ASU's WVAS-FM gets grant to cover BP oil spill effects


Alabama State University’s WVAS-FM has been awarded a $25,000 grant to explore the aftermath of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast. The Corporation on Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the grant to the station to help inform the public about the permanent consequences to the BP oil rig explosion that gushed more that 200 million gallons into the Gulf Coast, impacting the region’s coastal areas in since May.

“This grant allows the award-winning WVAS news team to participate, as part of a consortium of public TV and radio stations in the south, on a project that examines the dire consequences of an ecological disaster that has affected the entire Gulf Coast,” WVAS station manager Candy Capel told

Known as “The Voice of Alabama State University,” station reporters will look at the economic, social and political ramifications of the oil spill.

RBR-TVBR observation: A great way to get journalism students more involved in college radio. With a good number of college radio stations selling out to religious broadcasters or just shutting down altogether due to lack of interest from the enrollment, this helps to turn that tide a bit—no pun intended.