The annual WCBN fundraiser starts Thursday, February 9th! It's your chance to show that you appreciate the work of our all-volunteer staff in sharing our unique blend of freeform music, local sports, and public affairs. The money you generously donate helps maintain our high-quality programming and technical operations. The goal of the 10-day event is to raise $37,000, enough to operate the station for the entire year. Broadcast live over the air, our DJs give the audience their best effort to help raise money. You can donate securely online by visiting and selecting the Donate tab, or by calling 734-763-3500. Please support our radio mission! Keep WCBN on the air and serving our community with programming you won't hear anywhere else! Remember: our pledge drive happens only once a year, and it ends on Sunday, February 19th.
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donate and show your support for our all-volunteer staff in sharing our unique blend of freeform music, local sports, and public affairs!


Editor’s note: this list is as of 2015 and soon will be updated. For all you techies out there, here’s a list of the various pieces of equipment that make us function as a whole (according to Paul, our ex-engineer).

We are licensed by the FCC to broadcast at 88.3 Mhz, 220 watts transmitter output power, vertically polarized. It’s stereo with no subcarriers.

Our transmitter antenna is located at 42 16′ 37″ N., 83 44′ 7″ W. which is on top of the Dennison Building (formerly the Physics & Astronomy Building) on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus.

Audio Consoles 

FM Air Studio: Broadcast Electronics Airtrack 90-12

Production Studio A: Yamaha 01V Digital Mixer

Production Studio B: Mackie VLZ-1402PRO

Production Studio C: Arrakis SC2000


FM Air Studio: Electrovoice RE 20

Auxillary FM mics: 2 Shure SM-58

All others: Shure SM57

CD Players

We have lots of these, mostly TASCAM CD-450s.


FM Air Studio: 3 Technics SL-1200MK4 (specially made to play 78 RPM!!)

Production Studio A: 2 Technics SL-1200MK2

Production Studio C: 2 Technics SL-1200MK2

Production Studio B: 1 Technics SL-1200MK2Henry Engineering UTC (Universal turntable Controller)Phono cartridges: Stanton 500 seriesStyli: Stanton D-5107APreamps are either WCBN manufacture or RDL ST-PH1

Cart Machines
(being phased out)

Our sole operational cart machine: Production Studio A: ITC Omega

Reel to Reel Decks

Production Studio B: Tascam 52

Cassette Decks 

These are all over the place….Denon DN-720RTASCAM 102MKIIMarantz PMD 201 (for remote use)

Distribution Amplifiers 


Speakers, Amplifiers, etc. 

FM air studio monitor amp: Crown D-75AFM air studio speakers: Tannoy PBM-8Headphones (lot’s of these): Fostex T20sJBL Control 1 speakers

Emergency Alert System

ENDEC by Sage The following EBS equipment was replaced by the Emergency Alert System as of Jan.1 1997We have to keep it around just in case…Receiver: McMartin AM3Decoder: McMartin EBS-2Encoder: Gordman-Redlich

Transmitter, Processing, misc.

Telephone Interface: Symmetrix TI 101

Digital signal processor: Yamaha REV 100STL 

Line Drivers: Ozone Manufacturing Model 1 (Homemade using NE5534s opamps — zero output impedance!!)

Remote Control : Advanced Microdynamics (now Burk

TC8Signal Processor: Orban 

OptimodPower Transmitter: Collins BT-250 (Serial # 1 !!! made in 1968)

Exciter: Collins 310Z-IIBackup Exciter: McMartin 910Our (vertically polarized) antenna is an Algon Antenna AB S-184 00 made in Akersberga, Sweden

Modulation Monitors: TFT 844