|City||Alfred, New York|
|Branding||90.7 FM the Leap|
|Owner||Alfred State College|
WETD (90.7 FM) is a college radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed in Alfred, New York, United States, the station is currently owned by Alfred State College and operated by the college's student body.
In the early 1960s, Alfred State College students tinkered with radio paraphernalia, providing entertainment to Happy Valley. A few members of the Engineering Technology faculty and staff took an interest, and soon WETD (W Engineering Technology Department) was an official radio station, broadcasting at 10 watts from the Engineering Building. There were strict programming rules and hours of operation; it was a character-building time for WETD, but mostly engineering-based.
By the late 1960s, music and radio were a powerful means of increasing social awareness, which drew more than just engineers to the studio. In the 1970s there was campus-wide involvement by students from all curricula, resulting in Alfred State College Student Senate funding the operation as a student club/organization.
Also in the 70s, the station moved its operations to the basement of the Orvis Activities Center, with much-needed equipment improvements installed in 1989 —new turntables, cd players, mixing board, reel to reel tape decks, cart machines, and powered by a 50-watt transmitter. But visibility was an issue, so plans were drafted in the 1990s to move the studios to the Orvis Activities Center with much more transmitter power and many more technology options. WETD received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase power from 350 watts to 3.5 kilowatts. On August 14, 2013, the WETD Main Studio was moved to a prime 4th floor location in the new $33 million Student Leadership Center (SLC) at Alfred State College. WETD DJ's & alumni welcomed visitors on September 27, 2013, during ASC's Homecoming and Family Weekend events.
Today, WETD is actively involved in the local communities through on-air radio interviews and event announcements, as well as off-air through DJ events and community service projects. In March 2008, WETD set a goal and succeeded in raising over $1,100 from fellow students for needed children’s supplies at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville (town), New York; for this, the station was later awarded the 2007-08 Community Service Award by the Alfred State College Student Senate. In November 2008, WETD DJ’s assisted in raising over $1,500 for Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County's Breakfast with Santa program, and then volunteered to serve as Santa's Helper for these students and their families at the breakfast. Currently, out of 80+ ASC clubs and organizations, WETD has been awarded the Community Service Award (now called the Civic Engagement Award) 5 out of the past 8 years.
WETD students are committed to providing the best variety of music and programming in accordance with FCC regulations, as well as meeting the communities' needs both on-air and off. WETD holds educational membership with the New York State Broadcasting Association (NYSBA) and the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI). In August, 2013, WETD was approved as an Associate member of the Wellsville (NY) Chamber of Commerce for its years of volunteer service at the Main Street Festival and the Great Wellsville Area Balloon Rally Clambake.
- "FCC Engineering Data for WETD". FCC Engineering Data for WETD. FCC. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "WETD Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Alfred State U. Press Release
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WETD
- Radio-Locator information on WETD
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WETD