WGMU Radio Seeks FM License

Posted: May 6, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sam Appelbaum

George Mason’s radio station, WGMU, is seeking to expand its programming by obtaining a license for a low-power FM signal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). WGMU currently can be heard on 1370 AM on the radio dial.

General manager Rodger Smith says that with an FM license, WGMU will be able to make more types of programming available to George Mason’s culturally diverse community.

Smith says the FCC currently limits George Mason’s AM signal to five watts, allowing the station to broadcast up to 100 yards from the Fairfax Campus. Depending on the wattage of a new signal, WGMU may be able to reach much farther. “It’s been my goal to promote this station beyond our campus borders,” Smith says.

Smith says the FCC will probably decide whether to grant WGMU an FM license either this summer or fall. If approved, WGMU may be able to obtain the signal by 2000 or 2001.

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