WFCS is a non-commercial, student-run radio station at Central Connecticut State University. WFCS broadcasts popular music and programming daily to the New Britain-Hartford area. Students staff and administer all aspects of WFCS, gaining practical hands-on experience in all areas of broadcasting.
Students of CCSU are encouraged to become a part of the WFCS team. Interested students should fill out a DJ sign up sheet located on our website and hand it in at the station. WFCS is located on the CCSU campus in the Student Center.
WFCS operates at a frequency of 107.7 Mhz and our tower is located atop Vance Hall. WFCS plays all kinds of music and broadcast 24/7. Check us out!
This station began in the late 40s, as a carrier current AM station. The college, originally the New Britain Normal School changed names to the Teacher’s College of Connecticut in 1929. The original call letters of station were WTCC, a call-sign now held by the station of Springfield Technical Community College. The station’s studios were located in East Hall. In 1959 TCC became Central Connecticut State College. The call letters were changed to WCCS. When the new campus Student Center opening in the early 1960s, the studios were relocated. The station was affiliated with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In 1969 plans were started to move from AM to FM. Originally the WCCS call letters were requested. Local Hartford radio station WCCC thought this would cause too much confusion, so the call letters WFCS were assigned.
The station began broadcasting as WFCS on 90.1 FM with 10 watts in 1972 but had to vacate the frequency in 1980 due to FCC rule changes for low power non-commercial stations and to make room for Connecticut Public Radio which had increased its power from Middlefield. WFCS then moved to 97.9 and operated there for a decade until it was forced to move again due to its “secondary” status to make room for a new commercial radio station in Enfield, CT that was about to begin broadcasting on the same frequency. The WFCS application to move to its current dial position at 107.7 was prepared and filed by Carmine Iannace in 1987, while he was student at CCSU. Originally a move to the WTIC-TV tower in Farmington was proposed to dramatically increase the WFCS broadcast range, but it was rejected by FCC. Carmine was Program Director in addition to being Chief Engineer during his tenure at WFCS and was responsible, along with other station members at the time, for bringing the cutting edge, “new music” or alternative rock to WFCS and the New Britain/Hartford radio market in the 1980s.