WPRK, the Rollins College radio station, recently launched its very first mobile app available for download.
Musenya Ngoma (’23), WPRK Sponsorship Coordinator, developed the new app.
“I saw a gap in the market […] Although we have a website, I thought the app would be more accessible to students and establish us in the market as a Spotify for college radio, ”Ngoma said.
The station broadcasts over 80 weekly shows, ranging from punk rock to underground world music and heated political debates. Each is designed by its own hosts.
“Representation matters,” said Greg Golden, Managing Director of WPRK and Director of Student Media. “We want to invite the views of people who might not otherwise be seen or heard in the mainstream media to have a place on our station. “
WPRK’s Raise Your Voice program gives individuals and groups the opportunity to record one-minute opinions, ranging from social justice to sports and the arts.
Ngoma focused on allowing users to live stream the radio and provide access to a schedule of upcoming shows. The app also offers the option to purchase a WPRK subscription, which is free. He sees immense potential for the future of the app, with upcoming features that include a forum for students to log in and post their own podcasts.
WPRK is partnering with local businesses to offer discounts and showcase their profiles on the app, as well as allow users to listen to archived shows.
Ngoma worked with his cousin Mwai Banda to build a finished product in two months. They used Jetpack Compose as their programming language.
“We have had sleepless nights living the life of an entrepreneur,” said Ngoma. “What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter if you have the resources or you don’t know everything there is to know about a particular area or industry, because you never can. […] The key to success is getting started, as well as having the discipline to carry it out. “
Ngoma wanted to offer artists a platform to express themselves. He encourages all Rollins students to seek out ways to contribute to the college community in any way their passion allows them.
“About four years ago I was writing down some things I wanted to accomplish in my life and one of my priorities was, and still is, to create a music streaming app,” Ngoma said. “[…] I want to inspire a change that will help students to think outside the box, to be innovators, creators. Developing our skills will show future employers that we are capable from an early age and ready to enter the labor market.
WPRK is hosting their annual concert, Fox Fest, on November 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Mills Lawn. To keep up to date with events and broadcasts, users can download and subscribe to the WPRK app from the Apple App Store. Android access is coming soon.