Blazing Trails for the New Wave of WLCA Students



Photo provided by: L&C Flickr
Photo provided by: L&C Flickr
Jake Wood

One of Lewis and Clark Community College’s biggest sources of pride is its successful student-run radio station. The station plays a youthful mix of Alternative rock and Indy rock/pop music.

Leading the way for 89.9 FM is Station Manager Mike Lemons, who has been in charge for the last 20 years.

When asked why he thought the radio station had been so successful during his tenure he said, “Any success the station has enjoyed over the years are due to the students having a great amount of passion for what they do and support they give one another.”

Lemons also spoke highly of many former radio program members, including Joey Bradfish, who is the producer of the John Jay and Rich show in Phoenix, Arizona; Amanda Valentine, who is an on-air personality in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Valerie Buckley, who is a producer for the popular hometown station 1120 KMOX.

As far as awards are concerned, the station has won an AIR award for being the best St. Louis student-run radio station and has also been nominated for several College Music Journal awards, which are nationally recognized, in recent years.

That continuous success over the years has led to Mike Lemons having big expectations for his current students. He wants them to live up to their slogan and be “College Radios Best.” Often, he is rewarded by his students rising to the occasion to meet those expectations.

This year the station is being led by Program Director Jacob Watters, Music Director Malory Wuellner, Production Director Justin Myers and Promotions Director Mikeith Teague.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity, and I am really just hoping it leads to a good job after I graduate,” Myers said.

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