WRUC-FM is a college radio station owned by, and staffed by, the students of Union College
Union College
Union College is a private, non-denominational liberal arts college located in Schenectady, New York, United States. Founded in 1795, it was the first institution of higher learning chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In the 19th century, it became the "Mother of Fraternities", as...

 in Schenectady, New York
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. The 100-watt station broadcasts on (89.7 FM
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) and streams on Internet radio
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 at wruc.union.edu.. It is often referred to as "First Station in the Nation."


WRUC became the first student operated radio facility in the United States when it began broadcasting on October 14, 1920. The station is widely recognized as America's first college radio station,http://www.collegetoolkit.com/Colleges/Profile/196866.aspx. The New York Times noted in its April 25, 1921 edition that a broadcast by the Union College radio club could be heard 1,000 miles away. The paper also detailed one month later an experiment in which a baby being pushed in a carriage through Schenectady was able to receive a radio broadcast.

In 1920, the station was called 2ADD, the personal call letters of one of the members of the club at the time. The club has gone through numerous call letters including, "2XQ," "WRL," "UBS," and "UCRS."

The station previously aired on 640 AM and on 90.9 FM, before assuming its current dial position in the mid 1980s.

While some of these claims are disputed, station records indicate that it was the "first station in the nation", airing experimental content before Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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KDKA is a radio station licensed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Created by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation on November 2, 1920, it is one of the world's first modern radio stations , a distinction that has also been challenged by other stations, although it has claimed to be the first in...

. It is also believed to have aired one of the first sports broadcasts in the country.

The station currently operates regularly only when Union College is in session.

Among the station's most famous alumni is Dick Ferguson, the 2002 National Radio Award
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 winner, as named by the National Association of Broadcasters
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.http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/PressRel/RS2002/R0402.htm Ferguson retired as the Executive Vice President of Cox Radio
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in 2006.

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