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|Broadcast area||College Park, Maryland|
|First air date||ca 1950|
|Callsign meaning||Maryland University Communications|
|Owner||University of Maryland|
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.
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.
Jill Goldstein is the current Program Director for the station.
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.
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- Bonnie Bernstein
- Mark Davis, radio talk show host, KSKY-AM Dallas-Ft. Worth, columnist, Dallas Morning News
- David Malitz of Washington Post
- Brother Irwin and Gary Allen
- Doug Bertel
- Connie Chung, TV news anchor
- John Davis, drummer of Q And Not U, singer in Georgie James and Title Tracks
- Tom Lyle of Government Issue
- Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks comic strip and TV show
- Erin Smith, guitarist of Bratmobile
- Eric Speck of Ace Fu
- Meg Zamula
- WMUC website
- WMUC Sports website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WMUC
- Radio-Locator information on WMUC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WMUC