A new signal is expanding the reach of EVIT’s student-run radio station, The Pulse, across the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Hitting the airwaves on Aug. 11, 88.7FM The Pulse, a Top 40 Dance station, is now covering more area with a much clearer signal than its previous stations, 90.7FM and 92.7FM. The new tower, located in Maricopa, broadcasts 15,000 watts on 88.7, compared to 2,000 watts that the previous stations played.
That’s good news for the Radio/Audio Production students at the East Valley Institute of Technology who operate the station, their listeners and their supporters.
“We are heavily supported on 88.7FM The Pulse by our sponsors, and so not only does our stronger signal help the average listener with our increased signal power and strength, but it’s a huge benefit to our Friends of the Pulse underwriters,” said Emily Aiton, the station’s business manager. “We now will be able to grow our listenership, and our sponsors’ message will hit even more people in the Valley.”
Radio/Audio Production instructor Steve Grosz started EVIT’s radio station in 2010, broadcasting at 90.7 FM. In 2012, the station expanded to 92.7 FM. Since then, the Radio/Audio Production program and radio station have grown to include recording booths and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
“We also currently have a donation tab on our website, PulseRadio.FM, if our community would like to help us meet the goals of our program, as we are listener-supported,” Aiton said. “This will not only benefit the station, but the students that are currently enrolled in EVIT’s radio program.”
About 100 high school students and young adults from the East Valley are enrolled in the Radio/Audio Production program at EVIT, a career and technical education school. EVIT offers more than 40 occupational training programs. For more information about the Radio/Audio Production program and EVIT, visit www.evit.com.
The Pulse operates from EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.