WMUC-FM

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WMUC-FM
Wmuc-logo.png
Broadcast area College Park, Maryland
Branding WMUC FM
Frequency 88.1 MHz
First air date ca 1950
Format Freeform
ERP 10 watts
HAAT 1 meter
Class D
Facility ID 69019
Transmitter coordinates 38°58′59″N 76°56′38″W / 38.98306°N 76.94389°W / 38.98306; -76.94389
Callsign meaning Maryland University Communications
Owner University of Maryland
Sister stations WMUC-AM
Website www.wmuc.umd.edu

WMUC-FM (88.1 FM) is the student-run non-commercial radio station licensed to the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, broadcasting at 10 watts. It is a freeform radio station staffed entirely by UMD students and volunteers.

Broadcast coverage[edit]

WMUC can be heard on 88.1 FM in parts of Washington, DC, Silver Spring, College Park, Hyattsville and many of the surrounding communities. It is also streamed on the Internet at wmuc.umd.edu.

Programming[edit]

WMUC-FM is true freeform radio, where the DJs themselves determine the programming of the station. An elected student Program Director assigns weekly timeslots on the station to individual DJs, who are then responsible for programming, hosting, and promoting their respective shows. The schedule changes each semester, with the goal of offering a fresh perspective and diverse lineup of music and talk shows created by students at the University of Maryland.

In 2008, WMUC launched WMUC2, a separate internet-only radio station which, like WMUC-FM, features freeform music and talk programming. Intended as a "proving ground" for new DJs, WMUC2 also features programs which may not be appropriate for broadcast under FCC rules.

WMUC also has an active Sports department, which maintains its own website and internet stream at wmucsports.com. WMUC Sports features a regular schedule of talk radio shows as well as on-air play-by-play and color analysis of Maryland sporting events. Calling 10 different sports, WMUC Sports is the primary carrier of Maryland men's soccer, women's basketball, baseball, women's lacrosse, field hockey, and softball.

In the past, WMUC had an active News department, which was integrated with the former Radio Television and Film department at the University of Maryland. WMUC's news programming is now coordinated by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, via the student-produced news segment, Terp Weekly Edition.

Live music[edit]

WMUC has a weekly live music program called Third Rail Radio (named after the electrically charged third rail of the DC Metro system). The show produced a compilation CD of artists who have appeared on the program in 2004. In addition to Third Rail Radio, WMUC also broadcasts another weekly live entertainment show called DMV Live Radio. Created in January 2011, DMV Live Radio features live music from local artists in the DC metropolitan area.

Notable alumni[edit]

WMUC - People

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