WEPR 90.1

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WEPR 90.1 FM was the first radio station of the South Carolina Educational Radio Network, first broadcasting on September 3, 1972, from a cramped studio off of the lobby in the Clemson House.

The following article appeared in The Tiger's April 20, 1979 issue, (Vol. 72, No. 25), page seven:

"Clemson University's staff of radio station WEPR-FM (Greenville-Spartanburg) has captured two awards in the 1978 broadcast competition of the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas.

"Taking top honors in the documentary category was "In the Shadow of Standing Indian," a program examining activity on a segment of the Appalachian Trail. The broadcast aired last August and was produced by Clemson University student Michael Ausherman, a part-time production assistant with WEPR and a student in Clemson's department of recreation and park administration.

"Coverage of Clemson football coach Charlie Pell's [sic: the article spelled it "Charley"] resignation in December took top honors in sports reporting. The award-winnning segments, including locker-room interviews with players, were produced by Keith Hamlin, a production assistant and Clemson engineering graduate student, and Bo Bierley, news director at WEPR.

"WEPR station manager Lily Hall said she hoped the awards would 'create a greater public awareness of the quality and scope of programming being produced by public radio in South Carolina.'

"WEPR was one of only two South Carolina stations to receive awards. Commercial station WFBC (Greenville) was cited for best spot news coverage."

Many radio station staffers would do dual duty at both WEPR and at WSBF.

In one of the worst decisions of Clemson President Bill Atchley's tenure, he decided that there was no reason why Clemson should support both WSBF-FM and WEPR 90.1 FM and let the NPR-affiliate station license go to Spartanburg. It was a sad day when when the satellite dishes behind the C House were packed off to Sparkle City.


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