|Broadcast area||Central New York|
|First air date||1951 - Present|
|Callsign meaning||W Radio Colgate University|
Like many college radio stations, WRCU's main format is freeform, specializing in independent rock music, jazz, hip-hop, and world music. However, the station also has a large variety of specialty show formats, covering genres from metal to Celtic music. WRCU also has a handful of talk shows, covering sports and politics.
According to alumni, the first movement for radio at Colgate was in 1913, where the "Radio Club of Colgate" was formed by students who were interested in communications. The station started in the 1950s by a handful of students who were merely tinkering with random parts. They began broadcasting on AM (600 & 640 kHz) using carrier current on the campus under the call letters WCU. The call sign was changed to WRCU in 1958 and coverage was expanded over the Hamilton community by broadcasting over the town's power lines. The station acquired a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast as an FM station, with the call letters WRCU-FM in 1970.
- Hubbard, John D. "WRCU, the first station in the '90s", The Colgate Scene, March 1997. Retrieved 2007.06.20.
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