WCRX-FM 88.1 is a student staffed radio station with direction and advising from Faculty Advisors in the Radio Department. Students have the opportunity to work on air as music and talk hosts, news and sports anchors, sports play-by-play announcers or behind the scenes in management, programming, promotion and production.
Columbia College Chicago provides a wealth of resources for our students to produce quality radio content for our the community of listeners, including our weekly public affairs program, The Process, our dramatic radio series, special programming and inter-departmental collaborations.
Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1890 as the Columbia School of Oratory, a name inspired by the upcoming World’s Columbian Exposition. By 1922, it was known as the Columbia College of Expression. A renewed, co-educational version emerged in 1936, emphasizing the growing field of radio broadcasting. Although the technologies to hear radio have changed, the tradition of developing radio talent continues on today.