The WRVS-FM, 89.9 HD Radio Station/Radio Services department is a component of the Division of Institutional Advancement under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor. A member-supported National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate, WRVS is a non-commercial public radio station located on the campus of Elizabeth City State University operating at 41,000 watts with a signal reach that extends over a coverage area of 56 miles, which includes northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. In September 2008, WRVS underwent its digital conversion to become the first radio station in Elizabeth City and one of the first in northeastern North Carolina to broadcast using HD Radio™ technology. The crystal clear 41,000 watts has been optimized to the highest standard available today in the region making WRVS that much more of an exciting radio destination.
WRVS-FM's flagship format is Adult Urban Contemporary, and features gospel, R&B, jazz, and more. It also highlights award-winning local and regional news and public affairs programs, as well as trusted, award-winning national and international news and programs from recognized sources. At the forefront of the radio station's mission, is its commitment to serve as a training facility for students and community volunteers interested in professional broadcasting careers in radio. WRVS trains student and volunteer staffs by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to compete with professionals for jobs in the broadcast industry. They are taught to produce radio programs with a focus on news and community engagement. These individuals are also encouraged to develop and produce ideas that WRVS' staff can develop into viable programs. In its 24 years of service, WRVS has given well over 1,000 students and community volunteers the opportunity to gain real-world training in the field of radio broadcasting.
WRVS-FM also serves as an informational and public relations broadcasting tool that promotes the university's academic and student affairs programs. The radio station is also an instrument used for aiding in recruitment by attracting potential students and functioning as the primary media outlet for local high school and Elizabeth City State University students. Advancing the mission of Elizabeth City State University to prepare students to be leaders, WRVS provides practical and technical support to the Communication Studies curriculum at Elizabeth City State University.