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WBGU fm logo.png
City Bowling Green, Ohio
Slogan "The Voice of Bowling Green"
Frequency 88.1 MHz
First air date November 1951[1]
Format College radio
Language(s) English
ERP 450 watts
HAAT 54 meters (177 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 6567
Transmitter coordinates 41°22′33″N 83°38′34″W / 41.37583°N 83.64278°W / 41.37583; -83.64278
Callsign meaning Bowling Green University[2]
Owner Bowling Green State University
Webcast Listen live
Website wbgufm.com

WBGU (88.1 FM) is an American non-commercial, college radio station licensed to serve Bowling Green, Ohio, United States. The station, established in 1951, is owned and operated by Bowling Green State University.

WBGU broadcasts a college radio format from the campus of Bowling Green State University.[3] WBGU is a student-run radio station that focuses on independent, underground, and under-represented music.


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.[1] 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.

WBGU is also the flagship home for Bowling Green hockey and Bowling Green women's basketball.


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Radio Stations in the U.S.". Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999. Washington, DC: R.R. Bowker. 1999. p. D-338. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Bob. "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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