City Gallatin, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville, Tennessee
Branding 88.5 WVCP
Slogan Vol State College FM
Frequency 88.5 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)
First air date January 4, 1979
Format College radio
ERP 1000 watts
HAAT 67 meters (220 ft)
Class A
Callsign meaning Vol State College Pioneers
Owner Volunteer State Community College
Website www.volstate.edu/wvcp/

WVCP is the college radio station of Volunteer State Community College ("Vol State") in Gallatin, Tennessee, broadcasting at 88.5 MHz on the FM dial. It falls under the oversight of the Department of Communication and is managed by longtime faculty member Howard Espravnik. Students and volunteers make up the airstaff. The station plays a mix of music, ranging from soft adult contemporary to hard rock.

Storm damage

Its studios on the second floor of Noble Caudill Hall were directly in the path of a large tornado that struck the college and killed nine people across the city of Gallatin on April 7, 2006 during the April 6–8, 2006 Tornado Outbreak. Part of the building collapsed, and WVCP's studios were a near-total loss. Equipment that was not destroyed by the storm sustained heavy water damage.

The station was knocked off the air the moment the storm struck, but returned to the air on April 13, 2006 in a limited capacity. The station is currently automating from a computer located at the transmitter site. During the Spring 2007 semester, WVCP again began operating at full capacity from a newly constructed studio in the Ramer Administration Building.

A few years earlier, strong straight-line winds caused the station's tower north of Gallatin to topple, forcing WVCP off the air for several weeks before the station relaunched on a new tower in a different location.

HD Programming

More recently, WVCP began broadcasting using HD radio technology.[1]

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Coordinates: 36°24′14″N 86°27′00″W / 36.404°N 86.450°W / 36.404; -86.450

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