|City||Bowling Green, Ohio|
|Slogan||"The Voice of Bowling Green"|
|First air date||November 1951|
|HAAT||54 meters (177 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Bowling Green University|
|Owner||Bowling Green State University|
WBGU (88.1 FM) is an American non-commercial, college radio station licensed to serve Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. The station, established in 1951, is owned and operated by Bowling Green State University.
WBGU's origins begin with a public address system built to broadcast a Bowling Green basketball game with audio phoned in from New York City in December 1947. This led to a carrier current station known as "WRSM" signing on in January 1948 at 600 kHz. This station, run by students and volunteers, was authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and was affiliated with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Repeated expansion led the university in 1951 to apply to the FCC for a construction permit to build an FM broadcasting station, licensed as "WBGU" in November 1951, with 10 watts of effective radiated power on a frequency of 88.1 MHz. In the six decades since it launched, the station has upgraded its signal strength, studio facilities, and equipment to meet the needs of the campus and the surrounding area.
When I was working at bgu our effective radiated wattage was 800 watts allowing us to be heard over the entirety of wood county and into Toledo and Fostoria. It seems the FCC cut back the licensed power for whatever why.
WBGU is also the flagship home for Bowling Green hockey and Bowling Green women's basketball.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBGU
- Radio-Locator information on WBGU
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBGU
- WFAL official site
- Local newspaper article
- Newspaper article
- Telecomm Department
- Balcerzak, Andrew, Kyle Gebhart, and Stephen Merrill. "WBGU 88.1 FM - Broadcasting from Bowling Green, Ohio." Ed. Dara Greene and Ryan Glover. BGSU. 9 July 2009.