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WNMU-FM is a radio station in the United States, broadcasting at FM 90.1 in Marquette, Michigan. The station, owned by Northern Michigan University, is a National Public Radio member station, airing a large amount of classical and jazz music along with a variety of other local programming. It is operated by a combination of full-time staff members and students.

WNMU-FM
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CityMarquette, Michigan
Broadcast area[1]
BrandingPublic Radio 90
SloganPublic Radio for the Upper Great Lakes Region
Frequency90.1 MHz
First air date1963
FormatPublic: Variety- including Classical, Jazz, News/Talk
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT283 meters (928 ft)
ClassC1
Callsign meaningNorthern Michigan University
Former callsignsWNMR (1963-1975)
AffiliationsNPR
OwnerNorthern Michigan University
Websitewww.wnmufm.org

The station serves the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin. It first signed on in 1963 as WNMR. It joined the then year-old NPR in 1971 and adopted its current calls in 1975.

WNMU-FM is licensed to broadcast in HD Radio, but opted to temporarily discontinue HD broadcasting in the spring of 2011 due to financial constraints. The station had planned to launch HD-2 and HD-3 side channels, one featuring entirely classical music and the other featuring entirely public radio news and information.[2] It had been the only Upper Peninsula radio station licensed for HD transmissions.

TranslatorsEdit

WNMU-FM programming can also be heard on the following translator stations across the Upper Peninsula:

Broadcast translators of WNMU-FM
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license FCC info
W216AI 91.1 FM Newberry, MI FCC
W220AJ 91.9 FM Manistique, MI FCC
W243CQ 96.5 FM Escanaba, MI FCC
W250BO 97.9 FM Stephenson, MI FCC

NOTE: W243CQ previously operated as W296AX on 107.1 FM. The translator changed frequencies due to the sign-on of 107.3 WUPF in Powers, Michigan, which serves the Escanaba area. Similarly, the Stephenson translator, which originally operated at 107.3, was forced off the air in July 2009 by the sign-on on WUPF. The translator received construction permits to move to 96.7 and 97.3, but transmission on those frequencies would have presented interference to WUPG 96.7 FM in Republic, Michigan, and WGLQ 97.1 FM in Escanaba, respectively. In June 2011, the translator was granted a construction permit to operate on 97.9, where it would not interfere in the protected coverage areas of any full-powered stations. That translator is now on the air at 97.9. Also, WNMU previously operated a translator in Menominee, Michigan at 91.3 FM (W217AA). As of May 2012, the license for this translator has been cancelled, due to the sign-on of WRMW, a full-power station on the same frequency in nearby Peshtigo, Wisconsin. It is not known whether NMU will seek another frequency in the Menominee area.

Though WNMU serves the Sault Ste. Marie/Newberry radio market in the Eastern Upper Peninsula via Newberry translator W216AI, its signal normally does not reach Sault Ste. Marie. That city is instead served by Central Michigan University's public/NPR/jazz station WCMU-FM, via its local repeater WCMZ.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Predicted Coverage Area for WNMU 90.1 FM - Radio Locator". radio-locator.com.
  2. ^ http://wnmu.publicbroadcasting.net/media/Preview%20PDF/WNMU-FM_Preview_May11.pdf

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