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WRUW’s 50th Birthday!
February 26, 2017
In 1946, WFSM was founded by the Flora Stone Mather Radio Club, “broadcasting” via a public address system. Since that time, it evolved into an AM carrier-current station (WRAR, starting in 1955) and then (on February 26th, 1967) to the FM broadcast station it is now. WRUW 91.1 FM began as a ten watt mono station serving the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland. WRUW gained stereo capability in 1974 and, in 1980, raised its power to 1,000 watts. The evolution of WRUW was competed when, on March 5th 2002, WRUW increased its power to 15,000 watts. WRUW now serves a large portion of the Northeast/Northern Ohio region, from the Ohio/Pennsylvania border (to the east) to Toledo and parts of Michigan (to the west) and portions of Canada (to the north).
On Sunday, February 26th WRUW will be celebrating our 50th anniversary! For our 50th birthday we have several days of special programming planned, including #throwback episodes of The Cream of Broccoli Radio Hour and Sunday Matinee on February 26th, 2017 focusing on music from the year the station went FM! Radio Child will be featuring a song for each year WRUW has been on the air! We are currently planning to present “WRUW Listens Back” with the help of alumni on-air programmers. It will be 24 hours of archived programming broken into one hour slices, featuring past on air personalities as John E. Midnight, Joe Riznar, Cuzin’ Dave Newman, Anne Weatherhead, and Catherine Butler among many more. Please contact our alumni director James Szabo at [email protected] if you are a past WRUW staff member who would like to contribute.