WWUH was formulated in 1966
by a small group of University of Hartford students under the leadership of student Clark
Smidt. This group convinced their fellow students and the school administration that the
University should have its own radio station. Once given the go ahead, they soon learned
that starting a new radio station was a formidable task which required detailed
engineering studies, a license from the FCC, the raising of funds and building of studios.
With the help of the school faculty, the "Clark
Schmidt" group requested and received a substantial grant from the family of the late
Louis K. Roth and the donation of a transmitter from WTIC radio. After two years of hard
work, WWUH became a reality and signed on the air at 4:05 PM on the afternoon of July 15,
WWUH was the first stereo educational station in New England, and
one of the strongest in the region. In those early years, WWUHs studios, transmitter
and antenna were located in and on top of the Gengras Student Union, where the studios
remained for the next 21 years.
WWUH was the first station in Connecticut to broadcast daily a
"progressive rock" program, from 12 midnight til 3 AM called "The Gothic
Blimp Works" which you can still hear to this day. In the first 18 months of
broadcasting, the stations dedicated volunteer staff expanded the broadcast schedule
from 6 hours a day in 1968 to 24 hours a day in 1970. Listeners to the station during
those early years were able to hear an eclectic mix of progressive rock, jazz, folk and
classical music, as well as news and public affairs programs.
Over the years, the station programming and technical facilities
grew. By moving the transmitter from the campus location to high atop Avon mountain, the
station was able to greatly extend its broadcasting reach. In 1989 the studios and offices
were moved from the third floor of the Gengras Student Union to the east wing of the Harry
Jack Gray Center. The new facilities included space for additional studios and a recording
control room which has facilitated many live broadcasts, concerts and our CD recordings.
Currently, WWUH has a reputation for being one of the top jazz,
folk and alternative rock stations in the country. The station has developed an
outstanding lineup of weekly musical programming, including approximately 26 hours of
classical, 19 hours of folk and bluegrass, 30 hours of jazz, 9 hours of oldies, 65 hours
of alternative broadcasts including: progressive rock, urban, Indian, West Indian, reggae,
Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, blues, polka, world and ambient music. In addition WWUH
continues to offer an interesting mix of public affairs and news programs, recently adding
a dish to receive Pacifica programming via satellite for rebroadcast.
Today, WWUH studios are filled with state-of-the art broadcast
equipment - better than that of many commercial stations in Connecticut. Record and
compact disc libraries hold over 77,000 titles, one of the largest in the country. WWUH
announcers, numbering over 70, are all highly motivated and well trained volunteers
committed to broadcasting the best music programming and spoken word in alternative radio.
The WWUH listening audience is furiously loyal as we witness each year at fundraising time
when the station always manages to exceed its financial goals.
From the beginning of WWUHs broadcasting start in 1968 to
the present, the stations mission has been to serve the public and the University of
Hartford through the continuous broadcast of quality, non-commercial, alternative music
and public affairs programming while adhering to the rules and regulations of the Federal
As we look back on these years of broadcasting and celebrate this
30 year milestone, we are confident of our ability to provide many more years of quality
broadcasting for the enjoyment of our listening audience as well as our staff and station