WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right
across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform
station in the United
The station also broadcasts to the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills in New York, Western New Jersey and Eastern
Pennsylvania via its 90.1 signal at WMFU in Mount Hope, NY. The station
maintains an extensive online presence
at WFMU.ORG which includes live audio streaming in several formats, over 8 years of audio archives, podcasts and a
Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, CMJ and the New York Press have all at one time or another called WFMU "the
best radio station in the country" and the station has also been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times
and on the BBC. In recent years the station has gained a large international following
due its online operations and counts Simpson's creator Matt Groening, film director Jim Jarmusch and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed, among others, as devoted fans of the station.
WFMU's programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM
Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio
improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with
obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber
soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.
All of the station's programming is controlled by individual DJs and is not beholden to any type of station-wide
playlist or rotation schedule. Experimentation, spontaneity and humor are among the station's most frequently noted
distinguishing traits. WFMU does not belong to any existing public radio network, and close to 100% of its programming
originates at the station.
Periodically, the station holds board meetings which are open to the public. More information can be found here
HOW DOES WFMU RECEIVE ITS FUNDING?
To sustain our commitment to independent radio, WFMU's primary source of support comes from listener
contributions made during our annual on-air fundraising
generated from our
annual Record Fair
. WFMU does not accept underwriting or
corporate sponsorships. We receive some support from foundations and government grants, as
long as they do not contain conditions that determine our programming content or restrict our
WFMU is not a member of any public radio networks nor are we affiliated with any colleges or
institutions. Shortly before the closing of Upsala College on May 31, 1995, WFMU purchased the
broadcasting license from them and is now fully independent. At the cost of accepting the burden of
ghastly new expenses, WFMU's autonomy opened great new opportunities for high media subversion.
WFMU's license is now owned by Auricle Communications, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group managed by
current and former WFMU staff members and listeners.
HOW CAN I LISTEN TO WFMU ON THE WEB?
Our signal is now available live, free of charge, over the web!
See our audio page at wfmu.org/ssaudionet.shtml
for more info and updates.
WHY ISN'T MY FAVORITE SHOW ON THE AIR ANYMORE?
WFMU changes its programming schedule twice a year, usually in October
and June. There are many reasons why shows may not appear on new schedules,
but the most common reason of all is that the DJ simply wanted to take a
break. But there are many other reasons as well, and sometimes the DJ's
reason is personal and therefore not made public. As Program Director,
Ken Freedman also occasionally takes programs off the schedule temporarily
to allow for flexibility and to afford newer shows the same opportunity
older shows were once given -
the chance to get on the air in the first place. For more detailed
explanations of why particular shows are not on the air, it's recommended
e-mail Ken Freedman directly
HOW DO I REACH THE STATION
For individual staff members, see our staff contact page at
Our snail-mail address is:
PO Box 2011
Jersey City, NJ 07303
Station Manager and Program Director:
Assistant General Manager:
Volunteer Director: Scott
Listener Services Director / Swag Inquiries:
Folks wishing to have their music reviewed should send packages to Brian
Turner at PO Box 5101, Hoboken, NJ 07030.
On-air call-in number: (201) 209-9368
Studio telephone: (201) 200-9368
Office telephone: (201) 521-1416
IS THERE A PROGRAM GUIDE?
WFMU used to produce a program guide, "Lowest Common
) It featured
strange articles on radio and records, and comics, and more. LCD is not
currently being published, but when WFMU's schedule changes, a notice is posted to wfmu.org
. Our current on-air schedule can always be viewed here
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH WFMU'S BEWARE OF THE BLOG?
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
is chock full
of articles, MP3s, movies and more, all assembled by a consortium of WFMU
staff members and listeners. The blog has a search engine window on it,
which will help you track down older articles. We're always looking for
new authors for the blog. If you would like to become an author and you
have some experience blogging, e-mail Station Manager Ken.
WHERE ARE MY GOODIES PROMISED FOR MY MARATHON
Contact our Tchotchke Services Department at (201) 521-1416
X229, or e-mail
and we'll get to
the bottom of it. Our marathon fulfillment does not immediately follow our
March fundraisers. We usually gather together a small army and do our
mail-outs of prizes, t-shirts etc. during the spring and summer, and we
very much appreciate your patience and pledging!
HOW DO I GET ON THE AIR?
We are entirely open to new ideas to enhance our freeform programming,
though the scene here for new DJs is pretty competitive. Program Director
Ken Freedman will review any tapes sent in, and is the point of contact
for any kind of interest in getting involved with the station in an on-air
context. A basic cornerstone of the audition process for WFMU is to basically
get involved with the station's off-air activities (and even then there
is no sure guarantee of an airshift). We rely a lot on volunteers to keep
the day-to-day office operations continuing; so if you can give us some of
your time either at the station or at our various functions (benefits,
record fairs, etc.) that would be a good way to begin. To do basic
volunteer work here at WFMU, contact our Volunteer Director at the phone
number or email address listed above.
HOW DO I FIND A SONG PLAYED?
You can start by using our Time
which will help you figure
out whose show you heard the song on.
Best bet is to contact the individual DJ who spun the track, and to do
that you can refer to our staff list at wfmu.org/staff.html
. Some of our
jocks post their playlists on a weekly basis onto the playlists page
HOW DO I GET AN EVENT PLUGGED ON AIR?
Public Service announcements can be sent to the mailing address above,
noting: "Attn: PSA Department". We ask that all PSA's are sent typed,
and as far in advance of specific events as possible.
Non-public service events can also be mailed to WFMU at the address above,
or emailed to Brian Turner. We will include them in our events folders if
we feel they pertain to our listeners and their interests.
DOES WFMU TAKE UNDERWRITING ANNOUNCEMENTS?
DOES WFMU TAKE RECORD DONATIONS?
Absolutely. Please contact Station Manager Ken at
(201) 521-1416 X225 or
. Also, WFMU
can issue certificates of donation for tax purposes.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WFMU MESSAGE BOARD?
The WFMU Message Board ran from 1999 until September 2006. It was
ultimately removed due to lack of staff and listener participation, which
was due in part to the fact that the board had been overrun with spam.