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City of license Hamilton, NY
Broadcast area Central New York
Frequency 90.1 FM
First air date 1951 - Present
Format Multi-format, freeform
ERP 1.9 kW
Class A
Callsign meaning W Radio Colgate University
Affiliations WRVO
Owner Colgate University
Webcast Listen now!

WRCU-FM (90.1 FM) is Colgate University's student-run radio station. It is located in Hamilton, NY, and broadcasts a wide variety of music to the central New York region.



Like many college radio stations, WRCU's main format is freeform, specializing in independent rock music, jazz, hip-hop, and world music. However, the station also has a large variety of specialty show formats, covering genres from metal to Celtic music. WRCU also has a handful of talk shows, covering sports and politics.

When the station is not on the air, late at night and during school breaks, it simulcasts WRVO, the local NPR affiliate.


According to alumni, the first movement for radio at Colgate was in 1913, where the "Radio Club of Colgate" was formed by students who were interested in communications.[1] The station started in the 1950s by a handful of students who were merely tinkering with random parts. They began broadcasting through carrier current on the campus under the call letters WCU. The station eventually shifted to AM before acquiring a license from the FCC to broadcast as an FM station, and changed its call letters to WRCU.

Famous Alumni


  1. ^ Hubbard, John D. "WRCU, the first station in the '90s", The Colgate Scene, March 1997. Accessed 2007.06.20.

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