Northwestern’s student-run radio station, WNUR 89.3, turns 72 this year. In spring 1950 the station began broadcasting using a 10-watt transmitter with a range of 5 to 7 miles beyond Northwestern’s campus. By 1975 WNUR had acquired a 7,200-watt transmitter, extending its reach to a wider Chicago-area audience.
In the early 1970s WNUR introduced groundbreaking programming through “Fillet of Soul” and “BlackNUss,” shows that celebrated Black culture and provided outlets for discussion. In 1972 the station hosted a discussion on race relations at Northwestern; jazz and funk music shows, such as “Love from the Sun”; and news and information programs, such as “Third World Report.” Today the station serves as a forum for underrepresented music and ideas while offering students the chance to hone their broadcasting skills.