WMTS is the student-run radio station at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. We operate at 88.3 MHz in full stereo, broadcasting with 680 Watts. We have been on the air in some capacity since 1992.
WMTS provides the MTSU and Murfreesboro community with alternative music, news, and public affairs programming. Since WMTS is paid for and operated by the students of MTSU, the station has two main purposes:
1) To provide informational, cultural and alternative music programming to Middle Tennessee.
2) To train students for future broadcasting careers through the offering of hands on experience, training and internships
How interesting is the history of WMTS-FM. . .What you see and hear is a result of the fourth attempt by students to organize a student run radio station at MTSU. While our big brother WMOT employs students, some students felt left out and unrepresented. A group of students, led by Reza Bhakter, worked countless hours to get enough interest and authorization from the Student Government Association. We entered the ether in March of 1992 on cable channel 38 (the Housing and Residential Life Channel) from 8 PM to Midnight.
We were born as WNAR (We Need A Radio). Our signal then moved to MTSU Channel 8 on the local cable system...That happened in Fall 1992. During this time, we were working on receiving FCC approval for an FM license and a construction permit With help from WMOT in donation of tower space and a transmitter, we finally hit the FM band on 88.3 MHz in the Summer of 1995. Our old call sign WNAR was changed to WMTS that fall. 810 WMTS (now WAPB) in Murfreesboro donated the call letters to us. They felt the WMTS call sign fit MTSU's station better than theirs.
In August of 1995, we began normal operation at 200 watts. Since equipment and money was scarce at the time, our first year on the air was in mono. During the Christmas 1996 break, we went stereo with some of the most advanced processing in the Middle Tennessee area. That change increased our potential signal coverage and allowed us to sound like other FM stations in the area. Also, we went into a full 24 hour operation with a mix of automation and live personalities. WMTS now broadcasts at 680 watts.
WMTS started out with a small group of people wanting to create a voice for the students of MTSU. We are continuing with that mission; to provide a voice for MTSU.
Are you a business wanting to do underwriting on WMTS? Or are you an avid listener who wishes to support our efforts in bringing quality programming to you? Drop us a line below and we'll contact you ASAP.