Sunday, September 18, 2016
88.1 WMBR (Walker Memorial Basement Radio) is a student-run station at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Radio at MIT goes back to the mid-1940s with carrier current station WMIT broadcasting at 800 kHz. In 1961, an FM signal hit the air with new call letters WTBS (W Technology Broadcasting System). Through a legal loophole, media tycoon Ted Turner "bought" the WTBS call letters for his own station in Atlanta. The money was used to upgrade equipment and WMBR was officially launched in 1979.