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 covers the New York City metropolitan area including Long Island and Southern Connecticut. 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 1:03AM to 3:57PM Tuesday through Friday and continuously from 1:03AM Saturday to 3:57PM 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 Classic RetroRadio Oldies and other eclectic shows hosted by professional volunteers many of whom are musicians in their own right.
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 over 65,000 listeners weekly as measured in the Spring 2018 Nielsen ratings of the NYC Metro area. And, these numbers only reflect the listenership of HD1 (RetroRadio Oldies)
WFDU is proud to includeof its two new HD channels - HD2, which is called THE ECLECTIC WFDU and HD3, which is THE STUDENT STATION OF FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY. Tune in, you just might like it!
WFDU, The Right Place To Be.............Worldwide!
Latest from WFDU General Manager, Kenny O'Boyle
I hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy and managing okay during these unprecedented times.
I wanted to give you all an update, but unfortunately there is not much to update you on. The question I get more than any other from our staff and listeners is, “When will WFDU be able to resume normal, live programming?” Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to this question. Logically, I would have to assume that WFDU Staff will not be allowed back inside the station until the government stay at home restrictions are lifted. Who knows when that will be? Even when those restrictions are lifted, it’s still ultimately up to the university.
What can we do and what are we doing?
We are now accepting new material and recordings of past shows for our programs on HD2 and will begin airing those ASAP
I speak on behalf of the entire staff and I’m sure many of you too when I say we all can’t wait to return to normal. We all miss doing our shows and most of all, interacting with you! Please be patient. We all have to be.
I very much appreciate all of the listeners that have reached out via email, phone or Facebook. Overwhelmingly, the messages are positive and appreciative that WFDU is still on the air even in this limited capacity. It warms my heart to hear that WFDU can be a source of comfort during all of this.
If you would like to reach out with any comments, questions or concerns, please do.
Phone: 201-692-2806 (Leave a message)
Keep listening and thanks for supporting WFDU!