WRHU-FM is a cornerstone of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra. In existence longer than any other noncommercial radio station on Long Island, WRHU has thousands of alumni stretching back over 60 years. More than 280 students participate at WRHU each year.
To provide professional broadcast and multi-platform training to qualified Hofstra University students.
As early as the first semester in their first year at Hofstra, students train on/use industry standard equipment (audio, video, social media) and gain on-air experience. This prepares students to enter the traditional broadcasting and new media/multi-platform/social media industries at the highest possible level.
WRHU's student staff produce and distribute programming to partner AM/FM radio stations, social media, and multi-media platforms. WRHU serves a diverse community broadcasting locally via 88.7 FM to Long Island, New York City, and parts of Connecticut. WRHU broadcasts worldwide via WRHU.org and the WRHU iPhone app. WRHU broadcasts select Hofstra Pride games via the Hofstra Athletic Web Channel (HAWC) and / or GoHofstra.com. WRHU is world famous for producing and distributing live game broadcasts for the New York Islanders NHL franchise. These student produced NY Islander game broadcasts can be heard on ESPN Radio New York City (98.7FM or 1050 AM), LI News WRCN FM Long Island, WRHU FM, and worldwide on Sirius/XM and NHL.com / NHL app.
Pictured above: WRHU student broadcasters in our multi-media studio using Wheatstone audio mixing surfaces, a tri-caster, and other audio/video tech to broadcast a “radio” talk show live simultaneously on WRHU FM, Facebook Live, and other platforms. Students produce and air many multi-platform live shows. This is the kind of in-depth, multi-platform, forward-thinking training our students get at WRHU.
WRHU has a large, vibrant award-winning staff
WRHU has an operating staff of more than 280 (most of which are current Hofstra students). The student broadcasters at WRHU regularly produce and host programs which earn numerous awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, National Association of Broadcasters/NAB, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Press Club of Long Island, Sportscasters Talent Agency of America, IBS, CMA, and other organizations. The Princeton Review has ranked WRHU FM #1 Best College Radio Station twice! CMA has presented WRHU with two Pinnacle Awards as “Best Station”. The NAB has recognized the quality of WRHU with three Marconi Awards! WRHU was selected as the first ever non-commercial station to earn an NAB Marconi in 2014. WRHU earned a 2nd Marconi as best “non-comm” in 2017. NAB awarded WRHU the first ever Marconi for “Best College Station” in 2019. WRHU also earned two NAB Marconi finalist selections in 2016 and 2021.
School of Communication professionals Bruce Avery and John Mullen supervise station operations, provide broadcasting experience, and mentor students. A group of community volunteers offer life experience, individual talents and peer leadership.
How to Participate
To participate at WRHU, all staff must complete a 10-week, non-credit course covering audio engineering, announcing, audio production, programming strategies, Internet broadcasting, FCC rules, social media, and more. The course consists of classroom hours and in-studio workshops where students gain valuable hands-on experience. All staff must pass a written exam and a hands-on, in-studio equipment operating exam. After students complete the course, they have the ability to be mentored, either one on one or in a small group setting, by one of our in-house professionals. This deep, rich training is why WRHU is the number one college radio station for developing future broadcasters.
Amazing opportunity is another reason WRHU is the best college radio station for pre-professional development. At WRHU students can develop their skills participating in one of many news/talk/public affairs programs, working on our many sports broadcasts, or hosting one of our many music programs. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in the area of marketing and promotions, technical engineering, and management.
Apply now to join the WRHU team!
As is the case with many extra curricular activities at many colleges, competition for participation is stiff. WRHU receives a large number of applications each semester; far more than we can accommodate in any given training class. Since WRHU has a long standing and very successful educational mission, current Hofstra students receive priority for all training classes. When completing a WRHU recruitment application, provide as much information about yourself (i.e., résumé, personal statement, links to online work and / or your LinkedIn profile. If you have questions email John.T.Mullen@Hofstra.edu
Click on the link below to print out an application:
WRHU Application (PDF version; requires Acrobat Reader)
- Fill out the application as completely as possible. Use a separate sheet of paper, if necessary.
- If desired, attach additional information (résumé, clips, demo material, etc.) about yourself.
Deliver to WRHU Personnel Director (127 Herbert Hall or call 516-463-4986)
or mail to:
WRHU Personnel Director
111 Hofstra University
127 Herbert Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549