Valdosta is home to the radio station 90.9 FM, also known as Blaze FM.
The station, which was formally housed in the Student Union, had a delay sparking up this year due to legal issues involved with moving the station’s studio and antenna. There were several problems surrounding the relocation of their tower and antenna. The station had to get Federal Communications Commission approval for operations in temporary mode (their current low power status) and locate transmitting equipment for their new Hopper Hall location.
With their current low power status, anyone on campus and in many parts of Valdosta can listen to the station right now.
The radio station has a fairly new staff, with new shows and new ideas.
The station manager is Laura Rogers, who handles all of the behind the scenes aspects of the station. There are two program directors: LaJuan Haynes and Brandon Scheiber. Haynes is the Urban Program Director and he handles rap, R&B, soul and hip-hop. He also hosts a show called “The Lust Line” that airs Monday-Thursday nights from midnight – 2 a.m. Scheiber is the alternative director and he handles rock, metal, pop. Scheiber hosts a show, along with his co-host Shane Vanlandingham, called “Something Completely Different,” which airs every Tuesday night from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
“The goal of the station this year is to increase the awareness of the radio station, and make it known that anyone can be a DJ if they are interested, no matter the major or level of experience,” Rogers said. “We encourage everyone to pick up an application if interested.”
Blaze FM hopes to stream online soon so that anyone who can’t get to a radio will be able to listen to the station online from anywhere in the world.