To enhance its curriculum, Shaw University, one of the oldest historically Black universities in the Southern U.S., decided to sell its radio station, WSHA.
The sale of the radio station’s frequencies is part of Shaw University’s plan for a major overhaul of technology, facilities and learning infrastructure for its department of mass communications. But to many alumni, the sale is not justified.
“The investment is part of the Shaw University Board of Trustees’ strategic plan to modernize curriculum across all academic divisions to prepare students for rewarding careers as leaders and innovators in a variety of industries,” Kandace Harris, special assistant to the president and board trustee liaison at Shaw, said in a press release announcing the modernization plans.
Founded in 1968, WSHA has been a part of Shaw University for nearly 50 years, playing a range of music from jazz and blues to reggae and Latin. It was the first radio station to be owned and operated by a Black college or university.
“Radio was perhaps the most important communications medium in the world,” Shaw University interim President Paulette Dillard said in a statement. “It was an innovative move by the university. Fifty years later, the media landscape has evolved. Shaw is proud to remain at the forefront of innovation in communications and media arts.”