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UAlbany radio station turns 50

Early broadcasts came from a janitor’s closet

Bill McCann left, interviews John Michalke, class of 1970, an alumni of the WSUA college radio station at the University at Albany during a remote broadcast from Brubacher Hall, where the station first went on the air 50 years ago, on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Bill McCann left, interviews John Michalke, class of 1970, an alumni of the WSUA college radio station at the University at Albany during a remote broadcast from Brubacher Hall, where the station first went on the air 50 years ago, on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
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The sound of men’s voices, playfully lifted in song, drifted from a little lounge in UAlbany’s Brubacher Hall. “I love you, I love you, I love you and where you go I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow,” they crooned, recalling 1963, when “I Will Follow You” by Ricky Nelson hit the pop charts — the same year WSUA began broadcasting at UAlbany. Station alumni gathered Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WSUA’s inception, and ...

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