| the history of wake forest
It was February 1971: I came to Wake Forest University to par-
ticipate in its “Future Freshmen” weekend. In addition to seeing
the campus, talking to folks in admission, meeting some of the
black students, attending the last home basketball game against
NC State in which Charlie Davis and Gil McGregor were playing
their senior game, I requested an interview with someone in the
communication department who could address my questions
about the curriculum and about what was available to students
with an interest in radio and television.
A meeting with Dr. Julian C. Burroughs, advisor of WFDD-FM,
was arranged. He gave me a station tour, explained the curriculum
requirements of a speech communication major, answered my
questions and explained the process of becoming involved with
WFDD, sooner rather than later: That proved to be critical to my
maximizing my collegiate experience at Wake because I learned
that taking radio practicum was required before anyone could begin
working on the air at the station.
Having passed the required course to become a student staff
member, I began working with WFDD the next semester. I was the
only black and was one of three female students in the spring of
1972. There were weekly staff meetings and my continued work
assignments through my senior year included being a board opera-
tor and announcer of classical music, a campus news reporter, and
a writer, interviewer, and producer of “Focusing on the Arts.”
As a freshman, I aspired to become the “female” Walter
Cronkite and Dr. “B” told me that would never happen because
in retrospect
By Mütter D. Evans (B.A., 1975)
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