New tech for North Central radio station in Naperville

  • Freshman Graycen Mylott of Elgin works the board Tuesday at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central  College's student-run radio station in Naperville. The station hosted an open house in  celebration new digital equipment.

      Freshman Graycen Mylott of Elgin works the board Tuesday at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central College's student-run radio station in Naperville. The station hosted an open house in celebration new digital equipment. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A new Wheatstone console is the centerpiece of a recent technology upgrade at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central College's student-run radio station. Zac Heren, a junior from Morris, was finishing his DJ duties Tuesday during an open house.

      A new Wheatstone console is the centerpiece of a recent technology upgrade at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central College's student-run radio station. Zac Heren, a junior from Morris, was finishing his DJ duties Tuesday during an open house. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • General Manager Zach DeWitz shows off new broadcast studio equipment Tuesday during an open house at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central College's student-run radio station in Naperville.

      General Manager Zach DeWitz shows off new broadcast studio equipment Tuesday during an open house at WONC 89.1 FM, North Central College's student-run radio station in Naperville. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Technology inside Oliver Hall, home of WONC 89.1 FM at North Central College in Naperville, has been upgraded to match or exceed the quality of equipment found in many commercial radio stations, GM Zach DeWitz said.

      Technology inside Oliver Hall, home of WONC 89.1 FM at North Central College in Naperville, has been upgraded to match or exceed the quality of equipment found in many commercial radio stations, GM Zach DeWitz said. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/12/2020 5:25 AM

The broadcast studio inside the small house that is Oliver Hall on the North Central College campus in Naperville was the site of a celebration Tuesday of new technology and new abilities.

WONC 89.1 FM, the college's student-run radio station based at the building on Chicago Avenue, hosted an open house to introduce the campus community to new digital equipment that could help students get an edge on careers in the broadcasting field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The recently-upgraded radio facility hosted tours for students, alumni, faculty and staff, showing off a new console and other features to be used by students on-air and behind the scenes at the pure rock station.

"The upgrades to our studio give our students a radio experience that they likely won't get from any other college station," Zach DeWitz, a North Central alum who is the station's general manager, said in a news release. "Many large-market commercial radio stations don't have equipment this nice, and I'm thankful that our generous donors came through to provide this for our students."

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