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City Northampton, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Pioneer Valley
Branding Valley Free Radio
Frequency 103.3 MHz
First air date August 7, 2005[1]
Format Public Radio
ERP 100 watts
HAAT 20.3 meters (67 feet)
Class L1
Facility ID 133520
Transmitter coordinates 42°18′59″N 72°40′20″W / 42.31639°N 72.67222°W / 42.31639; -72.67222
Affiliations Pacifica Radio[2]
Owner Foundation For Media Education Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website valleyfreeradio.org

WXOJ-LP (103.3 FM, "Valley Free Radio") is a non-profit, independent community radio station licensed to serve Northampton, Massachusetts as well as the central Pioneer Valley region. The station is owned by Foundation For Media Education Inc.[3] It airs a Public Radio format[4][5] on its FM radio frequency, as well as through a live streaming service on its website. WXOJ is known as the original and home broadcast station of the nationally syndicated radio and television program The David Pakman Show (originally Midweek Politics with David Pakman) and the nationally syndicated radio program "Madness Radio," and was the home of a popular current-events program hosted by then-business owner and current Northampton City Council member Bill Dwight. The station also hosts locally produced programming in-house at its main studios in the village of Florence, Massachusetts, such as The Enviro Show, Occupy the Airwaves, Farm to Fork, Bread & Roses, The Warm Heart of Africa, Poison Ivy of the Mind, Uneasy Listening and more. VFR airs other local and national content from the Pacifica Radio Network.[2]

Valley Free Radio is primarily volunteer-run and provides free training in live programming, broadcast equipment technology, digital audio production and editing, and web design and social media marketing to its members, as well as studio space for licensed DJs and programmers. The station has also entered into a multimedia production agreement with Northampton Community Television, to provide resources and equipment for individuals seeking to create media content for multiple platforms and audiences.

Parade at the end of the Prometheus Radio Project barnraising on August 7, 2005

The station was assigned the "WXOJ-LP" call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on May 11, 2004.[6] The station was launched with assistance from the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b Simon, Clea (2005-08-18). "For Community Stations, Group Signals A Beginning". Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ a b Perkins, Matt (2006-12-26). "Unexpected Success". The Daily News Tribune. 
  3. ^ Freebairn, William (2005-07-24). "Radio volunteers set 'barn raising'". The Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  4. ^ "LPFM Massachusetts". LPFM Database. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  7. ^ Mannekin, Michael (2001-05-17). "Low Power To The People" (PDF). Valley Advocate Newspaper.  {cite web |title=Valley Activists Crusade for Free Speech |url=http://www.freedom-center.org/pdf/05-01VoiceVFRSusieMeserve.jpg | work=Voice date=2001-05 |first=Susie |last=Meserve | |accessdate= 2014-03-24

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