Wednesday, February 24, 2010


The Ripon College FM radio station, WRPN, just celebrated its 49th anniversary last week on February 15th. The school had previously had an AM station which began broadcasting on September 25th, 1957 and experienced a number of technical problems. These were sorted out over the next few months and the college began broadcasting regularly a few months later on December 2nd. The campaign to acquire FM equipment and establish the FM station was led by William Jochimsen, Class of 1961.

Some of the programs during that initial year may have looked like the following:

Sunday schedule:

12:00-2:00 Noon Musicale w/ Paul Apman

2:00-5:00 A Sunday Afternoon w/ Dick Johnston

5:00-6:00 Off the air

6:00-7:00 Spin Cushion w/ Darryl Johnson and Dick Brian

7:00-9:00 Double Talk w/ Bill & Peter Jochimsen

9:00-10:00 Library of Music w/ Larry Egdahl

10:00-11:00 Jazz Contemporary Style w/ Cam Clapp

11:00-1:00 Invitation w/ Bob Krauss