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WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States.
The station also broadcasts to the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills in New York, Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania via its 90.1 signal at WXHD in Mount Hope, NY. The station maintains an extensive online presence at WFMU.ORG which includes live audio streaming in several formats, over 8 years of audio archives, podcasts and a popular blog.
Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, CMJ and the New York Press have all at one time or another called WFMU "the best radio station in the country" and the station has also been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times and on the BBC. In recent years the station has gained a large international following due to its online operations and counts Simpson's creator Matt Groening, film director Jim Jarmusch and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed, among others, as devoted fans of the station.
WFMU's programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.
All of the station's programming is controlled by individual DJs and is not beholden to any type of station-wide playlist or rotation schedule. Experimentation, spontaneity and humor are among the station's most frequently noted distinguishing traits. WFMU does not belong to any existing public radio network, and close to 100% of its programming originates at the station.
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cheyenne_h on 08/21/2015 at 04:32PM
Ever wanted to see if that set by that one band that did the song you really liked on WFMU... was available for free to download from the Free Music Archive?
If you can remember whose show it was on, we've made things a little easier for you! Our volunteers have been working diligently to put together these fine collections, organized by DJ/show.
100% Whatever with Mary Wing
Acousmatic Theater Hour with Jason G and Karinne
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Acapulco Dance Party
Antique Phonograph Music Program
The Avant Ghetto with Jeff Conklin
Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate
Beastin' The Airwaves with Keili
Benjamen Walker's Show
Best Show on WFMU
Blurred & Obscured with Jonathan Herweg
Bob W.'s Show
Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan
Brian Turner's Show
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Choking on Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Daniel Blumin's Show
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Day for Night with Maria Levitsky
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Distort Jersey City
Ephemeral Riffage with Cheyenne
Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Evan Muse's Show
Flour Hour with DJ Large Margin
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Frank Balesteri's Show (Vanilla Bean)
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
Gateway to Joy with Donna
Hello Children with Faye
Honky Tonk Radio Girl with Becky
Imaginary Radio with Chris M
Inner Ear Detour with David
Irene Trudel's Show
Janitor From Mars with R. Lim
John Allen's Show
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Krys O's Show
Live At The Stork Club with Stork
Liz Berg's Show
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Marty McSorley's Show
Michael Shelley's Show
Mike L.'s Show
Miniature Minotaurs/Brother Lucy Show with Kurt Gottschalk
Minor Music with Jesse Krakow
Monty Hall (venue)
Music to Spazz by with Dave the Spazz
My Castle of Quiet with Wm Berger
Night People with Dave & Andy
Noise and Syrup with Jeff M
Optical Sound with Mike Sin
Pat Byrne (Redundancy Radio, Prove it All Night)
Pat Duncan's Show
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Reggae Schoolroom with Jeff Sarge
Rhubarb Cake with Douglas
Scott Williams' Show
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Solid Gold Hell with Sue P
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B
Sound and Safe with Trent
Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Show
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Undancing in the Dirt with Thomas Storck
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Your Host Bobby's Show
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
wmmberger on 04/21/2014 at 05:39PM
The concentrated joy of this set by Future Death Toll is its own reward. Fresh off of tour, the band sounded a-frickin'-mazing, and I was immediately confronted with a familiar feeling, of "O, Lucky Man!" ...I dig deep into the underground, bobbing for those most-artistic of apples, and this time came up with the OUTSTANDING sounds of FUTURE DEATH TOLL!!! Indeed, I am fortunate, to have this incredible OUTLET wherein I can extend invitations to artists such as these, and they just show up and play! Sit in that Studio B chair sometime, and you'll begin to understand how good the years of MCoQ weekly broadcasts have been to me, and my colleagues at the station, and to WFMU's devoted listeners. The kiss of WFMU is GOLDEN, and I need to remember to utilize this opportunity, in order to bestow upon all who care the rareified talents of artists like these.
Based on a barely labeled cassette tape I had received a long time ago, different from this set (more "home studio," obviously), I knew this band would make good use of the opportunity for a live radio set, and I was not disappointed. Though the tape is generally "lighter," as might be expected, as well as more song-oriented, F-DT do a lot of different things, and as with Slasher Risk before them (see this set from 2010), the variety of their capabilities just meant that playing live on the radio revealed another layer. They were noisy, dense and intense, but not entirely free-form, with themes that arose, dominated and then dissipated, as you will hear.
Though I did not have a pile of hard releases to muse over and absorb, there's quite a lot posted online, both to the band's Web site, and their YouTube page, and I've been at this long enough, that I knew for certain that F-DT's radio set would not disappoint, and it went far beyond that, into dazzling territory, rousing a hearty, enthusiastic response from Castleheads on our playlist comments.
So sit back, listen and enjoy. Massive props to engineer Juan Aboites for applying his considerable and diverse talents to making Future Death Toll radio-ready; whatever I throw at him, he makes the very best of it, rising to every challenge. Thanks also to Tracy Widdess for again making excellent, memorable photo art from my on-the-quick iPhone band captures.