In February 2007 WMRA-FM, James Madison University’s public radio station, assumed management of WEMC-FM, the public radio voice of EMU. Both stations broadcast from WMRA’s studios on the corner of Reservoir Street and Cantrell Ave. in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with each station providing strong, distinctive programming to the greater Shenandoah Valley.
While the daily operations and financial needs of WEMC are handled by WMRA management, EMU retains the operating license for the station. You can listen to WEMC online, contact or visit the WMRA website for more info.
Founded by EMU in 1955 thanks to a donation from the class of 1954, WEMC is Virginia’s first public radio station. The studio was originally located in the balcony of Lehman Auditorium and later moved to Astral Hall, which had been an astronomy classroom. (The EMU telescope is still housed in the observatory next to Astral Hall.)
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 years. 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.
EMU remains grateful to WMRA’s excellent and respectful management team for their guiding hand in the transition and in the years since.