July 09, 2023

Remember this Haven for college radio?

Haven Hall has been home to countless Beloiters since it was completed in 1927, not only as a place to sleep, but also as the site of the beloved college radio station WBCR 90.3 FM.

Two students operate WBCR in Haven Hall. Credit: Beloit College ArchivesScoville Hall — a building that started as the college’s preparatory department, shapeshifting into chemistry labs, carpenter shops, theatrical costume storage, and art studios over its near-century of use — housed the station since its first broadcast in 1948. By the early 1970s, the building’s disrepair led the college to demolish it, moving WBCR into Haven.

For nearly a dozen classes of Beloiters, radio shows broadcast in Haven filled the airwaves with tunes from every genre. Students found their voices — metaphorically and otherwise — and connected with friends, mentors, and community members about sports, pop culture, campus life, and more. In early 1985, the reopening of Pearsons Hall shifted the station to yet another campus location, but Haven’s uniquely dorm-like studio setup remains one of the highlights of Beloit life for students of the decade.

Do you have any photos of WBCR in Haven? Can you identify these deejays? Email us at belmag@beloit.edu.


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