Community radio station in Orland celebrates 25th anniversary

7:29 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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ORLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Wednesday marked the silver anniversary for a well known community radio station in Maine.

WERU 89.9 FM and 99.9 FM is one of the few stations here in the state supported, staffed and owned by the public. The station first went on the air back in 1988 thanks to the support of several people, including musician Paul Stookey of 'Peter Paul and Mary' fame.

Presently the station continues to be supported by many volunteers. Nearly 300 of them do everything from hosting shows on the air to managing station campaigns. Station directors say programming is now reaching listeners up the coast of Maine and worldwide through the station's website.

"Over the air and and over the internet there's a lot of people who have connections to Maine...who have lived through here or have passed through here who can listen and be part of the community in that way," said Matt Murphy, who has been the general manager at WERU for the last 13 years.

Station directors say that they're always looking for more volunteers to help with station projects. They even teach many of those volunteers how to become DJs.


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