WMUC Alumni include Connie Chung, Lisa Barrow of MPT, Dan Noyes of KGO-TV in San Francisco, and many others at ABC, NBC, CBS, Mutual, CNN, and hundreds of radio stations across the country.
1937 - CBS donated the equipment for the University of Maryland's radio station, and the Speech Department began offering coursework in radio broadcast--one of the first programs of its kind. WMUC goes on the air as a news and information station.
1943 - WMUC's studios were moved into a now non-existent dorm, but were soon disconnected when most of the staff joined the Armed Forces in World War II.
1947 - WMUC re-formed and took up residence in the Speech building. Three years later, WMUC moved to a shower stall in the basement of Calvert Hall, an all-male dorm. Female staff members had to sneak in.
1953 - WMUC made its first long-distance remote broadcast from Raleigh, NC covering Maryland's games in the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament. WMUC was relocated to the old Journalism building -- which is now a South Campus parking lot.
1958 - WMUC interviewed Louis Armstrong after his performance in Cole Field House. The Federal Communications Commission sent WMUC a letter stating that the station was broadcasting outside the allowed range, thereby violating FCC regulations. As a result the station was promptly shut down.
1963 - The University of Maryland's Capitol Improvement Committee supported the installation of a new carrier-current system to expand WMUC's broadcasting capabilities. Also, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System recognized WMUC with its All-American College Radio Station Award for a station whose listenership exceeds 5,000.
1964 - Bill Seaby, Paul Palmer, and Allen Batton (all WMUC volunteers) interviewed The Beatles in DC and managed to get John Lennon to read several promotional spots for WMUC (although Lennon was warned not to do so because it would show "favoritism".) The promos were used extensively until 1970 when the station's format changed from Top 40 to freeform. WMUC also interviewed Apollo astronaut Gus Grissom, members of Peter, Paul and Mary, Phyllis Diller, Chubby Checker, the Four Seasons, Jimmy Dean, Fats Domino, and Bill Cosby. The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System voted WMUC the #1 college radio station.
1973 – A new studio was constructed on the top floor of South Campus Dining Hall, where the station currently resides.
1975 - Four WMUC DJs (Seth Greenstein, Rich Hodge, Steve Mazurowski, and Greg Smith) set the World Collegiate Disc-Jockeying Record for 101 continuous hours of broadcasting.
1979 - After a five-year wait, the FCC finally granted WMUC a license to broadcast on FM at 88.1 MHz. The station also continued to broadcast throughout campus via carrier-current on AM 650.
1999 - WMUC management officially abandoned operation of AM 650. While AM existed, the station had two separate formats: top 40 on AM, and freeform on FM.
2002 - After a long run, the WMUC Alumni Association ceased regular meetings. Members remain in contact and invite fellow alumni to join in such contact.
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