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WFUV (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to New York City. The station is owned by Fordham University, with studios on its Bronx campus and its antenna atop nearby Montefiore Medical Center. WFUV first went on the air in 1947. Its on-air staff has included radio veterans Dennis Elsas, Vin Scelsa and Pete Fornatale.

WFUV broadcasts in HD.[1]


The station is a National Public Radio affiliate. It had been a 3,500-watt station from its inception until February 21, 1969, when its effective radiated power was increased to 50,000 watts. It began broadcasting in stereo on March 31, 1973.[2] It serves over 350,000 listeners[] weekly in the New York area and thousands more worldwide on the Web ( The station is known for its adult album alternative format (a mix of adult rock, singer-songwriters, world and other music, formerly branded as "City Folk"), as well as Celtic music. Other programs include genres such as folk music and early pop and jazz. National programs heard on WFUV include World Cafe, American Routes, Mountain Stage and The Thistle & Shamrock.

The station's call letters stand for "Fordham University's Voice." Though operated as a professional public radio station, WFUV's mission also includes a strong training component for Fordham students. Students receive intensive instruction and are heard on the air in news and sports programming.

In-studio interviews and performances are also a prominent feature of its programming. On-air guests have included Radio Hall of Famer Arthur Godfrey (in 1947), Pete Hamill, Steve Buscemi, Tim Robbins, The Jefferson Airplane, The Association, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn, The Washington Squares, Suzanne Vega, Jimmy Webb, Peter, Paul & Mary, Cyndi Lauper, Sting, Bo Diddley, Judy Collins, Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, Robert Klein, Kevin Bacon, Dick Cavett, Glen Campbell, Ringo Starr, Joshua Bell, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Robbie Robertson, Los Lobos, Tony Bennett, John Zacherle, The Bad Plus, Buddy Guy, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, The Polyphonic Spree, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Richard Barone, The Decemberists, Moby, Uncle Tupelo, Josh Ritter, Neil Young, Of Monsters and Men, Mavis Staples, Brian Fallon, and Norah Jones (in her radio debut). WFUV has introduced many other new artists over the years.


Daily rock music programming was begun in February 1970 by then Program Director Lew Goodman. Prior to that, the programming was a mix of classical, popular and ethnic music, including Bill Shibilski's Polka Party, which was broadcast from 1964 till 2001, and Fordham University sports broadcasts. Many chamber music and piano recitals were broadcast live from now-defunct Studio B in the 1950s. The station also broadcast a long-running series of live Sunday classical broadcasts from The Ethical Culture Society in Manhattan.

WFUV was on the verge of going off the air in September 1968, due to budgetary cuts by the university, but the student-staff went on strike and organized rallies and demonstrations to save the station. WFUV has been a public radio station since 1988.

In May 1994, Fordham started building a 480-foot-tall (150 m) transmission tower for WFUV on its Rose Hill campus, directly across from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)'s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.[3] The NYBG, which did not know about the tower's construction, subsequently requested that construction of the tower be halted.[4] Construction was delayed for several months before the New York City Department of Buildings ruled that the tower could be built 25 feet (7.6 m) away from its originally proposed location.[5] Both the NYBG and Fordham disagreed with the proposed compromise, however.[6] In 1997, the FCC ruled that the tower would negatively affect the NYBG if it were finished,[7] but a New York state court upheld the legality of the tower.[8] In 2002, Montefiore Medical Center offered to move WFUV's antenna to its own facilities on Gun Hill Road, one of the highest locations in the Bronx, which Fordham agreed to. Fordham subsequently announced in 2004 that it intended to destroy the half-built tower on Rose Hill.[9] In 2005 the studios, offices, and transmitter moved from the third floor of Keating Hall on Fordham's Rose Hill campus to Keating Hall's basement. The move allowed the station to improve its equipment and gain more space. Its antenna was moved in 2006 from the unfinished Rose Hill Tower to atop Montefiore Medical Center, and the unfinished tower was demolished.[10]

Notable former staff

Former student staff

WFUV's rock music shows were formerly hosted by Fordham students, most notably Pete Fornatale, whose first show began in November 1964, when he was a sophomore and who returned to WFUV in 2001 after a 30-year hiatus, remaining until his 2012 death. Other alumni include,

News department alumni are/were heard on many stations and networks nationally. These include,

The sports department has produced several notable alumni, most notably, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers announcer and Baseball Hall of Famer Vin Scully who helped found WFUV. Other alumni include,

Former professional staff

Notable past-staff at WFUV include DJs Pete Fornatale and Vin Scelsa. Alan Light, former editor-in-chief of music magazines Vibe and Spin and music critic at the New York Times was an on-air contributor and music critic during the mid-2000s at WFUV. Radio announcer Marty Glickman instructed students in the sports department after his retirement. Glickman was the radio announcer of the New York Knicks, New York Giants, and New York Jets and the subject of the Martin Scorsese-produced 2013 HBO documentary film Glickman.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Alvarez, Lizette (1996-11-03). "Fordham and Garden Renew Tower Dispute". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Dunlap, David W. (1994-07-06). "A Tower Pits Fordham vs. Botanical Garden". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Barron, James (1994-11-18). "Bronx Tower Can Rise, But a Little to the Right". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Nossiter, Adam (1995-06-15). "Fordham Radio Tower Ruling Satisfies No One". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Finder, Alan (1997-05-24). "F.C.C. Staff Says Tower Would Harm Bronx Garden". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Hernandez, Raymond (1998-04-03). "Ruling Upholds Legality of Fordham Radio Tower". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Elliott, Andrea (2004-05-14). "Deal Would End 10-Year Feud on Fordham's Radio Tower". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Ramirez, Anthony (2006-04-29). "Radio Tower in Bronx Falls; Botanical Garden Hears It, Happily". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .

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