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Centennial Stories: WEMC, Virginia’s first noncommercial radio station, was founded on campus in 1954

When student G. Irvin Lehman wrote an English paper in the 1930s suggesting that Eastern Mennonite College would start a radio station in the future, opposition to the idea was so strong that he was reprimanded for his idea. A little more than twenty years later, broadcasting equipment was installed into the balcony of the chapel-auditorium, and WEMC became Virginia’s first noncommercial publ ...More

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WEMC unveils new programming, rebrands as region’s home for classical music

Starting on Monday, Aug. 11, Eastern Mennonite University’s radio station will broadcast more classical music on its 91.7 FM frequency. The station, WEMC, will also begin billing itself as “the Shenandoah Valley’s premier source of classical music.” New programming will include weeknight showcases of live recordings by well-known orchestras, ...More


Bartholet Named Executive Director for WMRA/WEMC Public Radio

Public radio stations WMRA and WEMC have named Allen Bartholet as the new executive director and general manager effective July 1, 2013. “Allen was selected because of his years of experience in public radio programming, leadership and development,” said Dietrich Maune, search committee chair. “This, along with his collaborative approa ...More

EMU's Jim Bishop

Bishop Signs Off After Decade Of Tunes

For 40 years, Jim Bishop has had his hands in all forms of local media. And while he aims to stick around for a bit longer, he says next week will mark the beginning of the end. On Jan. 7, the 65-year-old Belmont Estates resident will give his final broadcast of “Friday Night Jukebox” on WEMC’s 91.7FM, which he has hosted weekly for nearly 11 years. Bisho ...More

EMU Staff Relish Weekly Programs on WEMC Radio

They are three men on a mission – seeking to serve up an appetizing smorgasbord of eclectic music that may otherwise not hit the local radio airwaves. John L. Horst, Ted Grimsrud and Jim Bishop produce and host w ...More

Programming Changes in the Air at WMRA-WEMC

Some programming changes are in the air everywhere for WEMC and sister public radio station WMRA. WMRA, 90.7 FM, which also manages WEMC, 91.7 FM on behalf of EMU, will offer programs beginning Jan. 14 to supplement National Public Radio’s flagship news shows, “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,&# ...More

JMU to Manage EMU’s Public Radio Station

On February 1, 2007, WMRA-FM, James Madison University’s public radio station, assumed management of WEMC-FM, the public radio voice of Eastern Mennonite University. Both stations will broadcast from WMRA’s studios on the corner of Reservoir Street and Cantrell Ave., with each station providing strong, distinctive programming to the g ...More

‘Jukebox’ Show Tunes Up for Sixth Anniversary

“Friday Night Jukebox” host Jim Bishop, public information officer at EMU, fires up another fabulous fifties tune at WEMC-FM. “Drop the coin right into the slot . . . You g ...More

EMU Radio Station to Broadcast 24/7

WEMC general manager Jon Kauffmann-Kennel finetunes changes in the non-commercial station’s program lineup. The station is now on the air 24 hours a day.Photo by J ...More

Former EMU Staffer Dies

Paul R. Yoder, Sr., a long-time advocate for Eastern Mennonite University, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg. He was 89. A native of Elverson, Pa., Yoder, was a farmer 15 years before ...More