WRUV-FM: Freeform Alternative Radio

WRUV students manage an FCC-regulated radio staton with nearly 100 DJs, both students and non-students, ranging in age from 17 to 70.

On the air since 1955, WRUV boasts the largest music library in Vermont, with more than 30,000 CDs, an equal number of vinyl albums and a massive music database.

In 2012, the station won the title of top online music source among college radio stations during the international Soundtap Madness competition. In both 2014 and 2015, readers of the northern Vermont alt-weekly Seven Days named WRUV the area’s best college radio station. Our students have gone on to do amazing work in the media industry, starting with internships and then with careers in music or the wider media industry.

In my position as WRUV adviser, I’ve sought to cultivate an ethos of student-centered leadership. For long periods in WRUV’s history, some non-students assumed management of station operations. Today, WRUV’s students lead the way and set the station’s agenda. They train and manage not only students but Burlington-area DJs, some of whom have been at the station longer than the students have been alive.

Learn more about WRUV-FM at wruv.org.