Amid the controlled chaos of Coastal Carolina celebrating their first bowl in program history at Exploria Stadium in Orlando on Friday night were members of the school’s radio station, WCCU Radio.
Throughout the fall, students at WCCU Radio, the university’s student-run radio network, have called up CCU’s home football and basketball games. With the Chants in Orlando, Jeff Ranta, the station’s educational advisor, didn’t expect the crew to make the trip.
“We thought we would probably have the chance to cover the Myrtle Beach Bowl at [Brooks Stadium]”, remembers Ranta.
Then the exact opposite happened. The Myrtle Beach Bowl was full, but the Cure Bowl had extended the invitation to go downstairs.
“It was even a Hail Mary email for getting here,” said Natalie Corson, senior program director for WCCU Radio. “And when we had the chance, we knew we had to jump on it.”
Corson said she was thrilled her team was able to attend, especially all the work she and others have done to make WCCU Radio a more recognizable name on campus.
“Most people don’t even know we have a radio station,” Corson said. “When I arrived it was one of my goals. This was one of my goals as an intern last semester, but coming back as a program director this year, it was really one of my goals to keep going and making sure people do it. know.
After the formation of the Coastal Carolina Communication, Media and Culture Department in 2008, WCCU Radio began. The radio station allows students to create, produce and host their own radio show at a time slot that suits them. A student’s show can be a solo endeavor or a group effort and can discuss a variety of topics from sports and music to current affairs.
With the opportunity the radio team had in Orlando, Corson wanted the students to know what the team had done there.
“I don’t want this to go unnoticed,” Corson said.
Along with Ranta and Corson, other team members included Dr James Abdallah, Senior Director and WCCU Radio Director for Sports Broadcasting, TJ O’Sullivan; Ramsey Cook, the station manager; and sophomore play-by-play announcer Bennett Ferguson. Ferguson, who dabbled in radio a bit when he was in high school, said that while he didn’t have the experience of his peers, he took full advantage of the opportunity that Ranta said Ferguson won. .