On Saturday November 1, Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM celebrated its 35th anniversary. The radio station, which is owned and operated by the Greece Central School District, first went on air November 1, 1973 broadcasting from Greece Athena High School. WGMC began as a student run station, broadcasting only four and a half hours per day, and signing off on the weekends and during school holidays and recesses. Later that year, WGMC expanded to seven hours per day, and increased it’s on air hour time to nine hours a day one year later.
WGMC-FM eventually transitioned from being student run to a volunteer driven, full time jazz radio station in the 1980’s, and began raising funds to support itself, moving away from being funded by the school district. Now branded as “Jazz90.1” the station is one of less than 10 full time public jazz radio stations in the Country, and can be heard within a 50 mile radius of Greece New York, and online worldwide at http://www.jazz901.org/. Jazz90.1 spins artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and more, as well as jazz from new emerging artists of today.
Jazz90.1 also appeals to underserved communities, airing such shows as the Polka Bandstand Show, the Latin Essence, the German Radio Program, Pronto Italia, Lithuanian language Dainos Aidas and the Family Faith Radio Program.
For more information, including pictures and other information about Jazz90.1’s 35th anniversary, visit http://www.jazz901.org/.
Photos From Todd Blide and WGMC Archive