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 is a premier choice for classical music throughout the day. Read more: WEMC’s August 2014 shift toward more classical music offerings.
Sunday morning’s broadcasts feature “Sing for Joy” and “Mostly Mennonite, Mostly Acapella,” as well as services at Park View Mennonite Church.
An encore broadcast of Mostly Mennonite, Mostly Acappella is featured Wednesdays at 8 p.m. This 90-minute program is hosted by EMU professor emeritus John Horst.
See the weekly WEMC broadcast schedule.
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WEMC is 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. In 2016, the station’s aging transmitter was replaced with a new one ensuring reliable extended service.
For communications majors and minors and other interested students, the radio station was a learning opportunity in decades past. Students, faculty and staff manned the airwaves for many years. WEMC’s mission was always to provide music, news, and information to the local community that celebrated 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 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Each station provides 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. EMU remains grateful to WMRA’s excellent and respectful management team for their guiding hand in the transition and in the years since.