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Encyclopedia > WMHB
City of license Waterville, Maine
Broadcast area Kennebec Valley
Branding WMHB 89.7FM
Slogan Broadcasting Seeds of Sound
First air date October 15th, 1956
Frequency 89.7 FM
Format Eclectic
Power 110 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning W Mayflower Hill Broadcasting
Owner Mayflower Hill Broadcasting Corporation
Webcast [1]
Website [2]

WMHB, 89.7 FM Waterville, is the radio station of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, USA. WMHB is directed, managed, and staffed entirely by students. WMHB has been on air in one form or another since 1949. WMHB can be heard in Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Fairfield and surrounding communities. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... Waterville is a city in Kennebec County, Maine in the United States on the west bank of the Kennebec River. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... Frequency modulation (FM) is a form of modulation that represents information as variations in the instantaneous frequency of a carrier wave. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... A webcast is a live media file distibuted over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Colby College, founded in 1813, is one of the United States of Americas oldest independent liberal arts colleges. ... Waterville is a city in Kennebec County, Maine in the United States on the west bank of the Kennebec River. ... Waterville is a city in Kennebec County, Maine in the United States on the west bank of the Kennebec River. ... The Winslow Congregational Church on Lithgow Street Winslow is a small residential community built along the banks of Maines Kennebec River. ... Oakland is a town in Kennebec County in the U.S. state of Maine. ... Fairfield is a town located in Somerset County, Maine. ...


History of WMHB

WMHB's beginnings originate to Radio Colby, a weekly radio show aired on WTVL, a Waterville AM radio station. Beginning in 1949, Radio Colby featured Colby news, trivia, and favorite new music. Much of the same type of material that was broadcast on the radio show is now available on the "Inside Colby" podcast. Radio Colby would continue until December 1957. WJZN and WTVL collectivly known as Kool AM 1400 and 1490 are AM Radio stations located in Maine. ...

Given Radio Colby's popularity, students wished to further develop campus broadcasting. In the Spring of 1955 Radio Colby went on air as 600mhz K.C. AM, a carrier current station (being a carrier current station, the call letters were arbitrary, KCAM referring to 'K Colby AM'. Students could listen in by attaching a cable from their radio to radiator pipes or ground wire of the electrical system. The station broadacst originated in the veteran's apartments (temporary housing created for the returning World War II veterans), and could be heard on the eastern side of campus including the then fraternity houses. The veterans apartments were demolished in 1957, and Radio Colby went silent. Carrier current is a method of low-power broadcasting that uses the electrical system of a building to distribute an AM radio signal. ...

Radio Colby came back in 1964 on 610mhz carrier current. Broadcasting from Roberts Union, the new station could be heard almost all around campus. Radio Colby began to develop from a novelty into more of a full featured radio station, featuring both news and music. This increase in development led the station to apply for a 10 watt Class D Nonommercial FM license in 1973. Radio Colby incorporated as the Mayflower Hill Broadcasting Corporation, a separate entity from Colby College and governed completely by students.

In 1984, WMHB was approved to upgrade to 110 watts erp, increasing its radius from immediate Waterville to the surrouding communities. WMHB continued as a mainly on campus feature, although community support began to grow over time.

In the mid 1990s WMHB began a new chapter in its existence. WMHB began to structure itself more like a community-based radio station rather than a campus club. These developments increased as time went on, leading to the beginning of internet radio streaming in January 2001. Due to royalty battles, WMHB (and all other internet radio stations) had to pull its webstream down for a time shortly after, but WMHB re-emerged its web presence in 2002.

Over time the web became a major aspect of WMHB's listenership base, attracting listeners from all over the world. Colby students also began to use the web as the main listening medium. In March 2007, WMHB was added to the iTunes radio tuner, as well as the radio tuners of Windows Media and TiVo.

WMHB Today

Today, WMHB is still broadcasting at 110 watts of effective radiated power via an omnidirectional antenna. WMHB is funded from student allocated activity money and from the support of local businesses who underwrite programs. WMHB is currently a member of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Association of Broadcasters, and College Music Journal. The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An omnidirectional antenna is an antenna system which radiates power uniformly in one plane with a directive pattern shape in a perpendicular plane. ... College Music Journal, commonly known as CMJ, is a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the Canada. ...

Every year, WMHB hosts an annual food drive to support the Mid-Maine Homless Shelter, the single largest donation the shelter receives each year.

Station Programming

Currently all station programming originates at WMHB's studio. An all volunteer producer staff brings alternative music of all genres twenty four hours a day. WMHB works with a number of promotional firms that work with new artists, and submits charts regularly to College Music Journal. During the summer, members of the Waterville community fill in for student show times. College Music Journal, commonly known as CMJ, is a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the Canada. ...

In addition to music programming, WMHB also features some talk shows, including an alternative health show and a sports talk show.

In addition to music and talk programming, WMHB also broadcasts major sports games at Colby, including games from the football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and softball teams. Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ...


WMHB, like many other college stations, has a large influence on what music becomes mainstream. Artists like Norah Jones, Gnarls Barkley, and even Avril Lavigne began their career on the college circuit. Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress. ... Gnarls Barkley is a Grammy-award winning musical collaboration between DJ, multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) from Baltimore, and rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta. ... Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley[1] (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian rock singer and musician. ...

WMHB receives hundreds of requests for airplay every week, a staff of volunteer music directors sifts through and reviews every cd. Volunteer djs then choose their playlists based on the reviews of the music directors. Each week, WMHB reports back to many promotional firms on the status of cds, and also submits charts to College Music Journal. College Music Journal, commonly known as CMJ, is a weekly magazine of and for the music industry and college radio stations in the Canada. ...

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