Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
|WTUR, a student-run radio station, began broadcasting in the fall of 1967 using funds left over from WTCR, an on campus radio station and student organization that had disbanded in 1961.|
WTUR began as an AM station operating out of a room in . The station offered not only news and discussion forums, but also popular music, including progressive rock, jazz, blues, and soul. WTUR even broadcast Ex-College jazz classes so that students could miss class and still hear the lectures. The station also broadcast a widely publicized debate between pro-ROTC and anti-ROTC activists on campus during the effort to remove the ROTC from Tufts.
During the snowstorm season of 1968, broadcasters holed up in twenty-four hours a day, updating class schedules and giving weather warnings. During the same year, WTUR also began re-broadcasting WBCN programming during its off hours.
WTUR expanded its capabilities in the spring of 1969. After university funding helped build a new $8,000 studio, WTUR officially moved into the new studio and to a new dial position; 88.3 FM. The station disbanded and ceased transmission in 1971. A new station, WMFO, began using the studio, and as of 2001 continues to broadcast from .
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