Classical Music Radio from FAU
Wavelengths is the audio component of the SCMS Multimedia Studies program at FAU. This webcast consists of streaming classical music and spoken-word programming. Listen to Wavelengths on iTunes.
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Wavelengths General Manager Kevin Petrich is an academic and longtime broadcaster. He holds a B.S. in Political Science (1984) from Florida State University and an M.A. in Communication (1995) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies (2003) from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Petrich has taught a wide array of communication courses for Nova Southeastern University and Palm Beach, Broward, and Indian River Community Colleges, but now primarily teaches media studies courses in Florida Atlantic University's Department of Communication Prior to entering academia, Wavelengths' general manager worked in broadcasting for eighteen years. He was a manager, producer, and on-air host at West Palm Beach's public radio station, WXEL-FM.
Later, while studying for his master's degree, he worked part-time at Miami's commercial classical station, WTMI-FM. It also was during this period that Dr. Petrich interned for the BBC World Service, spending two weeks writing and producing programs at Bush House in London. Wavelengths is, in some sense, a natural next step in its general manager's academic and broadcasting careers. Conventional broadcasting is an incredibly rewarding profession, with enormous potential for entertainment and enlightenment. But having spent so many years in a field increasingly given to commercial—more than to cultural and social—concerns, Dr. Petrich also understands mass communication's constraints. This awareness inspired his dissertation, Public Broadcasting's Problematic Publicness: An Analysis of the Effectiveness and Prospects of Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting, which explored American public broadcasting's problems and the work of a citizen's movement focused on reforming the system.