WFIT Celebrates 30th Anniversary on May 22
– WFIT 89.5FM, a service of Florida Tech, is celebrating 30 years of continuous broadcasting from the campus of Florida Tech and inviting the whole
community to join in the celebration. Beginning at noon on Sunday, May 22 , 2005 all are invited for food, music, memorabilia and WFIT radio station tours.
Former DJs will be on campus to bring back memories. Ed Howk, a DJ in the early to mid 1990s, is organizing former DJs to join him in the Rathskellar at 5
p.m. All will take a turn at spinning the old tunes.
A media presentation will showcase WFIT’s 30-year history. The presentation will illustrate how a student-run WFIT went on the air on April 4, 1975, with
10 watts of power, and will highlight the milestones thereafter. In 1994 WFIT qualified for a community service grant from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and in 1995 became a NPR affiliate. The presentation brings the station up to date, announcing that in June, 2005 WFIT will begin digital
The community is invited to a free concert, which will feature bands in front of the Gleason Center for Performing Arts, beginning at noon. Entertainment
includes: The Ron Pirtle Quintet; Billy Van Riper and Friends; Austin Pettit Band featuring, Debby Boyer; and Acoustic Alliance. Groups such as Don
Soledad, Norm McDonald and Al Scortino will perform in the Botanical Garden, located next to the Rathskeller, on campus.
A compilation CD will be available for purchase. The CD includes groups of old like Bee Line Express Band, who recorded live in WFIT studios in 1982; Brave
New Tribe, recorded in 1986; Screaming Iguanas of Love, recorded in 1987; Dead Serios, recorded in 1989; The Puzzlers, recorded in 1987; Acoustic Alliance
Band; Dave Fiester & The Legendary Groove Monsters; Austin Pettit Band; Steve Thorpe; The Christian Tamburr Quartet; Ron Pirtle Quintet; Billy Van
Riper; Deja; and the featured headlining band Planet 9.
The celebration will culminate with a tickets-only concert in the Gleason Center for the Performing Arts. Headlining the event will be the award-winning,
chart-topping band, PLANET 9. The band comprises musicians who play with or who have played with Elton John, Hall & Oates, Orleans, Paul McCartney,
Cher and Tina Turner. Melbourne-native Drew Bentley is on guitars, Charlie Morgan on drums, Bill Gifford on bass and lead vocals, John Marsden and Lane
Hoppen on keyboards, Cameron Brown on trumpet and flugelhorn, Amy Gifford on vocals & percussion and tenor sax and flute player Charlie DeChant.
Call WFIT at (321) 674-8950 and reserve your tickets for this great performance now. Mark Sunday, May 22nd, on your calendar for a day of great music, fun
and food, a walk down memory lane and 30 years of broadcasting by WFIT 89.5FM.