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WCBN-FM is the student-run radio station of the University of Michigan. Its format is primarily freeform. It broadcasts at 88.3 MHz FM in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... This article is about the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. ... Freeform radio is a radio format where the DJ is given total control over what he or she plays. ... For the railroad company, see Ann Arbor Railroad. ...



WCBN was created in 1952 when three existing carrier current broadcasting systems on campus pooled resources. WCBN-AM could be tuned to in University buildings at 650 kHz. Programming was coordinated between the existing broadcast facilities. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Carrier current is a method of low-power broadcasting that uses the electrical system of a building to distribute an AM radio signal. ...

In 1956 WCBN hosted the first meeting of the National Association of College Broadcasters. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

1965 saw the consolidation of WCBN operations in the newly completed Student Activities Building. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...

In early 1971 a proposal was approved by the Board of regents to expand the station to FM Radio. On January 23, 1972 WCBN-FM went on the air at 89.5 MHz with a 10 Watt transmitter. At this time the carrier current station adopted the new callsign WRCN, and programming was divided. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity broadcast radio sound. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...

WCBN was moved to 88.3 MHz by the FCC in 1977. The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...

In 1980 the station held its first fundraiser to supplement its University support. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

WCBN's transmitter was upgraded to 200 Watts in 1984. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While WCBN's programming format is primarily freeform, its also specialty programs focusing on specific styles or origins of music including Dance Hall Reggae, Nothin’ but the Blues, the Bluegrass show Bill Monroe for Breakfast, the techno show Crush Collision, and the Hip hop show The Prop Shop. Several of these programs have aired continuously for over 20 years. Sunday programming is comprised mainly of specialty shows featuring the music of Africa, Asia, India, Israel and the Middleast, Japan, Turkey and the Mediterranean. The weekly, 2 hour Local Music Show features local artists performing live in-studio. Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in the English, Irish and Scottish traditional music of immigrants from the British Isles (particularly the Scots-Irish immigrants of Appalachia), as well as the music of rural African-Americans, jazz, and blues. ... Bill Monroe Bill Monroe (September 13, 1911 - September 9, 1996) developed the style of country music known as bluegrass, which takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for his home state of Kentucky. ... Techno- is a prefix relating to technology. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of noise pollution. ...

WCBN also broadcasts locally and nationally produced news, sports and issues programming, such as nationally produced FAIR's CounterSpin, and Free Speech Radio News as well as Dave Emory's commentary show For the Record. The locally produced LGBT issues program Closets R4 Clothes has aired since 1975. A fair is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or funfair entertainment. ... For the Canadian television series on CBC Newsworld, see CounterSpin (television program). ... Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) is a worker run collective that produces a half hour newscast each weekday. ... David Emory is an American talk radio host and personality. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...

The WCBN News Department was revitalized beginning in 2004, when a group of students converged to conduct live coverage of the presidential elections. Out of this grew a more long term project called BlackBox Radio, which has now produced over 50 episodes of its weekly show.

Other information

In addition to its FM broadcast, WCBN can be heard via the Internet at wcbn.org.

The University of Michigan also funds and operates the NPR station WUOM-FM, which is run as a service to the community and does not directly involve students in its operation. NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... WUOM is the NPR radio station at 91. ...

Ken Freedman, general manager of WFMU-FM, worked at WCBN from 1977-1983. Ken Freedman is the current General Manager of WFMU, a freeform radio station. ... WFMU-FM is a noncommercial radio station in Jersey City, New Jersey, broadcasting at 91. ...

Gilda Radner was weather girl at WCBN from 1965-1966. Gilda Radners Live From New York LP cover Gilda Radner (28 June 1946 – 20 May 1989) was an American comedian and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live. ...

External links

  Results from FactBites:
The Michigan Daily Online (1190 words)
Because WCBN boasts a very loose format, unlike most stations where playlists are set and the DJs are required to play a predetermined percentage of a certain kind of music.
At his summer orientation session, he called WCBN to inquire about being a DJ, and he was invited to come to the station and be trained.
So, in order to keep WCBN afloat and commercial-free on the air, the station has been forced to become more independent and seek other means of funding, including fundraisers and selling ads in their program guide.
WCBN - ArborWiki (428 words)
The WCBN News Department was revitalized beginning in 2004, when a group of students converged to conduct live coverage of the presidential elections.
WCBN was moved to 88.3 MHz by the FCC in 1977.
WCBN's transmitter was upgraded to 200 Watts in 1984.
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