The Department of Mass Communication was founded in 1976. In 1979, Richard Lorenc was hired and became the advisor of the radio club that ran WCSF. In 1988 WCSF-FM became licensed by the FCC at a frequency of 88.7 megahertz as an educational radio station. Foremost among its goals was the education of radio broadcasters in all aspects of running an FM radio station.
WCSF has always been student staffed/managed and faculty advised. The current advisor is Dr. Scott W. Marshall who bagan as advisor in 2001.
The formats WCSF has adopted over the years but returned to its Alternative (Modern Rock) roots in 2001.