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CityNew York, New York
Broadcast areaNew York metropolitan area
BrandingWNYU 89.1 FM
Frequency89.1 MHz
First air date1949
FormatRock music
ERP8,300 watts
HAAT78 metres (256 feet)
Facility ID48695
Transmitter coordinates40°51′26″N 73°54′48″W / 40.85722°N 73.91333°W / 40.85722; -73.91333Coordinates: 40°51′26″N 73°54′48″W / 40.85722°N 73.91333°W / 40.85722; -73.91333
Callsign meaningNew York University
OwnerNew York University

WNYU-FM (89.1 FM) is a College radio station owned and operated by New York University. Until 2004, it served lower Manhattan and surrounding areas, but thanks to a new booster, it now broadcasts to the New York metropolitan area. The station can be heard on 89.1 FM at 8,300 watts from 4p.m. until 1a.m. on weekdays, and on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at WNYU.org. The stream can also be found in iTunes Radio under the Eclectic genre.

WNYU is run entirely by university students. It plays a diverse array of music and encourages independent artists to submit their work for airplay. Their website features archives of aired shows, allowing listeners to tune into missed broadcasts.

The offices and studios are located at 5-11 University Place in Greenwich Village. WNYU's main transmitter is located at University Heights in the Bronx, the former location of NYU. Another transmitter is licensed as WNYU-FM1, a co-channel booster station located at University Plaza at the current campus 40°43′37″N 73°59′53″W / 40.72694°N 73.99806°W / 40.72694; -73.99806 (WNYU-FM1), and serving lower Manhattan where the main signal is blocked by the skyscrapers of upper Manhattan.

The frequency of 89.1 in the New York metropolitan area is actually reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the United Nations (to a maximum of 20 kW effective radiated power at up to 500 feet (152 m) HAAT, per 47 CFR §73.501 [1]. This is the only allotment in the country to be specified in the reserved band used by non-commercial educational stations. Because this was never used by the U.N., WNYU and WFDU were allowed to broadcast on it, on a shared-time basis.

Program History[edit]

WNYU has been home to "Plastic Tales from the Marshmallow Dimension" as well as the "New Afternoon Show" since 1980, when programmer Sal LoCurto, with the support of WNYU Station Manager, Vincent Montuori, flipped the format from progressive rock to new wave, creating a U.S. launching pad for an entire new generation of music including The Human League, Heaven 17, R.E.M., Public Image Ltd as well as NYC and Hoboken, New Jersey acts such as The dB's, The Fleshtones, The Bongos, Liquid Liquid, KONK, ESG, The Individuals and The Bush Tetras.

The original New Afternoon Show line-up included Gary Cee (now Senior VP of Programming at iHeartMedia in Sussex, New Jersey), Naomi Regelson, Michael "Pablo" Dugan, Sal LoCurto, and Evan "Funk" Davies. Brian "Weems" Williams replaced Gary Cee in 1981. Loscalzo (later of WPDH, WRCN-FM, WDRE, KROQ-FM and K-Rock/NY replaced Evan "Funk" Davies in 1982. Other New Afternoon Show DJs during the 80's included Hrynyszyn, Jon Fox, Anne Clark, Sylvia, and Hugh Foley.

The station broke ground by airing one of the first hardcore punk programs - "Noise! The Show" - with host (and future MTV veejay) Tim Sommer. A snippet of this show can be heard on the Beastie Boys collection "Some Old Bullshit". Following the success of "Noise! The Show", a similar punk and hardcore radio show called "Crucial Chaos" started in the late 1980s and was a staple of the NYHC scene. An infamous live set from the show with an on-air fight between members of Sick of it All and Born Against still exists and can be found on the internet. Crucial Chaos continues to this day, now in its 24th year and still features live sets and interviews from bands in the current hardcore scene.

Alec Baldwin was a frequent guest on short-lived comedy program "Comedy Hell" hosted by Max Keiser who would later go on to invent the Hollywood Stock Exchange and appear as a presenter on both Al Jazeera English and BBC World News. The show was co-hosted and produced by Loscalzo.

Notable Guests[edit]


Guest Name Year Show Title
Jonathan Richman 1980 Music View
Beastie Boys 1982 Noise The Show
Vaughan Mason 1987 Club 89
Damage 1987 -
The Altar Boys 1986 NAS
Drivin' and Cryin' 1987 NAS
The Heartbreakers 1984 -
Death of Samantha 1986 NAS
Alice Donut 1989 NAS
Dave Alvin 1987 Backroads
Flaming Lips 1986 NAS
Das Damen 1987 -
Blurt 1988 NAS
Kim Gordon 1986 -
Dead Kennedys 1985 NAS
Sonic Youth 1984 Music View
Devo 1988 Club 89
Suicidal Tendencies 1985 Music View
The Cure - -
Descendants 1986 -
Misfits 1981 Music View
Circle Jerks 1986 NAS
Social Distortion and Vandals 1986 Music View
The Smiths 1984 Music View
Ramones 1980/86 -
Dead Milkmen 1986 NAS
Frank Zappa - -
Nirvana - -
Yo La Tengo 1988 NAS
Swans - 1989


Guest Name Year Show Title
Apocalypse 1990 Crucial Chaos
Born Against 1991 Crucial Chaos
Eric Bogosian 1993 -
Smashing Pumpkins 1991 NAS
Henry Rollins 1990 NAS
Public Enemy - -
Sonic Youth 1990 NAS
LL Cool J - -
Norman Bates and the Showerheads 1990 Crucial Chaos
Billy Idol - -
GG Allin (Last Interview Ever) 1993 Club 89


Guest Name Year Show Title
Michael Hurley 2015 Shake Em on Down
Jay IDK 2016 Can I Kick It?
Jim Campilongo 2015 A-C-E
Nels Cline 2016 A-C-E
Bill Frisell 2016 A-C-E
Downtown Boys 2016 Crucial Chaos
Palberta 2017 Crucial Chaos
Free Cake For Every Creature 2017 NAS
Elliot Taylor 2017 Hannon
Mina Kimes 2017 The Far Sideline
Gong Gong Gong 2018 NAS
Eyes of Love 2018 NAS
Climax Landers 2018 NAS
Eyes of Love 2018 NAS
Tredici Bacci 2018 The Sound Between
Wolf Eyes 2019 Loving Hell Radio

Current management[edit]

WNYU's management is made up of students at the university. The management team for Fall 2019 is led by General Manager Nick Sawhney.

Position Management Member
General Manager Nick Sawhney
Program Director Kelly Drake
Business Director Liam McBain
Music Director Cindy Sharra
News Director Anna Van Dine
Net Director Ethan Sapir
Sports Director Matt Kovitz
Tech Director Amad Ansari
Engineering Director Tom Miritello
Archives Director Sam Hafferty
Associate Music Director Patrick Colabella
Associate Net Director Anna Moritz
Associate Sports Director Alex Hughes
Associate News Director Harrison Vijai Tsui
Publicity Director Katie Armstrong

Current programming[edit]

Current WNYU DJs include DJ Tim Sweeney, whom Time Out New York named "one of the most in-demand DJs in the city" in an April 2005 feature, spins dance classics and new electronic music on Beats In Space, Tuesday nights. The Village Voice facetiously called Beats In Space the "Best Radio Show for Hearing 'Disco Train' Several Times on Repeat" in their Best of 2005 issue.

"The Cheap Seats," a sports talk program. The show airs for one half-hour and aims to break down professional sports from a uniquely independent viewpoint, especially focusing on teams from the New York region. Listeners may call in and offer their own opinions on the air. The show is currently hosted by members of WNYU's News Department. Other past members include Kenny Albert (Fox), John Schmeelk (New York Giants), Aaron Goldhammer (ESPN Radio), Brook Silva-Braga (HBO), Jay Cowit (WNYC), and Sam Quinn (CBS Sports). Hosts often interview relevant figures from the world of sports. Past guests have included DeMaurice Smith, John Sterling, Kerry Rhodes, Satch Sanders, Ramses Barden and Stu Jackson. The show's forerunner was a live, call-in sports show,"Spotlight On Sports," created in 1978 and hosted by Lawrence Tarantino. The WNYU sports department also provides coverage of NYU men's and women's basketball.

"Tunnel One", which airs every Tuesday evening from 9:00pm to 10:30pm EST, is New York City's only weekly Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and foundation reggae & dancehall radio program. Begun circa 1997, and hosted by djMush1 (trumpet player/multi-instrumentalist, engineer, arranger, and producer, and formerly of the Slackers and Murphy's law, and currently of The Hungry March Band, The Scorchers, & Al Paragus record label and event space [home of When Dance Was Nice]), Tunnel One has featured live in-studio guests such as Junior Reid, Carlton Livingston, Clive Chin, Johnny Osbourne, Danny Dread (Stereo Mars/Volacano), Jah Wise (Tippatone), Tony Screw (Downbeat), Junior Cat, General Trees, Professor Nuts, Al Campbell, Brigadier Jerry, Monty Alexander, Welton Irie, Ranking Trevor, Ranking Joe, and many more.

WNYU legacy music shows include Shake Em On Down, Crucial Chaos, Hellhole, Bentwave, and Plastic Tales of the Marshmallow Dimension.

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