WEMC program schedule
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The WEMC studio was originally located in the balcony of Lehman Auditorium and later moved to Astral Hall, which had been an astronomy classroom.
WEMC Public Radio WEMC-FM 91.7
Shenandoah Valley’s premier source of classical music
New programming adopted in summer 2014 includes:
- weeknight showcases of live recordings by well-known orchestras, including ones in Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York
- a Saturday afternoon classical music program, Concierto, hosted in both English and Spanish and focusing on Latin American composers
About the new WEMC schedule
Classical music during the weeknights replaced evening jazz shows. The station also dropped its news programs from Democracy Now! and the BBC World Service (still accessible via the Internet). Read more about WEMC’s August 2014 shift toward more classical music offerings.
WEMC continues its Sunday morning broadcasts of services at Park View Mennonite Church, and in 2014 added an encore broadcast (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.) of Mostly Mennonite, Mostly Acappella, a 90-minute music show hosted by EMU professor emeritus John Horst.
WEMC – A Rich Broadcasting History
WEMC is also Virginia’s oldest public radio station, founded by EMU in 1955 thanks to a donation from the class of 1954. From its transmission tower on the crest of the hill west of EMU, WEMC’s signal can reach up to 88,000 people who live within a 25-mile radius of the university. By late 2014, the station’s aging transmitter will be replaced with a new one to ensure more reliable service.
For communications majors and minors and other interested students, the radio station was a learning opportunity like no other. Students, faculty and staff manned the airwaves for decades. WEMC’s mission was always to provide music, news, and information to the local community that celebrates our many cultural backgrounds while providing knowledge and perspectives that look beyond the surface of today’s issues.
In 2007 WMRA-FM, James Madison University’s public radio station assumed management of WEMC-FM, which continues to be the public radio voice of EMU. Both stations broadcast from WMRA’s studios on the corner of Reservoir Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way (formerly Cantrell Avenue) in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Each station provides strong, distinctive programming to the greater Shenandoah Valley, such as the weekly airing of the Park View Mennonite Church service on WEMC.
While the daily operations and financial needs of WEMC are handled by WMRA management, EMU retains the operating license for the station. EMU remains grateful to WMRA’s excellent and respectful management team for their guiding hand in the transition and in the years since.