WFDU(FM) began broadcasting to the New York Metropolitan area in August of 1971 as a result of a concerted effort for its establishment by the administration of Fairleigh Dickinson University and enthusiastic FDU students. Following negotiations with New York University and the Federal Communications Commission, an agreement was reached for the two Universities to share the 89.1 dial position on the FM band.
The station’s broadcast signal has a 50 mile radius of its transmitter which is located within the historic Armstrong Field Lab in Alpine, New Jersey. The AFL is the site of the world’s first FM station, W2XMN, built by the creator of FM technology, Major Edwin Howard Armstrong. WFDU-FM's range is spread over a 50 mile radius around the Alpine tower covering the New York City metropolitan area. And, with an increase in antenna height and the power rise to 3000 kW, WFDU-FM will have a potential reach to 8.2 million people.
While WFDU(FM) and WNYU share the 89.1 location on the dial, each station maintains separate transmitter and studio facilities as well as discrete programming and personnel.
WFDU(FM) is on the air at 89.1MHz in the NYC metro area from 1:15AM to 3:45PM Tuesday through Friday and continuously from 1:15AM Saturday to 3:45PM Monday. WFDU(FM) streams audio over the internet at all times featuring many internet based shows highlighting a variety of music genres. The audio is available on our website "LISTEN" links, iHeartRadio, itunes Radio, TuneIn.com, Streema.com on all regular computers with streaming capabilities as well as all the mobile devices posted on the station website (free apps available for downloading).
The mission of WFDU(FM) is to provide eclectic music programs, serve the public interest, and promote good will for Fairleigh Dickinson University. These objectives are met through thoughtful music entertainment shows which feature Blues, R&B/Soul/Funk, Country, Americana, Gospel, Salsa, Bluegrass, Polka, and Vocal Harmonies hosted by professional volunteers many of whom are musicians in their own right.
WFDU(FM)’s preservation and promulgation of eclectic music forms has been lauded by The Blues Foundation with their Keeping The Blues Alive award. The station has encouraged and supported live musical performance through its sponsorship of concerts in large venues as well as intimate broadcast environments such as the station’s Studio C.
For the first time since 1971, WFDU is proud to be broadcasting 24/7 on all of our audio streaming platforms with exciting new programming.
The listenership at WFDU-FM (on air and internet) reaches 2.5 million people annually. And, these numbers only reflect the listenership of HD1 (The Essential WFDU)
WFDU is proud to announce the launch of its two new HD channels - HD2, which is called Jazz & What's More (Jazz music) and HD3, which is called Masterworks (for Classical music). Tune in, you just might like it!
WFDU, The Right Place To Be.............Worldwide!