History of WSSE
The idea for a radio station was hatched as early as the fall of 1974. It was then that two total strangers, Robert Glass of Vinton VA and Harold Minton of Clarksville TN, met on the campus of Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and began to work in the 10 watt campus radio station, WFHC (now WFHU).
The two would become immediate and then life-long friends.
Following a couple of semesters in college, the two went their separate ways, working in various radio stations: Harold in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi, and Robert in Virginia as well as Tennessee and Mississippi. But they carried with them the dream of, one day, being owners of their own radio station, the dream that was born that fall semester long ago. That dream would become dormant as Robert and Harold concentrated on families and careers.
Fast forward more than 40 years. In 2015 the dream was given a second life and, this time, it would become a reality. Opportunities for a terrestrial station were extremely few and far between. Expense to build a station were virtually prohibitive. After considerable research, it was decided to turn to the one tool that virtually everyone these days has access to - the internet. Instead of a localized listenership, a worldwide audience was possible. Possibilities and requirements were researched.
Finally, in late 2016, it was decided to put a station on the air, online. The station was designed to sound similar to the FM stations of the 1970s and 1980s. The name WSSE was chosen (for Sixties Seventies Eighties). The format was billed as "the internet's best mix of the 60's, 70's and 80's". Equipment was purchased. Streams were leased and music licenses were obtained. Master Control was constructed in Harold's living room in Clarksville TN. After many ups and downs, it looked like everything was going to come to life.
July 1, 2017. It's 12:00 noon CDT. WSSE finally came to life. Even in its infancy, WSSE started immediate growth. In August, WSSE East was born in Robert's living room in Richmond (now Colonial Heights) VA and soon after, on August 19th, live broadcasts were begun with Robert doing his country show from Colonial Heights and Harold doing his oldies show from Clarksville. On November 5th, Christian programming was inaugurated on Sunday mornings. Several more programs have been added to the line-up, giving WSSE listeners more choices.
It has now been two years, and WSSE's audience has grown beyond imagination, with listeners in more than 145 countries.
On November 9, 2019, Robert Glass passed from this life after a long struggle with cancer. His presence and creativity will be sorely missed.