Boyd Roche ’52
WLNX-FM Receives Gift from Alumnus
Boyd Roche, class of 1952 and 1991 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award Winner, started the 2011 year off by giving back to Lincoln College, an institution that he feels laid the foundation for his entire future career. Boyd was actively involved in the theatre and radio programs during his time at LC and has now given a very generous gift of $10,000 which is to be used to purchase and install a new transmitter and antenna for LC’s WLNX-FM student run radio station. When asked about his gift, Boyd said, “I am especially pleased with the opportunity to give back and recognize Lincoln College for the important role it played in forming my early theater and radio career in the 1950’s. If it hadn’t been for Lincoln College, it is unlikely that I would have had such an early start to a successful career in communications.”
In 1951, Boyd was invited by the founders of Lincoln’s first commercial radio station, WPRC, to join their announcing staff as a direct result of the lead role he played in “Born Yesterday” with the Lincoln College Community Players. He not only did on-air announcing but also learned virtually all the operations of a commercial station.
Boyd commented, “When I became a full-time announcer during the summer, Lincoln College continued to show its support by providing a room for me in one of the homes it owned in the neighborhood.”
With a recommendation from his advisors at LC, upon his graduation in 1952, Boyd transferred to Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., where he became the director of the Earlham Workshop Theater, and also worked as a full-time announcer at Richmond’s ABC affiliate station, WKBV. When Boyd was drafted into the army near the end of the Korean War, he was assigned to the American Forces Radio Network in Munich, Germany, as an announcer and producer. After that his career branched out to include all aspects of marketing communications in Europe and the United States.
Boyd stated that, “Radio broadcasting can enrich self confidence that can be a positive factor in any career. It had a significant effect for me and I am pleased to help provide, in small measure, similar opportunities for today’s Lincoln College students.”
WLNX-FM general manager and LC assistant professor John Malone commented, “Mr. Roche’s generous gift will allow us to replace a 29 year-old transmitter and install a new antenna system that will noticeably improve our signal within our existing coverage area and expand our reach by several more miles. This is the final piece of the puzzle in creating a top-to-bottom, state-of-the-art facility.”