WFMU’s Jersey City transmitter is back on-air

By Andrew Lapin

After sustaining damage to its studio and transmitters from Superstorm Sandy, independent freeform music station WFMU has resumed broadcasts on 91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ. The station announced Nov. 5 via its website and Facebook page that its 91.1 FM transmitter is back on the air; it had resumed webcasts on wfmu.org shortly after the storm. A transmitter licensed to 90.1 FM in Mt. Hope, N.Y., which also went dark during the storm, is still silent.

WFMU launched “Hell and High Water,” an online campaign to raise funds for repairs to its electrical systems and equipment. The annual WFMU Record Fair, one of its biggest money-making events of the year, was cancelled because of the storm. WFMU, a community broadcaster that relies on volunteer deejays, received $148,347 in CPB funding in fiscal 2011, most of it through a community service grant.

For more on WFMU and the efforts of other East Coast public broadcasters to continue broadcasting during and after the storm, see Current‘s earlier story.

Updated 11/7/12: An earlier version of this article inaccurately stated WFMU receives no CPB funding. This has been corrected.
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