What is WMUU?WMUU 102.9 FM is a low-power radio station broadcasting from downtown Madison, Wisconsin. We broadcast primarily half-hour and hour-long interviews on a wide range of topics including news, public affairs, history, science, religion, philosophy, arts, culture, and more. Our content includes both nationally syndicated and locally-produced programming, and we strive to bring listeners content relevant to the Madison community and beyond.
As well as our talk programs, we broadcast live events from the piano bar at The Fountain restaurant at 122 state street in Madison. These “Live from the Fountain” broadcasts feature local musicians and writers, and are free and open to the public.
Who Owns WMUUWMUU is owned by the First Unitarian Society (FUS) of Madison, a Unitarian Universalist congregation with over 1500 members. FUS is a progressive religious institution providing a non-creedal home for people of a variety of religious beliefs and backgrounds. FUS seeks to be a place where people can explore ethical, spiritual, and social issues in a safe environment, and in the spirit of these goals, WMUU seeks to provide programing that challenges, inspires, entertains, and enlightens listeners.
First Unitarian Society also has a long history of working for social justice in Madison, and many of our members are involved in projects centered on racial justice, economic equality, LGBTQ and women’s rights, and environmental stewardship. WMUU airs a number of our social justice talks and workshops, as we are committed to sharing the work of social justice activists with the Madison community.
For more information about FUS and Unitarian Universalism, visit the FUS website.
HistoryIn October 2013, FUS applied for a for a low-power radio license, with some generous assistance from Brown Broadcasting in Portland Oregon, and Kelly Warren and Dan Cornwell from the non-profit Madison Institute in Madison, WI. After receiving our construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February 2014, we secured broadcasting space at Central Properties on State Street in downtown Madison. After a year of planning and preparation, we went on the air for a few hours on August 19th, 2015, and unveiled our first full day of regular programming on August 20th (which happens to be National Radio Day).
Get InvolvedWMUU is a small operation, with one paid staff member and a few hard-working volunteers. Because we are mostly automated, we don’t have opportunities for news hosts and DJs, but we are looking for people who can help with producing radio stories.
If you have an idea for a program or just want to try your hand at interviewing, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a performer and you are interested in performing at the Fountain for one of our “Live from the Fountain” broadcasts, send an audio sample and information to Harold Langhammer at email@example.com