Lawrence Academy Student Radio
"Rockin' the Quad since 1999!"
LA's Student Radio Station
Maintaining and operating a radio station provides a real world experiential learning experience for the students who become involved.
The station manager and DJs follow specific broadcast guidelines while playing the music of their choice on weekly shows which they design.
The training and experience they receive at WRLA prepares students to pursue broadcast opportunities in college and beyond.
Ways to Listen:
Mobile - Click Here
Desktop Computer - Press Play Below
If you have problems connecting to our broadcast, or you have questions about WRLA, please email our Station Managers Jonathon Coombs '17 & Jorie Van Nest '18 or contact our faculty advisor John Bishop, Director of Communications for Lawrence Academy.
A Little WRLA History
In the 1970s, Lawrence Academy was home to WLAR, an "over the air" FM radio station with a 40-foot transmission tower located behind Spaulding Hall. By the early 1980s, interest in the station had waned, and the studio in the basement of Sheedy Hall (a dorm where the Ansin Academic Building now stands) became a maintenance storage room.
However, thanks to renewed student interest in the late 1990s, the renovation of the old Gray Building gym into the Williams Arts Center in 1997, and a generous gift from the Parents of the Class of 1999, LA's radio station returned in October of 1999, with new call letters (WRLA) and a broadcast signal of 89.3 FM. The studio was outfitted with professional-level equipment, and a new, low-power transmissions system brought the signal to every corner of campus.
By the 2000-2001 school year, WRLA had both student and faculty DJs running shows six days a week, plus broadcasts from the Stone Athletic Center for basketball games. On Dec. 1, 2010, WRLA abandoned FM transmission and began streaming WRLA online.