WRHU-FM is an award-winning, student-operated media outlet at The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra. More than 280 current Hofstra students participate at WRHU each year. WRHU is in existence longer than any other noncommercial radio station on Long Island. WRHU has thousands of alumni stretching back over 60 years.
To provide professional broadcast and multiplatform training to qualified current Hofstra University students.
As early as the first semester of their first year at Hofstra, current students train on/use industry-standard equipment (audio, video, social media) and gain on-air experience. This prepares current students to enter the traditional broadcasting and new media/multiplatform/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 multimedia 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. The radio station broadcasts select Hofstra Pride games via the Hofstra Athletic Web Channel (HAWC) and/or GoHofstra.com, and/or FloSports. WRHU is world famous for having current Hofstra students produce and distribute 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 the NHL.com/NHL app.
Pictured above: WRHU student broadcasters in our multi-media studio using Wheatstone audio mixing surfaces, a TriCaster, 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 multiplatform live shows. This is the kind of in-depth, multiplatform, 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 current Hofstra students. The student broadcasters at WRHU regularly produce quality content, which have earned numerous awards from New York State Broadcasters Association, 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, CBI, CMA, and other organizations. The Princeton Review has ranked WRHU FM #1 Best College Radio Station twice! College Media Association (CMA) has presented WRHU with two Pinnacle Awards as “Best Station.” The NAB has recognized the quality of WRHU with four Marconi Awards! WRHU was selected as the first ever noncommercial station to earn an NAB Marconi in 2014. WRHU earned a 2nd Marconi as best “noncommercial station” in 2017. NAB awarded WRHU the first ever Marconi for “Best College Station” in 2019, and it earned another Marconi in 2022. WRHU also earned two NAB Marconi finalist selections in 2016 and 2021.
School of Communication professionals (John Mullen, Doualy Xaykaothao, Andy Gladding, Pete Silverman, and Kathleen Shortis) supervise station operations, provide broadcasting experience, and mentor and train students/staff.
Participation at WRHU
To participate at WRHU, all staff must complete a 10-week, noncredit course covering: FCC rules, advanced audio engineering, on-air announcing guidelines, advanced audio production, programming strategies, Internet broadcasting rules, social media content distribution, and more. The course consists of classroom hours and in-studio workshops, tracking hours where students gain valuable hands-on experience. All staff must pass a written exam with a grade of 90 or better and pass 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 for current Hofstra students is why WRHU is the number one college radio station for developing future media professionals.
Amazing opportunity is another reason WRHU is the best college radio station for professional development. At WRHU students can advance their skills by participating in one of the many news/talk/public affairs programs, working on our varied sports broadcasts, or hosting one of our many music programs. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in the area of social media marketing and promotions, technical engineering, and management.
Apply now to join the WRHU team!
At many colleges, participation in extracurricular student activities is stiff. WRHU receives a large number of applications each semester, far more than we can accommodate in any given training class. As is the case with other student clubs and media outlets at Hofstra (HEAT Network, The Chronicle, etc.), current students receive priority for all opportunities to participate at WRHU (including the mandatory training class). When completing a WRHU recruitment application, provide details (i.e., résumé, personal statement, links to online work, references, and/or your LinkedIn profile).
Click on the link below to print out an application:
WRHU Application (PDF version; requires Acrobat Reader)
Fill out the WRHU Application completely and in detail.
Include additional information (résumé, demo material, references, etc.) about yourself.
Email your completed staff application to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail your completed staff application to:
WRHU Personnel Director
111 Hofstra University
127 Herbert Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549
If you have questions, email John.T.Mullen@Hofstra.edu.