Philanthropists donate popular full-power FM commercial radio station to Meridian Community College in Mississippi
The Meridian Star
June 6, 2011
Meridian Community College's communications status has reached a new level.
Clay and Laura Holladay of Mississippi Broadcasters have gifted a full power FM commercial radio station to the MCC Foundation. The station – WKZB 106.9, one of the most popular radio stations in the market – will be operated by the college's broadcast communication technology students in cooperation with MCC's Productions Center.
"We would like to thank Clay and Laura for offering this unprecedented educational opportunity in Radio Station Operations," Foundation President Jeff McCoy said during Friday's announcement of donation.
McCoy and Clay Holladay signed a letter to symbolically designate the transfer of ownership from the Holladays to the Foundation. Holladay, a Meridian native, expressed excitement at the opportunity to continue his family's philanthropic spirit.
"My father and my mother (Eddie Holladay and the late Ann Holladay) have been supporters of MCC for a number of years and have been a good guide for me, as have various business leaders in the community," he said.
Holladay noted that the radio station not only will serve as a good marketing tool for MCC, but also will provide great learning opportunities and real life experience for students.