WMFO broadcasts from the Tufts University Medford/Somerville Campus and our FCC “City of License” is Medford, Massachusetts. Our signal is 91.5 MHz on the FM band, and our coverage area is bordered by Melrose to the north, Allston & Back Bay to the south, Watertown to the west and out over the Atlantic Ocean to the east. (See coverage maps) Originally WMFO was a 10 watt “Class D” (refers to the FCC license) station but in 1979 the FCC discontinued “Class D” licenses so a power upgrade to a 125-watt “Class A” license was applied for and granted.
WMFO is staffed by a mix of Tufts students and local community volunteers. Students manage the station with the assistance of a faculty advisor and appointed volunteers. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year (barring local weather emergencies – we do get the occasional blizzard here!)
WMFO signed for the first time in January 1970, from the second floor of Curtis Hall (today WMFO is on the third floor) on the Tufts Medford campus. The first song was “Here Comes the Sun” from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, played in all its glory on vinyl at 33 1/3 RPM.