Mansfield University’s student-run station has been running over 40 years
Mansfield University’s WNTE “The Giant” 89.5 FM radio station has been broadcasting from the campus for over 40 years. Listeners can tune in to the station within a 10-12 mile radius from the school, or hop online to stream it worldwide. The program is supervised by Faculty Adviser Gary McIntyre, however, his role mainly involves suggestions and giving advice to the student managers of the station.
“As advisor, I’m not a manager or a hands-on person,” says McIntyre. “We have our own general manager and assistant manager and all the different positions. I meet with the executive board once a week and I give reports from each director that’s on WNTE.”
The station is currently located in Alumni Hall on the Mansfield University campus. From vinyl, to cassette tapes, to fully automated computer systems – WNTE has undergone many changes over the years.
“I believe it was the first station located in and transmitting from Mansfield.” says General Manager, Matt Dishler. Dishler oversees the day to day runs, maintains the emergency broadcast systems functions, and makes sure the station DJ’s are well prepared to air their shows with suitable lineups.
WNTE has been located in “The Fishbowl” of Alumni Hall for about 6 years. The station’s tech is monitored by Chief Engineer, Greg Eibach. His job involves checking the equipment functionality and overseeing repairs, troubleshooting any issues that arise and keeping it running smoothly.
“The experience that I’ve gained here is definitely going to help me with a job if I decide to go into radio, or anything like it,” says Eibach. “I have the experience to put on a resume now that I’ve worked as an engineer. I do know the basics ways around what I’m going to face in the field.”