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|City||New York, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York metropolitan area|
|Branding||WNYU 89.1 FM|
|First air date||1949|
|HAAT||78 metres (256 feet)|
|Callsign meaning||New York University|
|Owner||New York University|
WNYU-FM (89.1 FM) is a college radio station owned and operated by New York University. Until 2004, it served lower Manhattan and surrounding areas, but thanks to a new booster, it now broadcasts to the tri-state region. The station can be heard on 89.1 FM at 8,300 watts from 4pm until 1am on weekdays, and on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at wnyu.org. The stream can also be found in iTunes Radio under the Eclectic genre.
WNYU is run entirely by university students. It plays a diverse array of music and encourages independent artists to submit their work for airplay. Their website features archives of aired shows, allowing listeners to tune into missed broadcasts.
The offices and studios are located at 5-11 University Place in Greenwich Village. WNYU's main transmitter is located at University Heights in the Bronx, the former location of NYU. Another transmitter is licensed as WNYU-FM1, a co-channel booster station located at University Plaza at the current campus , and serving lower Manhattan where the main signal is blocked by the skyscrapers of upper Manhattan.
The frequency of 89.1 in the New York metropolitan area is actually reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the United Nations (to a maximum of 20 kW effective radiated power at up to 500 feet (152 m) HAAT, per 47 CFR §73.501. This is the only allotment in the country to be specified in the reserved band used by non-commercial educational stations. Because this was never used by the U.N., WNYU and WFDU were allowed to broadcast on it, on a shared time basis.
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In the 1940’s, a group of NYU students, one of whom was Bruce Morrow, set up our first radio station, broadcasting on an AM carrier current to the campus. Under the guidance of Professors Irving Falk and Robert Emerson, the station became an important part of the then Radio Department’s curriculum. In 1965, students of the Radio Department one again took the initiative. A series of conversations ensued between them and the Chief of Operations and Television Devices at the United Nations. The students were seeking an FM frequency and were aware that the UN’s designated frequency was unused. After considerable discussion and negotiation with the FCC, an agreement was reached that would permit NYU to use the current 89.1 FM frequency.
On August 9, 1973, a split license to broadcast on 89.1 FM was granted by the FCC to New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey. The license for WNYU indicated the station could operate at 8.3 kilowatts and the antenna height above average terrain was limited to 195 feet. The time-share agreement, determined by both universities, allotted WNYU the hours between 4:00 PM and 1:00 AM, Monday through Friday.WNYU’s mission has been, in part, to uphold New York University’s motto, “A Private University in the Public Service.” The transmitter and antenna were and still are located at CUNY-Bronx Community College, the previous site of NYU’s uptown campus. While WNYU-AM was heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and transmitted on carrier current to the dormitories, the FM audience would consist of listeners in New York City above and below the downtown campus, as well as portions of the tri-state area.
From 1973 to 1986, WNYU was a student club, located at the Loeb Student Center. Professor Irving Falk of the Undergraduate Film and Television Department acted as the faculty advisor until 1994, when Professor Lynne McVeigh assumed the role. In 1986, when UGFTV moved into 721 Broadway, the decision was made by the Chairman, Charles Milne, in consultation with radio faculty, to integrate WNYU officially into a department. The station would no longer solely be a student club, but would have a Radio Board, consisting of an equal number of faculty members and station management. Subsequently, to achieve an even closer liaison with the department, the Faculty Advisor position became a Faculty Director position with Professor Ray Gallon acting as the first, until 1992 when Professor Barbara Malmet became the second director. In 1999, Deb Wetzel became the new director.
In this age of emerging technologies, NYU’s award-winning television station, NYU-TV and WNYU have joined forces. WNYU’s signal is now broadcast 24 hours a day underneath NYU-TV’s channel 16 bulletin board, “Happenings.” Taking the place of WNYU-AM, WNYU.ORG now broadcasts on the Internet through live-feed streams in Real Audio, Windows Media Player and MP3 formats on our web site at http://www.wnyu.org. WNYU has been broadcasting for over a quarter of a century. We have a listening audience of over 100,000 while maintaining a quality unparalleled in college radio.
WNYU has been home to Plastic Tales from the Marshmallow Dimension as well as the legendary New Afternoon Show since 1980, when programmer Sal LoCurto, with the support of WNYU Station Manager, Vincent Montuori, flipped the format from progressive rock to new wave, creating a U.S. launching pad for an entire new generation of music including The Human League, Heaven 17, R.E.M., Public Image Limited as well as NYC and Hoboken acts such as The dB's, The Fleshtones, The Bongos, Liquid Liquid, KONK, ESG, The Individuals and The Bush Tetras.
The original New Afternoon Show line-up included Gary Cee (now Director of Operations at Clear Channel TriState in Sussex, New Jersey), Naomi Regelson, Michael "Pablo" Dugan, Sal LoCurto, and Evan "Funk" Davies. Brian "Weems" Williams replaced Gary Cee in 1981. Loscalzo (later of WPDH, WRCN, WDRE, KROQ-FM and K-Rock/NY replaced Evan "Funk" Davies in 1982. Other New Afternoon Show DJs during the 80's included Hrynyszyn, Jon Fox, Anne Clark, Sylvia, and Hugh Foley.
The station broke ground by airing one of the first hardcore punk programs - "Noise! The Show" - with host (and future MTV veejay) Tim Sommer. A snippet of this show can be heard on the Beastie Boys collection "Some Old Bullshit". Following the success of "Noise! The Show", a similar punk and hardcore radio show called "Crucial Chaos" started in the late 1980s and was a staple of the NYHC scene. An infamous live set from the show with an on-air fight between members of Sick of it All and Born Against still exists and can be found on the internet. Crucial Chaos continues to this day, now in its 24th year and still features live sets and interviews from bands in the current hardcore scene.
Alec Baldwin was a frequent guest on short-lived comedy program "Comedy Hell" hosted by Max Keiser who would later go on to invent the Hollywood Stock Exchange and appear as a presenter on both Al-Jazeera English and BBC World News. The show was co-hosted and produced by Loscalzo.
|Guest Name||Year||Show Title|
|Vaughan Mason||1987||Club 89|
|The Altar Boys||1986||NAS|
|Drivin' and Cryin'||1987||NAS|
|Death of Samantha||1986||NAS|
|Sonic Youth||1984||Music View|
|Suicidal Tendencies||1985||Music View|
|Social Distortion and Vandals||1986||Music View|
|The Smiths||1984||Music View|
|Yo La Tengo||1988||NAS|
|Guest Name||Year||Show Title|
|Born Against||1991||Crucial Chaos|
|LL Cool J||-||-|
|Born Against||1991||Crucial Chaos|
|Norman Bates and the Showerheads||1990||Crucial Chaos|
|GG Allen (Last Interview Ever)||1993||Club 89|
|Guest Name||Year||Show Title|
|Michael Hurley||2015||Shake Em on Down|
|Jay IDK||2016||Can I Kick It?|
|Downtown Boys||2016||Crucial Chaos|
|Free Cake For Every Creature||2017||NAS|
WNYU's management is made up of students at the university. The management team for Fall 2016 is: Margaret Shuttleworth (General Manager), Evan Neuhausen (Program Director), Ben Shelley (Business Director), Rachel A.G. Gilman (News Director), Charlie Lyttle (Associate News Director), Julia Ha (Music Director), Ahmed Hafezi (Associate Music Director), Lilli Elias (Net Radio Director), Tess Derby (Associate Net Radio Director), Kevin Jiang (Sports Director), Spencer Peppet (Publicity Director), Jonathan Marty (Promotions Director), Jake Zacharia (Engineering Director), Devin Black (Tech Director), and Megan Delsey (Archives Director).
Current WNYU DJs include DJ Tim Sweeney, whom Time Out New York named "one of the most in-demand DJs in the city" in an April 2005 feature, spins dance classics and new electronic music on Beats In Space, Tuesday nights. The Village Voice facetiously called Beats In Space the "Best Radio Show for Hearing 'Disco Train' Several Times on Repeat" in their Best of 2005 issue.
"The Cheap Seats," a sports talk program. The show airs for one half-hour and aims to break down professional sports from a uniquely independent viewpoint, especially focusing on teams from the New York region. Listeners may call in and offer their own opinions on the air. The show is currently hosted by members of WNYU's News Department. Other past members include Kenny Albert (Fox), John Schmeelk (New York Giants), Aaron Goldhammer (ESPN Radio), Brook Silva-Braga (HBO), Jay Cowit (WNYC), Rachel Steinberg, Bryan Koch, Keith Sabalja, Rob Maiale, and Brad Clough. Hosts often interview relevant figures from the world of sports. Past guests have included DeMaurice Smith, John Sterling, Kerry Rhodes, Satch Sanders, Ramses Barden and Stu Jackson. The show's forerunner was a live, call-in sports show,"Spotlight On Sports," created in 1978 and hosted by Lawrence Tarantino. The WNYU sports department also provides coverage of NYU men's and women's basketball.
"Tunnel One", which airs every Tuesday evening from 9:00pm to 10:30pm EST, is New York City's only weekly Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and foundation reggae & dancehall radio program. Begun circa 1997, and hosted by djMush1 (trumpet player/multi-instrumentalist, engineer, arranger, and producer, and formerly of the Slackers and Murphy's law, and currently of The Hungry March Band, The Scorchers, & Al Paragus record label and event space [home of When Dance Was Nice]), Tunnel One has featured live in-studio guests such as Junior Reid, Carlton Livingston, Clive Chin, Johnny Osbourne, Danny Dread (Stereo Mars/Volacano), Jah Wise (Tippatone), Tony Screw (Downbeat), Junior Cat, General Trees, Professor Nuts, Al Campbell, Brigadier Jerry, Monty Alexander, Welton Irie, Ranking Trevor, Ranking Joe, and many more.
WNYU legacy music shows include Shake Em On Down, Crucial Chaos, Hellhole, Bentwave, and Plastic Tales of the Marshmallow Dimension.
- WNYU Homepage
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNYU
- Radio-Locator information on WNYU
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNYU
- WNYU's page on StylusCity