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Centennial Stories: WEMC, Virginia’s first noncommercial radio station, was founded on campus in 1954

When student G. Irvin Lehman wrote an English paper in the 1930s suggesting that Eastern Mennonite College would start a radio station in the future, opposition to the idea was so strong that he was reprimanded for his idea. A little more than twenty years later, broadcasting equipment was installed into the balcony of the chapel-auditorium, and WEMC became Virginia’s first noncommercial publ ...More

EMU's Jim Bishop

Bishop Signs Off After Decade Of Tunes

For 40 years, Jim Bishop has had his hands in all forms of local media. And while he aims to stick around for a bit longer, he says next week will mark the beginning of the end. On Jan. 7, the 65-year-old Belmont Estates resident will give his final broadcast of “Friday Night Jukebox” on WEMC’s 91.7FM, which he has hosted weekly for nearly 11 years. Bisho ...More

EMU Staff Relish Weekly Programs on WEMC Radio

They are three men on a mission – seeking to serve up an appetizing smorgasbord of eclectic music that may otherwise not hit the local radio airwaves. John L. Horst, Ted Grimsrud and Jim Bishop produce and host w ...More

EMU Offers WRAP Session on Private College Affordability

Virginia’s private colleges are within reach financially – despite tough economic times. That’s the message EMU President Loren Swartzendruber is inviting prospective students and parents to hear on campus Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. Read more… ...More

‘Crossroads’ Alumni Magazine Wins CASE Award

EMU’s Crossroads magazine won a major award this year from the southeast district of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Competing agains ...More

Go Ye Into All the World and Smile . . .

The 2006-07 academic year at Eastern Mennonite University is almost history. To this observer, each seems to go by faster than the previous one. Sunday, the 89th annual commencement at EMU, will be my 36th to cover in my role as public information officer. I’ve heard many speeches and watched hundreds of students walk the gangplank, receive their sheepskins and exit the platform a ...More

Ornamental Friendships, or The Real Thing?

By Jim Bishop The ornaments of our home are the friends who frequent it. This thought, not original with me but firmly implanted in my thick cerebrum, reverberated down the cobwebbed corridors of my mind as once again I participated in the ancient annual ritual of decorating our Christmas tree. In some ways, this process has followed a similar pattern ever since A ...More

Small Colleges Have Their Advantages

By Heather Bowser, Daily News-Record James Madison University is like the Costco of local colleges. JMU touts more students, teachers, property, majors, programs and campus activities than Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College ...More

EMU Cites Retirees, Gives Service Awards

EMU retirees Mamie M. Mellinger and Paul T. (P.T.) Guengerich Photo by Jim Bishop The faculty and staff of Eastern Mennonite University recognized two colleagues who are retiring and cit ...More

‘Jukebox’ Show Tunes Up for Sixth Anniversary

“Friday Night Jukebox” host Jim Bishop, public information officer at EMU, fires up another fabulous fifties tune at WEMC-FM. “Drop the coin right into the slot . . . You g ...More