Awards & Events

WYSU Celebrates 50th Anniversary Oct. 20

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – WYSU-FM will celebrate its golden anniversary at a special ceremony Oct. 20 at Mill Creek MetroParks’ Davis Center. The event is open to the public and will feature live music, appetizers and a champagne toast.

WYSU is a charter member of National Public Radio and started broadcasting at 10 a.m. Oct. 23, 1969 from a studio built in the former Valley Park Motel on Wick Avenue. Seven years later, the radio station moved into a new suite in Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University, where it stayed until 2016. Since then, WYSU has operated out of Melnick Hall.

Online, WYSU offers streaming of its over-the-air broadcast, as well as an all-classical music channel. Among its current local programs are “Doing Good” hosted by Gina Marinelli, “Public Affairs” hosted by station director Gary Sexton and a series of interviews on politics by YSU professor Tim Francisco.

Over the years, the station has brought many NPR reporters and commentators to YSU, including the late Cokie Roberts, Scott Simon and Don Gonyea. It’s also been the Mahoning Valley’s home for NPR shows including “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and “The TED Radio Hour.”

Among WYSU’s own radio personalities over the decades have been Bill Foster, Martin Berger, Barbara Krauss, Rick Popovich, Carolyn Van Valien and Ed Goist.

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