WUSO 89.1 FM The Berg has had a long and glorious history here at Wittenberg University. From its humble beginnings, WUSO has always been and will always be entirely student-run, with elections for student Executive Positions every year. Our first broadcast was on February 20th, 1966, from our old station location in the basement of Hemma Hall. Now in our 45th year of operation, WUSO still prides itself in bringing new, independent music to Wittenberg and the surrounding Springfield community.
Former WUSO staff member Mark Elliott had this to add about the early history of WUSO: “WUSO remained on the air during the seventies, even after an organized Witt faculty effort to shut it down. With the tower so close to faculty housing, WUSO’s signal interfered with the reception of Channel 6 on many a Witt prof’s TV. Luckily, the administration recognized the value of student broadcasting and allowed WUSO (with some minor transmitter tweaking) to continue on the air.”
WUSO spent many wonderful years at its first location; however, in 1996, it moved to its current underground location in the basement of Firestine Hall. With 3 music production booths, a music library, a technician’s office, an executive office, and its own bathroom, WUSO is one of the largest non-academic locations on campus!
In late 2005, WUSO installed a new 120-watt transmittor to replace the old 10-watt transmittor. This increased WUSO’s broadcast range by a whopping 128 times to a 15-mile radius!
Now, WUSO can be heard on 89.1, or online with the “Listen Live” feature. Anyone can listen to WUSO at any time from any computer connected to the Internet!