History of WMRE
WMRE began as a low-budget idea in 1983, with call letters WEMO. In 1985 students began the laborious task of creating a modern radio station at Emory. After four years of persistent effort, on January 20, 1989, Emory's student operated radio station, WMRE, the Voice of Emory, began broadcasting.
At first, WMRE was carried through a carrier current system throughout the university. The signal was only available to on-campus listeners, and was broadcast over the 590AM. Due to neglect and maintenance problems, the cable connection deteriorated, and 590AM was soon nothing but a faint buzz through the speakers.
Soon thereafter, WMRE began broadcasting on Emory University's Cable System. Although once again WMRE was only available to listeners on campus, it breathed new life into the station.
On September 30, 1998, due to a dedicated staff, WMRE began broadcasting on the Internet through RealAudio and RealVideo. Today, WMRE enjoys a worldwide audience, and can be heard, and viewed via a web-cam at www.wmre.fm and on the Emory Campus Cable channel 26.
In the Fall of 2008, WMRE made its long awaited move from the cramped, unventilated studio in the basement of Longstreet Hall to its spacious home on the fifth floor of Dobbs University Center.
With the new location, the station has brought new technological possibilities. Though it still broadcasts video via the Emory Cable system or www.wmre.fm website, WMRE has made efforts to raise the bar in term s of quality. New state-of-the-art sound equipment replaces the outdated . They have also expanded the their streaming options to include MP3 and Quicktime. In addition, the station has implemented a new archiving process that will allow repeats during the late hours of programming for the otherwise live radio shows.
WMRE is also in the process of creating a more interactive website where you can visit show pages and find out more information about your favorite DJ. There, you will find a continuously updated photo gallery as we ll as interviews with local bands.
In addition, WMRE has upped the ante with special programming. In addition to the annual Halloween and Valentine’s Day extravaganzas, the station has expanded to include new thematic spins on programming to include more genre-specific shows such as the Latin flavored Radio Reloj with Aida Curtis or concept shows such as Proper Nouns with Chelsea Douglas and Jamie Nussbaum.
WMRE is by no means void of its kinks. But hopefully the welcomed changes it continues to implement will help bring WMRE greater visibility among students in the Emory community.
The Future of WMRE
WMRE prides itself in bringing up-and-coming artists to Emory just months before they gain widespread recognition. Acts we've brought to campus in the last 5 years include Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Kool Keith, Jump Little Children, Mastodon, Elf Power, The Whigs, The Selmenaires, The Fiery Furnaces, and Dios Malos.
The station is currently in the process of adding exciting new features. WMRE is expanding to mp3 and Quicktime formats for its live stream and on-demand archived shows are also in the works.
WMRE In The News
Concert to Feature Ghostface
Rumored Ghostface Killah concert at Emory! Check back for more details!
Emory Wheel, 04.04.08
Local Artists Spit Rhymes, Shed Clothing at Concert
WMRE brings Judi Chicago and One Hand Loves the Other to the Faculty Dining Room
Emory Wheel, 12.07.07
Watch Out, Hot Chip Will Hurt You
WMRE brings Hot Chip to Emory
Emory Wheel, 04.20.07
Locals Fest: bringin' it all back home
WMRE brings A Fir Ju Well, The Whigs, The Selmenaires, and God's America to Emory
Emory Wheel, 11.11.05
Fanning the flames with the Fiery Furnaces
WMRE brings the Fiery Furnaces and Dios Malos to the MGM Theater
Emory Wheel, 04.15.05
Hanson tries to win back fame at Emory
Emory Wheel, 03.04.05
Local artists rock campus at 3-stage festival
WMRE hosts Elf Power, Untied States, Blame Game, and others Emory Wheel, 11.12.04
Underground music literally under the ground
Emory Wheel, 10.26.04
Ex-Dispatch member sounds off on music, politics
Emory Wheel, 10.01.04