WFNU is the product of almost 4 years of organizing around the idea that community-owned media can be a powerful tool to unite and empower the Frogtown community, the most racially diverse neighborhood in St. Paul. In 2011, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act, which opened up many LPFM frequencies for community stations across the country. The FCC was not expected to open up these kind of frequncies again, so oganizers from Frogtown and Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis formed the Twin Cites Community Radio initiatve began working with community members to submit applications to the FCC. In December of 2014, Frogtown Neighborhood Association and Center for Hmong Arts and Talent were jointly granted a permit from the FCC to build a community LPFM radio station and broadcast on 94.1 FM.
What is WFNU Frogtown Community Radio?
Frogtown Community Radio is an emerging low-power FM (LPFM) radio based out of the Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, MN and broadcasting on 94.1 FM. With our hyper-local focus on Frogtown and surrounding communities, we are able to tap into fresh talent and engage our listener base in ways larger radio stations cannot. We believe that community radio provides a space for our community's voices, languages, ideas, and stories to be heard.
Since gettting our construction permit, we have been busy training DJs, raising money, and organizing community support. On April 22, 2015, we recorded our first show, Real Talk with Real Brothers with Alvin Daryll Clardy Jr. and Philip Gracia. Philip now hosts his own show on the station: The Midday Escape on Thursday and Friday at 12:30 pm. Alvin hosted the currently on-hiatus Wednesday Word: Let's Talk About It.
In August 2016, we finally raised our antenna and officially became an FM broadcaster through the generous and continuous support of the community. We currently stream online (click LISTEN to see when we're streaming and to listen live) and broadcast in the central Saint Paul area on 94.1 FM. For the first 7 months of streaming, we opperated off of a fold-out table inside Center for Hmong Arts and Talent's studio. We now have our own live broadcast studio space inside CHAT. Come on down and visit us at 995 University Ave, suite 220.
Our estimated broadcast range. We may be small, but our size is what makes our station so special. We are able to act as a true community resource by harnessing local talent and producing content that matters to the community --content that you won't hear on larger radio stations