WNRB Wausau’s Community Radio

An important community resource is almost a year old now. It was just over a year ago that WNRB started soliciting volunteers to produce program and help out at the station. Many people answered that call, and now WNRB hosts a variety show produced by real people in our community.

I am a volunteer at WNRB, a LPFM station sponsored by Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. The college has been absolutely wonderful to us and put us light years ahead of where we would be if we were simply a community group using our own resources to put things together. They have provided space, equipment, pull in the community and most importantly a full time employee, Dino, our Bossman.

After giving the station all of those resources they have basically given the station back to the community. WNRB is a very eclectic station with a wide range of informational and musical shows. We carry programming in three languages, English, Hmong and Spanish. Musical styles range from the blues to classical. We have informational programming on health, finances, the environment and world news. WNRB is all over the map, and we like it that way.

Here is a link to our homepage. At the moment the homepage is a little bit staid and out of date, but we are working on a new, dynamic content management system that will allow each show to have a blog and those blogs to all be linked together. Should be quite nifty when it is complete.

You can listen to WNRB live on the web. Yet another service that Northcentral Technical College provides for the station. We said we would like to stream on the internet and they said “sure” and within a week had installed the software and hardware necessary. The stream is a wonderful sounding 128K stream (not so good if you are on dial-up, I am afraid). I am told that in one month we have had over 3000 unique hits on the stream, which is quite amazing.

In addition to our “official” website we do maintain a blog, where we post station information and sometimes show notes.

In a bit of shameless self promotion I will say that I produce and host two shows on WNRB. The first is an enivironmental newsmagazine called “Earthtones” which airs from 10 am to noon (Central US time) on Wednesdays. The second is something completely different. “Slap Happy!” is a music show where I play songs which I hope will slap a silly grin on your face. The Slap Happy! playlists are posted here each week.


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