I am going to step on my soapbox for a minute so please bear with me. WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States.
Due to a series of unfortunate events (the current recession, falling short of their spring fundraising campaign, losing their main transmitter), they are hosting a 24 hour donation marathon starting at 7:00 PM November 17. The goal is to raise enough funds to keep the turntables spinning and the tunes playing through the winter.
Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, CMJ and the New York Press have all at one time or another called WFMU “the best radio station in the country.” WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.
Times are hard for everyone, no question about that. However, if you are a fan of independent music please consider making a donation. The role WFMU has played is immeasurable and to lose this gem would be a travesty. WFMU receives no corporate or government funding.
For more information about the station, please visit: www.wfmu.org
For more information about the marathon, head on over to: www.wfmu.org/marathon
And, if you would like to make a donation (and score some sweet swag), go to: www.wfmu.org/marathon/pledge.php