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City of license Geneseo, New York
Broadcast area Geneseo, New York, Genesee Valley
Branding The Revolution
Frequency 89.3 MHz
First air date 1960s
Format Alternative music
ERP 1.80 kw
Class A
Callsign meaning W Geneseo State University
Website Official website

WGSU is an FM radio station located at 89.3 MHz and broadcasting from Geneseo, New York, USA. The station is located on the campus of the State University of New York at Geneseo and is run and staffed primarily by the students of the college.

In the early 1970s, WGSU was one of the most progressive radio stations in the country. Imagine hearing Bessie Smith followed by Erik Satie followed by a spoken word artist followed by Sun Ra with some Firesign Theater tracks and some Hungarian folk music. The format, brilliantly developed and executed by John Davlin, was known as a "continuum." Alumni of this era went on to be music and program directors of commercial stations, a TV news anchorman, and a manager of a college radio station.

After Davlin's departure in 1976, WGSU continued to operate with a dedicated staff of student managers and programmers, providing the western New York region with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues, World music (referred to at the time as "ethnic") and a smattering of classical music. A typical program during that period could include such diverse artists as Pat Metheny, Bruce Cockburn, Karla Bonoff, Clifton Chenier, Thelonious Monk, Gentle Giant, Patti Smith and Captain Beefheart.

WGSU rode the first rumblings of the New Wave in the mid 1970s, featuring musicians like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello and Devo before they gained nationwide attention.

Despite having an antenna measured at only three meters (9.84 feet) above surrounding terrain, WGSU's signal occasionally reached as far as Toronto, according to listeners' letters.


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