School and Business Closings/Delays for Monday 2-23-15

School Closings for Monday 2-23-15:

McAlester, Kiowa, Indianola, Frink Chambers, Wilburton, Krebs, Crowder, Red Oak, Haileyville, Hartshorne, Panola, Savanna, Pittsburg, Keota, Tannehill Schools, Crowder, Eufaula, Quinton, McCurtain, Whitefield, Kiamichi Tech in McAlester, Stigler and Talihina, Buffalo Valley, Talihina, Whitesboro, Kinta, Porum, Stigler, Atoka, Stringtown, Stuart, Calvin, Choctaw Nation Headstart in McAlester, and Eastern Oklahoma State College including Wilburton, McAlester, and Antlers campuses with all classes and offices closed.  Stay tuned to 93.1FM as we update the school closings lists as they become available. 

Business and Events Closings/Delay Starts for Monday 2-23-15:

McAlester Tag Office per Yvette Martin, S.E. Oklahoma School of Welding in McAlester per Julia Allen, MCAAP is open and employees may take unscheduled leave, Night shift will be authorized admin leave for tonight and the JMC office at MCAAP has liberal leave policy in effect, Franklin Electric in Wilburton first shift starts at 9am, Pittsbutg County Courthouse closed, McAlester and Stigler DHS offices to open at 1pm today, Carl Albert Health Center with essential personnel to report only. Wilburton Tag Agent, McAlester Boy's and Girls Club closed including all activities, Hartshorne Tag Agency, DHS offices, McAlester Public Library, Social Security offices, Choctaw Nation Clinic in Stigler, and Warren Clinic closed at noon.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect till 6pm Monday Night 2-23-15

School Closings for 2-16-15

School Closings for 2-16-15: Kiowa, Canadian, Henryetta, Quinton, Stigler, Connors State College, Checotah. Hartshorne and McAlester already closed for scheduled professional day. Stay tuned to 93.1FM for up to date weather and school closings.

Also, The Rothbaum lectureship that was scheduled for 11am today here at Eastern Oklahoma State College has been postponed to a later date. When it’s rescheduled, we will let you know all the details right here on The Mix 93.1.

Update: The Rothbaum lectureship has been rescheduled for March 25th. at 11am.

Eastern launches new KWLB 93.1 radio station

Eastern Oklahoma State College has launched KWLB 93.1 FM to bring the best mix of music to the local airwaves.

The college will celebrate the launch of the radio station with a “Flip the Switch” event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom in Wilburton. The event, which is open to the public, will also recognize the partnership between Eastern and Oklahoma AT&T to make the project possible.

“This is a unique partnership between two organizations that will benefit the greater Latimer and Pittsburg County areas,” said Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith. “Oklahoma AT&T brought the much-needed 4G LTE cellular service to the region, while Eastern is providing music, local news and sports to the surrounding communities, as well as enhancing learning opportunities for students preparing for careers in the broadcast industry.”

Smith said the partnership began when AT&T was seeking a location to place a new tower in order to bring the 4G LTE service to the area. At the same time, Eastern was in search of a tower to place its terrestrial radio equipment.

“The partnership enabled AT&T to construct a 350-foot tower on Eastern’s campus in Wilburton,” Smith said. “A long-term agreement is in place that will allow both services to be provided to the area for years to come. The timing was right for both organizations and we are most grateful to AT&T for this partnership.”

The 25,000 watt radio station will reach listeners in Red Oak, Wilburton, Hartshorne and McAlester, as well as some areas to the north and south of those communities. General Manager Doug Sims said the station will feature a “Best Mix” of music programming, including Top 40, pop, adult contemporary, light classic rock and today’s cross-over country music.

“Mountaineer Radio is a family-friendly and work-friendly station with music that appeals to most audiences,” Sims said. “We’ll incorporate a local flavor in the station’s programming with a focus on news, weather, community events, contests, giveaways, and high school and college sports from the listening area. We’ll also broadcast Dallas Cowboys football games.”

The college has been broadcasting Mountaineer Radio over the Internet since 2010. Sims said Mountaineer Radio will continue to broadcast on the Internet at for those outside the FM listening area. Mountaineer Radio is also available on smartphones with the free TuneIn Radio app.

“We have many alumni, fans and parents from around the country who listen online to hear campus news and listen to live broadcasts of Mountaineer sporting events,” Sims said.

Professor Kristen Turner said students in Eastern’s Mass Communication program will be heavily involved with the radio station, serving as interns and on-air personalities. Students will produce news and weather reports, public service announcements and other programming. They will also have the opportunity to select music, produce their own show, help with live remotes and provide play-by-play and color commentary during sports broadcasts.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Eastern students to get significant hands-on experience and training early in their education, which is uncommon for freshmen and sophomores in college,” Turner said. “Our students will be well-prepared to transfer to university programs or enter the workforce.”