Fireside Chat

President LaForge is joined by Tricia Walker, executive director of the Delta Music Institute, to talk about the future of Delta State Radio – WDSW-LP 88.1 FM

The discussion is set in the newly-opened station for WDSW-LP 88.1 FM – Delta State Radio – which was officially launched on Delta State’s campus Nov. 6. WDSW-LP 88.1 FM was created with the mission of offering engaging programming that celebrates the diversity of the University and the Mississippi Delta, and promotes Delta State’s focus on music and culture. 

The letters “LP” in the call letters, mean the station is operating a low-power 250-watt station, designed to broadcast clearly on campus and around the Cleveland area, even though I have heard it as far away as Ruleville and Rosedale. The station is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run media outlet offering broadcast learning opportunities for our campus community.

The “soft launch” of this station is just the beginning. The university plans to offer this incredible and new opportunity for the university to expand to include more local programming and shows created by Delta State students, faculty and staff, and the community.

The station itself is the byproduct of the commitment of a number of people on campus and the generosity of people who love Delta State and wanted to see this radio station become a reality. 

For more information on providing financial support or to sign up to volunteer, visit the website at or contact the Communications and Marketing office at 662.846-4675.

In other news on campus, make plans to join us Nov. 19 for A Very Electric Christmas show at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It will be an entertaining start to the holiday season. And, don’t forget that we will close our offices next Thursday and Friday to allow our faculty and staff to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with their families and friends. We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season, and be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website

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Joining President LaForge is the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Lucy Janoush, a 1978 graduate who has shown unparalleled support for Delta State and the Cleveland community.

Each year, the Delta State University National Alumni Association presents the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution, or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. Lucy has certainly done that for many years, and is undoubtedly worthy of the Alumnus of the Year distinction.

Take a look at what used to be the southeast corner of the Delta State golf course, and you’ll notice the latest of Lucy’s many civic contributions. Since 2011, she has served as president of the Cleveland Music Foundation Board of Directors, the group responsible for planning, funding, constructing, and operating GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The $19 million-dollar facility opens on the Delta State campus in March of 2016.

Doubling with her Alumnus of the Year award this year, Lucy was also inducted into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame — the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the recognition is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national, and/or international level, and who have brought honor and distinction to Delta State.

Lucy has given back to Delta State — the institution that provided her academic foundation — in countless ways over the years. She started at Delta State in 1974 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Lucy’s mother, Alyce Richardson, was also a star at Delta State, having finished with a 4.0 grade point average in business. And amazingly, it all comes full circle; Lucy’s mother was also recognized as the Alumnus of the Year in 1972.

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Joining President LaForge is Delta State alumnus Walt Bettinger, who is President and CEO of Charles Schwab.

Walt was on campus Oct. 23 to speak to students in the Delta State College of Business about his success as the leader of a Fortune 500 company and his advice for our students entering the business world.

Walt has been the President and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation since 2008 when he was also named to the Board of Directors for the company. He leads a workforce of nearly 15,000 full-time employees with headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in more than 325 locations across the United States plus London, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.

His duties include leading the development of strategies and services that assist millions of people worldwide in their efforts to save and invest – either directly, with the help of an independent investment advisor or through a company-sponsored retirement or benefit plan. He is credited with leading Schwab through the financial crisis. Post crisis, from 2009 through 2012 Schwab grew client assets by $530 billion – $200 billion more than the growth of all four of Schwab’s primary, publicly traded competitors added together.

In addition to his professional duties, he is active in numerous charitable and philanthropic efforts. He and his wife, Teri, are founders of the Walt & Teri Bettinger Foundation and the parents of five children.

In other events on campus, the celebration of Delta State’s 90th birthday will take place Tuesday (Nov. 3) with daylong events tomorrow and the annual Homecoming festivities which kick off on Friday and culminate with the Homecoming football game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Valdosta State University.

Stay up-to-date with campus news, events and activities by visiting our website I will see you next time for another edition of Fireside Chat.

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