blossom Music Center.
  • 1991
    Began operation of new 50,000 watt transmitter with antenna moved to WKBN tower. Aired live coverage of the first Gulf War.
  • 1993
    Ashtabula translator began operation at 90.1 FM.
  • 1995
    New Wilmington translator began operation at 89.9.
  • 1996
    Added state-of-the-art digital editing equipment. Sponsored first Mad About The Arts. Automated overnight programs.
  • 1997
    Added political affairs program Commentary Cafe.
  • 1998
    Michael Cervone named announcer/producer. Improved New Wilmington signal by moving translator to 97.5 FM.
  • 2000
    First station-sponsored European tour: Great Britain. Gary Sexton named director of broadcasting. Added website & streaming audio. Initiated Robert W. Peterson Scholarship.
  • 2001
    David Luscher named associate director. Aired live coverage of 9/11. Expanded news programming.
  • 2003
    Began broadcasting Youngstown 2010 simulcasts with PBS 45 & 49. Added A Prairie Home Companion.
  • 2004
    Installed digital equipment in the broadcast studios.
  • 2005
    Ed Goist named development underwriter.
  • 2006
    Began first strategic planning process since station made its debut.
  • 2007
    Began broadcasting in HD (digital). Began Lincoln Avenue community affairs program.
  • 2008
    Added all-classical HD channel. Added all-classical Internet stream. Big plans for the future.