Established in 1939, WESU 88.1 FM is one of the oldest non-commercial radio stations in the United States. 2019 marks the 80th year anniversary for the station and a unique opportunity for the campus and broader community to revisit its history, impact, potential, and import to the socio-political landscape of the 21st century. Throughout WESU’s history, there have been two constants: first, without interruption, Wesleyan students have continuously operated the station; and second, broadcasts have been focused on new, under-represented, or non-commercial programming aimed at students and the larger community.
Beginning in the Spring of 2019, through the fall of 2019, the JCCP and WESU will host a series of public events and activities to commemorate WESU’s history and impact, and further engage our community.
WESU FM 80th Anniversary Events:
A Celebration of Community and Free-Form Radio and Exploration of its Role in the Socio-Political Context of the 21st Century
- WESU Community Record Fair
4/06, 10:00-4:00 pm, Beckham Hall
- J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, “Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Independent Media and the Power of Community Radio”
4/18, 7:00-8:00 pm, Ring Family Performance Hall
- Akua Naru, “College Radio, Women in Hip-Hop, and Black Culture in Contemporary America”
4/24, 6:00-7:30 pm, Ring Family Performance Hall
- Banning Eyre ‘79, “Bringing Africa to American Radio”
4/25, 5:00-6:00 pm, Ring Family Performance Hall
The station currently broadcasts at the frequency of 88.1 FM from its 6,000-watt transmitter located atop Exley Science Center with a potential to reach over one million listeners throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. WESU also streams audio, online through the website www.wesufm.org.