Our mission is…
To prepare students with broadcast experiences that utilize critical thinking and communication skills;
To provide an environment where students can master technical skills, cultivate artistic values and put into practice the classroom learning related to the field of communications and broadcasting;
To provide co-curricular opportunities for students to display responsibility, sociability, self-management and integrity.
Who we are…
WRMU is a non-commercial, educational radio station licensed to the Mount Union Board of Trustees. Broadcast licenses for schools, religious institutions and public organizations are of the non-commercial, educational type. When we say we are non-commercial, we mean that the station cannot, well, air any commercials.
We are required to give our listeners informational, educational and cultural programming.
So if we don’t air commercials, how do we get our funding?
Funding for the station can come from a variety of sources such as private grants, corporate underwriting and public donations. However, the majority of our funding comes from the University.
We are considered a “learning tool and lab” for the students of the university, but we’d like to think we’re so much more! Students operate the station as a public service to the Mount Union campus and surrounding communities. This gives us students a chance to get our voice over the air, which is a real-life experience. We also get the opportunity to work on the business side of things to see how a real radio station works.
Our station has a radiated power of 2,800 watts. This means that our air signal covers approximately a 20 to 25 mile radius from our campus — these are the ones who can tune into 91.1 FM on their radios. However, our primary signal reaches one million potential listeners — from streaming online and from listening in on the phone!
WRMU broadcasts broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our format changes a lot in that time, however. Jazz is played Monday – Friday all day until 10p.m.. From 10p.m. until 2a.m. on Mondays – Fridays during the school year, our R91 shows take over the airwaves. On the weekends, we play ALL OLDIES! (Our listeners tell us that is their favorite!) Don’t forget that Mount Union is pretty big on sports, so you can tune in during any Mount Union football game to hear it broadcast live, along with some other sporting events throughout the year.
WRMU is a member of the National Association of College Broadcasters. The skills our students develop at WRMU can be used in TV or film productions, multi-media presentations, theater productions, public relations work, speeches and just about anywhere audio skills are used. While WRMU is greatly populated by communication students, there are other majors that show interest in the station and actually work for us!
WRMU is owned by Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio, and is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.
What does that mean?
Well, the station accepts as its primary purpose and function, as stipulated by FCC Rules and Regulations, the responsibility to “serve in the public interest, convenience and necessity.” One of the main purposes of WRMU is to serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity within its assigned listening area. Our station is responsible to the Board of Trustees and to the FCC for compliance with all laws, rules and regulations pursuant to the operation of the station.