Feds give WYSU nod for eight more years

The Federal Communications Commission has renewed the license for 88.5 WYSU-FM through 2020.

“It’s always good to get reaffirmation from the FCC that WYSU is working in service of the public interest,” said Gary Sexton, director. “It’s a reflection of the hard work of our entire staff and the university’s commitment to the station.”

The FCC requires all radio stations to renew their licenses every eight years. Sexton said the FCC mostly wants to ensure that stations are operating within federal regulations and are providing programming that serves the public interest.

Sexton said WYSU serves the public interest in several ways, including programming by National Public Radio and locally produced shows such as “Looking Out.”

“Looking Out,” which debuted last fall, is a forum for community leaders to come together to discuss global and national issues, many of vital concern to the Youngstown area. The host and moderator is George McCloud, YSU professor of Communications, with panelists that include Youngstown City Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark; Paul Sracic, YSU professor of Political Science; and Andrea Wood, founder and publisher of the Business Journal. Topics discussed have ranged from income disparities in the United States to the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics. For more information on the program, visit http://wysu.org/shows.php?id=4.