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Posted on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 : 11:46 a.m.

U-M's student radio station, WCBN, seeks listener testimonials for funding petitions

By Jenn McKee

The Federal Communications Commission recently granted WCBN-FM — the University of Michigan's nearly 40-year-old, not-for-profit, student-run radio station — the opportunity increase its power from 200 watts to 3,000 watts.

But in order to take advantage of this, WCBN must purchase a new transmitter and antenna (the station has received quotes in the range of $20,000-$80,000 for each, plus the cost of installation), and the FCC has provided WCBN with a window of 3 years to make the change.

To this end, WCBN is now seeking listener testimonials, which will be used to petition for support from the university and other student organization umbrella groups.

Listeners may submit a message regarding their feelings about the station, and the role it plays in their lives, to; or mail it to WCBN, 530 Student Activities Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316; or leave a voicemail at 734-418-8420.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.