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WMEB FM Language Watch Edit WMEB FM is a non commercial radio station owned and operated by the University of Maine broadcasting on 91 5 FM from its campus in Orono and a transmitter located in Old Town The station is run by university students and programs an alternative rock music format WMEB FMCityOrono Maine USBroadcast areaPenobscot County Maine USFrequency91 9 FMSloganWe re underground literallyProgrammingFormatCollege radioOwnershipOwnerUniversity of MaineHistoryFirst air dateOctober 1 1962 1962 10 01 Call sign meaning Maine Educational Broadcasting 1 Technical informationLicensing authorityFCCClassB1ERP10 000 wattsHAAT52 metersTransmitter coordinates44 55 08 N 68 39 58 W 44 919 N 68 666 W 44 919 68 666LinksPublic license informationProfile LMSWebcastListen liveWebsitewmeb919 wbr com Contents 1 History 1 1 Early years 1 2 Increasing student involvement 1 3 Transmitter relocations and power increase 2 References 3 External linksHistory EditEarly years Edit In October 1961 the University of Maine applied for a construction permit to build a new FM station in Orono which would broadcast with an effective radiated power of 375 watts this was granted by the Federal Communications Commission on January 10 1962 2 Going on the air as WMEB FM from studios in Stevens Hall 1 the station began broadcasts on October 1 1962 3 WMEB FM represented the third generation of broadcasting at UMO The first station on the campus WGBX broadcast from 1926 to 1928 and featured programming mostly presented by faculty 4 In 1953 after three years of technical and funding setbacks WORO a carrier current station was established 5 but this proved impractical to maintain as more students and faculty lived off campus 4 The format typical of 1960s college radio stations featured a mix of talk and music shows 6 in 1964 the music played on WMEB FM consisted of an hour of easy listening programming and three hours a day of classical music supplemented by an hour of campus and local news 7 In 1968 WMEB FM broadcast a 15 week radio course Understanding Music from the university s continuing education division 8 Increasing student involvement Edit The University of Maine started a second radio station on September 14 1970 WMEH the first transmitter in today s Maine Public Radio network 9 The introduction of a public radio service led to the specialization of WMEB as a student run station In 1971 it began overnight broadcasting on the weekends 10 and all but two of its programs that fall were student produced 11 Alongside a steady expansion of the station s broadcasting hours and of the Stevens Hall studios came a weekend block of progressive rock music which was starting to displace the existing easy listening programming 12 In the second half of the 1970s WMEB FM was hit by financial woes The university s department of broadcasting and the student senate both thought the other should be primarily responsible for funding the station 13 In October 1979 students staged an 86 hour Beggar s Banquet radiothon to raise money for station operations 14 The Banquet was not even the only marathon broadcast that WMEB aired that semester in December one disc jockey pulled a 100 hour shift that raised more than 5 000 for starving Cambodians 15 In the late 1970s the station also had trouble keeping itself on the right side of the law in the days when radio stations needed licensed operators a shortage of them caused the station to be in violation of FCC rules for 15 hours a week 16 A report in The Maine Campus the student newspaper at UMO was sent to the FCC leading to a surprise inspection of the station a reprimand and a temporary cutback in broadcasting 17 In the 1980s and 1990s WMEB organized a college hockey rankings poll having taken it over from WDOM at Providence College in Rhode Island 18 By the 1990s WMEB was firmly established as an alternative music outlet with specialty programming in other genres During the alternative music blocks DJs played music from three different colored bins featuring new releases and local artists moderately successful songs and popular mainstream artists in the alternative genre 19 In 1995 the station shut down for five days and removed one student DJ who was dismissed for making provocative racist and homophobic remarks 20 Transmitter relocations and power increase Edit The original 1962 transmitter was replaced in 1997 at a time when there was concern for the station s future because the University of Maine had dropped its broadcasting major 21 However despite already having moved the transmitter university laboratories were receiving interference from the station signal leakage into Bennett Hall caused frequency measuring equipment in physics labs to be unable to pick up any other signals 22 The next year to rectify the interference issue WMEB moved to a new and taller tower which came alongside a slight power increase 23 The studios moved from the East Annex where they had been moved initially on a temporary basis in 1981 to the Student Union in 2003 24 In 2009 the station boosted its power to 10 000 watts from a new transmitter site at the university owned Witter Farm in Old Town the increase filled coverage gaps in Bangor and extended coverage 25 The station suffered a fire at its transmitter site in January 2018 26 which would keep the station off the air for more than three months until it returned at reduced power in April 27 References Edit a b News from Our Maine Colleges Bangor Daily News February 22 1962 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 FCC History Cards for WMEB FM Campus Radio Again WMEB Back Oct 1st The Maine Campus September 27 1962 p 1 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 a b Carr Linda 1965 At 91 9 Easy Listening University of Maine 1865 1965 Special Centennial Edition The Maine Campus pp 56 57 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 MacLauchlin Robert October 18 1962 Radio Station Expands Installs FM Transmitter The Maine Campus p 7 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 U M To Start Radio Season Bangor Daily News September 25 1965 p 26 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEB Adopts New Program Schedule The Maine Campus September 17 1964 p 1 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Airwaves Will Carry Classes This Autumn Bangor Daily News August 12 1968 p 15 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEH FM Radio Now On The Air Bangor Daily News September 14 1970 p W2 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEB FM To Broadcast All Night Bangor Daily News February 12 1971 p 28 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEB is ready to go on the air tonight at 5 30 The Maine Campus October 1 1971 p 5 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEB expands progressively The Maine Campus September 22 1972 p 9 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Palmer Chris October 29 1977 Student sports announcers fouled by money problems Bangor Daily News p ME 15 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 WMEB FM plans lengthy fund raiser Bangor Daily News October 27 1979 p ME 4 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Cheever Dave December 17 1979 UMO disc jockey raises 5 000 for Cambodians Bangor Daily News pp 1 4 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Bailey Douglas February 7 1978 WMEB Lack of licensed disc jockeys forces station to broadcast illegally about 15 hours a week The Maine Campus p 3 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Strumello Deborah March 5 1978 FCC plans to reprimand WMEB p 1 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Morris Chuck November 12 1985 WMEB lands college hockey poll The Daily Maine Campus p 8 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Thompson Brian S December 1 1993 WMEB offers musical alternative for local listeners The Maine Campus p 5 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved June 10 2021 McIntosh Jason April 12 1995 Deviant deejay fired The Maine Campus pp 1 5 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Spekhardt Pat March 22 1997 Campus radio station reaches new audience Bangor Daily News p D3 Archived from the original on June 10 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Fontes Henrique October 5 1998 WMEB to go back on air The Maine Campus pp 1 3 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Williams Kate WMEB prepares for new tower The Maine Campus pp 1 5 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Genre DJ of the Month Michael A Murphy WMEB Bangor Maine NACC Chart 2019 05 01 Archived from the original on 2021 05 19 Retrieved 2021 05 19 Cocklin Jamison November 12 2009 WMEB upgrade held up by UM The Maine Campus pp 1 3 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Burnham Emily February 7 2018 UMaine s college radio station has been off air for over a month Bangor Daily News Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 Resumption of Operations Federal Communications Commission April 26 2018 Archived from the original on May 19 2021 Retrieved May 18 2021 External links Edit 1 Official website WMEB in the FCC FM station database WMEB on Radio Locator WMEB in Nielsen Audio s FM station databaseRetrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title WMEB FM amp oldid 1027920155, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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