It all began in 1954 as KDET, which was heard through the electrical outlets in Central Area. Cadets plugged radios into electrical outlets in the barracks to hear the “carrier current” station, whose AM signals were transmitted through the USMA power lines. In 1972, the club was granted permission to begin on-air broadcasts, and the station was given a new name: WKDT.
WKDT is the USCC’s premier source of music, news, and entertainment. WKDT provides sound support as directed for all Academy functions. This includes support to academic department events, branch events, alumni events, cadet company events, drill and ceremony, as well as live broadcasting of corps squad sporting events. With its team of well-trained music disc jockeys, radio hosts, and sports announcers, WKDT online provides USCC with the best of online music, podcasts, news, weather, and entertaining programming focused on serving the Corps of Cadets, and the Academy, at large.
Meet the Team
The people listed below are the cadet leaders within WKDT, as well as the two officers in charge. These proud members of WKDT work diligently as the leaders within the club ensure WKDT is consistently working at the top of its game in providing sound and entertainment for the Corps of Cadets.
Nicholas W. Levay
Class of 2019, Nick is from Ocala, FL, where his grandparents gave him their vinyl record collection, putting him on the path to amateur DJing. He is pursuing a degree in Business Management and serves as the Cadet in Charge of WKDT, overseeing all of our affairs.
Erick R. Loe
Class of 2020, Erick is from South Whitley, IN, where he grew up working and wrestling, listening to a lot of radio. He is pursing a degree in Computer Science and has paved the way for the online presence of WKDT.
Charles A. Debczak
Training/ Equipment Manager
Class of 2021, Charles is from Warren, Michigan. He is pursuing a degree in Physics and serves as the WKDT training and equipment manager, ensuring all personnel are trained and all equipment is kept and maintained.
Ashodd T. Ford
Class of 2020, Tom is from Jacksonville, FL, where he enjoyed watching movies and playing sports with his friends. He is pursuing a degree in Spanish and serves as the WKDT secretary, ensuring all personnel are accounted for, creating notes for the club, and a variety of other jobs.
Class of 2020, Gabe is from Jerseyville, Illinois. He is pursuing a degree in Engineering Management and serves as the WKDT music manager where he manages and keeps our music up to date. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and playing the guitar.
Dr. Lissa V. Young
Officer in Charge
Dr. Lissa V. Young is a 1986 graduate of West Point, and former Army aviator. Lissa holds a B.S. in Literature from West Point (1986), an M.A. in Social Psychology from Kansas University (1996), an M.Ed. from Harvard (2009), a Ph.D. from Harvard (2013). At Harvard, Lissa also earned a doctoral certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership.
Joseph R. Cyr
Officer in Charge
Joe Cyr, known as West Point’s “Code Red” voice, handles Audio/Visual Production and Emergency Operations for the USMA Public Affairs Office. A Highland Falls native, Joe started working in the famous Grant Hall in 1969. He has now been with the academy and WKDT for well over 30 years, providing guidance and life advice to WKDT members.