Dartmouth sells FM station and moves all shows online


HANOVER, NH (AP) – Dartmouth College is selling its FM radio station, which means that for the first time since at least 1958, the college will not broadcast on AM or FM frequencies.

Selling the school’s FM radio show called 99Rock on WFRD-FM could take up to a year, says Valley News reported the Saturday.

WFRD-FM was operating at a loss, Dartmouth spokesperson Diana Lawrence told the newspaper, and the school decided it was not “fiscally prudent or sustainable to continue to operate the station.”

The sale of the FM station will also result in the elimination of the station’s last employee.

The Federal Communications Commission first granted Dartmouth a commercial license for its AM frequency in 1958, and that station, WDCR-AM, ceased broadcasting and went online in 2008. Students will continue to produce programming from online radio after the sale of the FM station, the college mentioned.

The proceeds from the sale will support the ongoing work of Dartmouth Broadcasting, which is the student umbrella organization that oversaw AM and FM stations, the school said.

Former NBC News correspondent Bob Hager was a college student who started working on WFRD-FM where he remembers broadcasting a basketball game in Dartmouth from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I learned to write and write quickly within the allotted time,” he told the newspaper, attributing the experience to shaping his career.

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