- Noah Hiles ’17
- Hometown: Burgettstown, PA
- Major: Communication
Since I was 12 years old, I have wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Within three weeks of being on campus, I was on the radio doing sideline reports for the best D3 football team in the nation.
WRMU 91.1 FM is a non-commercial, educational radio station licensed to the Mount Union Board of Trustees. WRMU is a learning tool and lab for the students of Mount Union. Students Operate the station as a public service to the Mount Union campus and area communities.The broadcast station is professionally managed.The mission of each individual at WRMU is to provide quality and service to the Mount Union campus and area communities.
WRMU has an effective radiated power of 2,800 watts. The air signal covers approximately a 20 to 25 mile radius from the campus. Its primary signal reaches one million potential listeners. The station broadcasts broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. WRMU is a member of the National Association of College Broadcasters. Broadcasting is a fascinating and ever-changing field with job opportunities in many different areas.The training in audio production one receives at the station will be useful in more than just radio broadcasting.The skills developed at WRMU can be used in TV or film productions, multi-media presentations, theater productions, public relations work, speeches and just about anywhere audio sills are used.The more skills one acquires the more doors that will be open after graduation.
How did Mount Union get a radio station?
Mount Union's radio station was born January 10, 1966 by a group of Mount Union students. It started as a carrier current station using Mount Union's power lines to reach the residence halls. The original station contained one studio in the basement of Miller Hall. WRMU continued as a campus-only station until October 17, 1970 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the institution a license for WRMU to become a full-fledged FM station with the frequency 91.1. During the 70's the station featured a mix of jazz, blues, classical and rock music. The station also began to broadcast Mount Union football and basketball games.
From the basement of Miller Hall, the radio station moved to new quarters on the second floor of Memorial Hall in 1983. The station grew from two studios to a total of four. A year later in 1984, the station began broadcasting in stereo. In May of 1996, the station moved into its new and current home in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, where visitors can watch air talent through windows in the on-air studio. Throughout the station's history Mount Union students have worked to provide the community and campus with the best programming possible. WRMU currently features jazz during the week and "oldies" during the weekend.