Community gathers to celebrate the launch of Eastern’s KWLB 93.1 FM and AT&T’s 4G LTE service
WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 30, 2015) – More than 100 people gathered in Wilburton on Thursday to celebrate the launch of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s KWLB 93.1 FM and AT&T’s 4G LTE service to the area.
The “Flip the Switch” event recognized the partnership between Eastern and AT&T Oklahoma to make the project possible.
“AT&T is proud to offer 4G LTE in Wilburton and to partner with Eastern Oklahoma State College to launch KWLB radio,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma. “This collaboration will serve the community for years to come.”
Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith said the partnership began when AT&T was seeking a location to place a new tower in order to bring the 4G LTE service to the area, while Eastern was in search of a tower to place its terrestrial radio equipment for the new station
“This project came together at the right time. AT&T built a 350-foot tower on our campus and is gifting it back to the college. That’s huge,” Smith said. “We now have a long-term agreement in place to offer both services to the community for many years. We’re very appreciative of AT&T and we can’t thank them enough.”
Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee also spoke about the impact on the local community.
“What a great opportunity this is, not only for this campus, but also from a community standpoint,” Brinlee said. “With this radio station, our local business and the college can showcase themselves and we’re going to be able to tell more people about who we are and what we have to offer.”
The 25,000 watt radio station is reaching listeners in Red Oak, Wilburton, Hartshorne and McAlester, as well as some areas to the north and south of those communities including Eufaula, Checotah and Warner. The station features a “Best Mix” of music programming, including Top 40, pop, adult contemporary, light classic rock and today’s cross-over country music.
Wilburton High School graduate and Eastern alumnus Kyle Williams provided entertainment during the event with live music. A professional singer and songwriter, Williams sang two songs while playing the guitar.
Eastern students in the Mass Communication program were also on hand to talk about their involvement with the radio station. Students serve as interns and on-air personalities, producing news and weather reports, public service announcements and other programming. They will also have the opportunity to select music, produce their own show, help with live remotes and provide play-by-play and color commentary during sports broadcasts.
Representatives from Eastern, AT&T and the City of Wilburton spoke during the “Flip the Switch” celebration on Thursday. Pictured are (left to right) Kristen Turner, professor of Mass Communication; Doug Sims, general manager of Mountaineer Radio KWLB 93.1 FM; Wilburton Mayor Stephen Brinlee; Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma; Jason Winborn, area manager for AT&T Oklahoma; and Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith.
Wilburton High School graduate and Eastern alumnus Kyle Williams performs live during the “Flip the Switch” celebration.