The WCDB Historical Society is a web site by and for the alumni members of WCDB or WSUA, the campus radio station at the State University of New York at Albany.

latest news

01.25.2014

Updated History page.

11.01.2013

Added more videos.

10.31.2013

Added Nathan Invincible's Halloween Thriller Marathon page.

10.30.2013

Updated History page and General Managers page.

10.29.2013

Posted the archive of WCDB's website in 1997.

just so we're clear

The WCDB Historical Society is not affiliated with WCDB Albany, The State University of New York or the UAlbany Student Association.


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Happy 36th Birthday to WCDB!

Here are some audio and video highlights to help celebrate the station's 36th anniversary:

Listen to WCDB Reunion Audio - The reunion is being recorded and will be posted here for listening and download for several days after the reunion.

WCDB 33rd Birthday with DJ Nicole - DJ (and former GM) Nicole plays her favorite music and audio clips from the station's history during the station's 33rd birthday.

WCDB 33 1/3rd Alumni Reunion Round Table - alumni visiting during WCDB's 33-1/3rd Anniversary weekend sit down and discuss their time at the station.

WCDB 32nd Birthday with DJ Phatrick - Patrick Dodson, aka DJ Phatrick, observes WCDB's 32nd birthday with historical trivia and audio clips.

The Kitchen - 30th Anniversary Edition - DJ Leon hosts his well known 80s show The Kitchen for WCDB's 30th anniversary weekend featuring many alumni appearances and musical contributions.

The History of WCDB and 2003 Alumni Panels - this page hosts the audio history of WCDB and a number of on-air alumni panels from 2003 (the 25th anniversary).

Notes from The Underground 1998 - re-live the WCDB alternative sounds of the late 1980s with Notes From The Underground.

WCDB Videos - the Videos page includes moments from many eras of WCDB history.

Airwaves Program Guides - Some vintage WCDB program guides from the 1980s and 1990s.

WCDB 36th anniversary April 4-5 2014

WCDB marks its 36th anniversary with a special concert and dinner at The Low Beat, Albany's newest club, on April 4th and 5th, 2014. Details are here.

what makes WCDB so special?

There are thousands of college radio stations around the world, and all of them have their special qualities. As college students who were exposed to WCDB in one way or another, we choose to acknowledge how our involvement in the station has impacted our lives. And it seems a nearly ubiquitous trend that station members cite WCDB as a life-impacting experience. For one, SUNY Albany is a large public University, with a truly diverse student population from all areas of the planet, but still somewhat in the "driving-distance" shadows of New York City. For each type of student at the school is a composite, representative type of WCDB member, bringing both varied interests and commonality of goal: to entertain friends and strangers over the airwaves of Albany, New York (and now over the web stream). As a fully student-governed station, WCDB morphs and caters to the needs and wants of an ever changing population, truly reflecting the evolution of music, college life, and what it means to be an "alternative to the discourse of mainstream popular culture" which is easily found on almost every commercial radio station. And second, WCDB largely communicates that evolution and that alternative stance mostly by using the universal language of music. Not just the music promoted by major and indie music labels, but by bands and artists themselves who send recordings and visit the station to play their music on the air.

We may be biased, as station members who look fondly upon our station experiences, or we may lack any basis of comparison with membership in other college radio stations, but for me and many former members whose names grace these pages, we do think WCDB is so special. Whether it is special among all stations is not important; it is special to us. The time we spend there, however long, totally rocks. And it rocks us.

We hope you enjoy our tribute to WCDB, not just as a collection of CD players, microphones and transmitting equipment, but as a group of individuals and a concept which gave purpose to years of our college existence.

If you've got stories or information to share, by all means get in touch!