WUVT was first organized in September 1947 and went on the air for the first time on April 1, 1948. In August 1951, the studios were destroyed by fire, but WUVT returned to the air in late November of the next year. WUVT-FM came into existence in October of 1969 when it signed on the air as a non-commercial, educational, free-radiating station at 90.7 megahertz. WUVT broadcasts 24 hours a day and serves the community with music, news, sports and public affairs programming. WUVT-AM and WUVT-FM are both operated by the students of Virginia Tech, with studios located in Squires Student Center. WUVT is now operated by the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech (EMCVT), a 501c3 formed in 1997 to replace the Student Media Board.
WUVT has hosted a variety of eclectic programs over the past several decades. In 1976, the radio serial Hokieman was created.
Hokieman was a radio program based on the cartoon character created by Tom Brodeur.
It was originally broadcast on WUVT-AM and FM during the Spring of 1976 and was sponsored on WUVT-AM by the Blacksburg Marriott featuring the Jacob's Lantern Inn restaurant. The series was repeated in the Fall of 1976 with a different sponsor.
A lot of wonderful people worked on Hokieman including: Jeannette Caporale (who, I believe, got the ball rolling), Greg Bale (who was Hokieman and also my writing partner), Thomas H. Twine (who did magic with splicing tape), J.J. King, Sue Eister, Mo Donaldson, Craig Francks, and our inimitable narrator Amy Pratt.
In the Spring of 1998 I began to worry that the original master tapes would deteriorate and be lost forever. To prevent that from happening, the masters were copied to DAT. During this process, most of the splices let go. The DAT copy was then digitally transferred to a 360 Systems Shortcut editor where the segments were digitally re-spliced. The programs were then digitally transferred back to DAT where they were mastered for CD on a Roland digital audio workstation. Many thanks to Brian Glock for that!
The shows are a bit dated, the levels are inconsistent, the writing's uneven and the acting's suspect at best, but we sure had a great time making radio magic. And, you know, some of the bits still hold up. You be the judge. Enjoy!"
-- Jim Bigwood, 1999
You can listen to Hokieman below: