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West Chester University graduate student Sean Fourney arrived on campus at the same time an opportunity arose that seemed tailored for him.
Borough-based WCHE 1520AM had an opening for a 30-minute, live radio program, and wanted to develop a connection with the University. The recent East Stroudsburg University communication studies graduate had hosted a talk show for two years and also served as education director for the student-run campus radio station WESS 90.3FM. When a graduate assistantship at WCU became available, Fourney slid comfortably into a role as both student and broadcaster.
And the live radio program “Ram Jam” was born.
Fourney is on the air from 1:30 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday, telling listeners about activities, volunteer opportunities and the general buzz on campus, as well as giving them some insightful recaps on events he’s attended. As a newcomer to campus, his journalistic curiosity and conversational tone invite listeners to linger rather than turn the dial.
Each week, he prepares for a live interview with a University community member on a timely topic, from the political conventions held earlier this fall to mental health awareness month (October). Students, faculty and administrators are all guests.
In doing Ram Jam, he says he’s learned "how expert the faculty really are and how much happens on campus."
He chose WCU because everything academically and otherwise was the right fit for him: "It's a beautiful campus and town, close to the city, and I liked the feeling of this small, close-knit community, both on the campus and in the borough."
That sense of community is one of the reasons people should listen to the show.
"We hope Ram Jam will become appointment radio for those in Chester County who want to find out what’s happening on West Chester's campus," says WCHE General Manager Bill Mason.
"I hope we can extend the community feeling," Fourney adds, "broadcasting opportunities for the community not only to attend WCU events but possibly to get involved in them alongside students."
Listen to Fourney on Ram Jam at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday on WCHE 1520AM.