College radio is back in the Azalea City as The Prowl took to the airwaves last Friday.
Officially 97.1-FM, WJGR, The Prowl is a low-power, student-operated radio station broadcasting from the University of South Alabama’s Department of Communications. In the works for the past six years, the station not only will offer college students an opportunity to earn experience that can help them pursue a career in radio, but it also revives a college radio tradition Mobile enjoyed when WTOH broadcast from Spring Hill College.
The Prowl started as an internet-only station in 2010, but has been working toward terrestrial radio since its inception.
“It’s a big opportunity for us to be recognized for the work we put into our shows and this station. This launch is something that past students have laid the foundation for and we are excited that we could take their work and grow it into this,” Operations Manager Adam Shubert said in a news release.
The station currently has seven shows airing during the week and is also available on other platforms, including online and the TuneIn app. Soon it will also be available on USA’s app.
“This is a historic moment for the department and the university. It’s nice to see the culmination of one student’s idea five years ago transform in a program,” faculty advisor Heather Leigh Stanley stated in the release.
Uncle Henry TV
Everyone’s favorite curmudgeon is getting back on the boob tube next week, as “The Uncle Henry Show” will begin running on the CW 55.
The move is the latest to expand the reach of one of the area’s most popular — and almost certainly its most unusual — broadcasts. Uncle Henry has been a staple of AM radio for many years, and for some time was the Mobile area’s only talk radio host dealing with local issues. In April Henry’s reach was greatly expanded when iHeartRadio began simulcasting the show on 99.5-FM The Jag.
On Sept. 26 the show will also hit television on CW 55 from 5-7 a.m. weekday mornings. The new televised version will come from Uncle Henry’s studios at iHeartRadio and essentially offer viewers a chance to watch radio being made. The show has been viewable online for several years. Uncle Henry says it will also give viewers a chance to see what happens when he’s not on the air during commercial breaks.
“I am offered the opportunity to do a broadcast TV show only once every 25 years, so this is a big deal for me personally. I think my simple-mindedness and true lack of intellect will appeal to a wide and diverse audience,” he said. “I hope to become the number one local TV show for the people of Chunchula, Alabama and Chumukla, Florida and other underserved small communities. Please watch or turn this show on for your dog, I need this job.”