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WMUG
City of license Indiana, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Indiana, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Branding "105.1 WMUG"
First air date 2004
Frequency 105.1 MHz
Format Christian
Power 250 Watts
Class L1
Callsign meaning Worldwide Media Under God
Owner The Christian Witness, Inc.
Webcast [mms://69.80.226.194/wmug-fm]
Website WMUG Online

WMUG is a low-powered, conservative Christian-formatted American radio station, licensed to Indiana, Pennsylvania. The station operates at the assigned frequency of 105.1 mHz. The station is owned by The Christian Witness, Inc. 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... Indiana is a borough located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. ... Indiana is a borough located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... 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) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP, a... Indiana is a borough located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ...


History

The roots of WMUG can be traced back to as early as 1965, when Christian Witness founder J.D. Varner was healed from a life-threatening illness. Transformed by the experience, Varner began to search within himself for a gift that he could give back to God.


As member of Toast Masters International, Varner entered a speech competition. A woman came up to him following his speech and said, "With a voice like that, you could say anything and people would listen." Her comment provided spiritual direction to Varner's life, and he later would act on it through radio ministry.


In February 1966, Varner began a Sunday interview program with average Christian people on local station WDAD AM 1450 in Indiana, Pennsylvania; and was the only radio station on the air in Indiana County at that time. The program was then called "The Laymen's Witness". Over the next 41 years, the program has expanded from a half hour to five hours, and today is called "The Christian Witness". Varner's reputation in the community as a respected Christian aided in his winning election to the position of Indiana borough mayor in 1989. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Despite his highly successful program on WDAD, Varner for many years aspired to buy or build a radio station in his hometown that would serve the conservative Christian community on a full-time basis. When the FCC opened a window for low-power FM broadcasters after the turn of the 21st century, Varner and a board of trustees he had assembled petitioned the FCC for an FM license. The FCC granted The Christian Witness a non-commercial license to broadcast on 105.1 in 2002. However, the station would not go on the air until almost two years later, largely due to the incredible expense of putting a brand-new station on the air, which required real estate, a studio building, and professional-grade broadcast equipment.


Nevertheless, The Christian Witness pressed onward and was able to secure a hilltop location on Coolspring Road, right at the Indiana borough limit. The Christian Witness was able to choose 105 Coolspring Road (to match the assigned frequency) as the address for the undeveloped parcel of land, and local petroleum distributor William G. Satterlee provided the gift of a studio building (two converted mobile homes) for the new station. Funding also had to be secured to pay a professional FCC certified engineer to do the overall tower and antenna construction, as well as the transmitter installation. The remainder of the work was performed by volunteers who believed in the ministry's cause.


The work was finally completed in 2004. Later that year, the station signed on the air for the very first time.


WMUG Today

Todd Marino served as WMUG's first station manager and morning show host at the time of its sign-on. Today he continues his duties as co-host of "The Christian Witness" program Sunday mornings on WDAD.


WDAD morning show host Bill Otto hosts a weekday program called "Music on the Menu", an hour-long easy-listening music show on WMUG. Otto's wife Nancy also hosts a Friday evening show dedicated to dinner parties, decorating, and a weekly recipe.


Kevin Kubica today serves as station manager and general sales manager. Varner's son Doug, who had co-hosted the morning show with Todd Marino at the time of sign-on, now hosts the show alone, with an occasional guest host. He also serves as one of the station's engineers.


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