Sewanee, Tennessee – In June, the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee school radio station, WMTN-LP 103.1, will receive a new sound. Under the direction of SAS music teacher JR Ankney, the station is reinvigorated with original programming plans including curated music shows, news reports, phone shows and sports broadcasts. The relaunch is scheduled to coincide with the school’s alumni weekend, June 3-5, 2022, when alumni will be welcomed into the studio to record memories of their time on the mountain.
In preparation for the relaunch, the station’s broadcast booth is moved from the basement of the Owen Student Union to the second floor of McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The move will provide opportunities for more connections with the school’s recording studio and music programs. Over the coming year, the school will also offer several station-related curricular opportunities, including broadcasting and production to introduce students to the skills and tools needed, including news writing, interview, podcast production, etc. Students will also learn how to use radio equipment, mixers, cards and microphones. Classes will be team-taught by Ankney and SAS drama teacher Chelsea Padro.
In addition to broadcasting within a 10-mile radius, FM 103.1, WMTN-LP, “The Mountain” is available for streaming. The station’s current lineup offers solid gold hit programming in a non-commercial public radio format. In preparation for the relaunch, Ankney appealed for donations which resulted in over 500 CDs being provided to the station.
“Our radio station is a huge asset here on the mountain,” says Ankney. “And, through internet streaming, we can reach parents, alumni, potential families and friends around the world.”
WMTN-LP is the gift of Bud Walters, a 1959 graduate of the Sewanee Military Academy and former SAS administrator. Bud and its suppliers donate most of the resort’s equipment and technical support. The station aired its first show on April 24, 2004. By helping provide this opportunity for students at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, Bud hopes to spark student interest in broadcasting.