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WFMU Opens Performance Space

Community station timed build to coincide with Jersey City bylaw change

Free-form community station WFMU(FM), Jersey City, N.J., has opened a performance space.

Station executives tell New Jersey’s News12 they relied on years of donations to build the venue which opened this weekend with a sold-out show.

WFMU says it turned the loss of its first-floor tenant into a gain, taking advantage of a change in Jersey City bylaws that now allow for live music.

The mostly volunteer-run station has been on the air since 1958 and broadcasts at 1,250 watts on 91.1 MHz. To sustain its commitment to independent radio, the station says it survives on listener contributions and an occasional grant. The station does not accept underwriting or corporate sponsorships and is not a member of any public radio networks.

Originally, the station was associated with Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., however it’s no longer affiliated with any college or institution.