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WRUW 91.1 FM is the campus radio station of Case Western Reserve University, located in the University Circle section of Cleveland, Ohio. WRUW is a non-profit, commercial free, all volunteer staffed radio station. WRUW operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Although WRUW is the student radio station of Case, numerous community volunteers and alumni are involved, giving WRUW a continuity not found in most college radio stations.

In addition to broadcasting at 15,000 watts, WRUW is also webcasting, with the web stream available here. WRUW streams its on-air signal, giving WRUW a world-wide audience. WRUW also archives every show on the air for a period one week, making them available for downloads.

WRUW prides itself on presenting a wide range of music not found on the commercial end of the dial. WRUW's programming encompasses jazz, rock, blues, folk, electronica, polkas, metal, international, reggae, and other forms of audio entertainment, making it one of the most diverse radio stations in existence. Since being founded in 1946, WRUW has amassed an enormous music library, featuring over 100,000 albums and 45s and over 100,000 CDs. There are no playlists or "push boxes" at WRUW - each programmer is free to choose the content of their own weekly radio show. The guiding principle is to provide audio entertainment not readily available anywhere else. WRUW's official motto is "More Music, Fewer Hits".

WRUW also broadcasts public affairs programming, both syndicated and locally produced, providing viewpoints and perspectives not readily available in the mainstream media.

WRUW supports local music and live music with a weekly show called Live From Cleveland, which runs Thursday evenings, from 10 to 11 PM. Live From Cleveland affords local musicians, bands, and performers the opportunity to come to the studios of WRUW and perform live on the air for an hour. The performance is recorded as it happens, stored onto DAT or CD, and made available for play by the WRUW DJs. Additionally, WRUW offers its annual music festival Studio-A-Rama at the end of every summer. This is a free, open to the public, ten hour long outdoor concert featuring a national headliner (past headliners have included Guided By Voices, The New Bomb Turks, and The Upper Crust) and seven or eight local openers. The concert is broadcast and webcast live as it happens. WRUW also shows its commitment to the community by broadcasting and webcasting the main stage of the Hessler St. Fair, a two day festival held in the historic Hessler St neighborhood in University Circle, across the street from the studios of WRUW.

In a recent issue of Details magazine, WRUW was named "the [Cleveland] area's most consistently eclectic college station." Additionally, Scene Magazine (a weekly free alternative newspaper in Cleveland) named WRUW "Cleveland's Best Radio Station" for 3 years in a row.

If you're looking for radio the way it oughta be - no commercials, no jingles, no playlists, no payola, no corporate conglomerates - then you've found it at WRUW. Broadcasting at 15,000 watts, webcasting and archiving, and staffed by enthusiastic volunteer DJs who are given complete freedom to present the music of their choice in a unique, creative manner, WRUW is truly a beacon of light in a dark radio world.



Studio Phone Line: (216) 368-2208
Office Phone Line: (216) 368-2207

Mailing Address:
11220 Bellflower Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

Executive Staff

Dan Janini - General Manager
Laura Hurst - Business Manager
Tessa Greene - Operations Director
Laura Childers - Program Director
Roger Weist - Music Director
David Caban - Technical Director
Charlie Topel - Public Relations Director
Roger Ganley - Promotions Director
Elliot Schwartz - Public Affairs Director
Nick Fletcher - Training Director
Tony Marotta - Underwriting Director
Teddy Eisenberg - Recruitment Director
Neal Filsinger - Public Service Director
Ed Zeitz - Production Director
Brandt Fundak - Production Director
James Szabo - Alumni Director
Amy Harmon - Traffic Director
Chaz Baldwin - Librarian
Miriam Zegarac - Librarian
Peter McCall - Station Faculty Advisor
Ace Kumar - Webmaster

A Brief History of WRUW

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).



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