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 (Low Power FM) frequencies for community stations across the country. Low Power FM stations have a broadcast range of about 10 miles, meaning we can have a hyper-local range and focus. The FCC was not expected to open up these kind of frequencies again, so organizers from Frogtown and Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis formed the Twin Cities Community Radio Initiative and began working with community members to submit applications to the FCC. After a long organizing campaign, in December of 2014, Frogtown Neighborhood Association was 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.
By 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 (link) and broadcast in the central Saint Paul area on 94.1 FM. For the first 7 months of streaming, we operated off of a fold-out table inside Center for Hmong Arts and Talent's (CHAT) studio then grew to have our own live broadcast studio space inside CHAT.
In October of 2017 we moved into our new space at Faith Lutheran Church and added over sixty new volunteer DJs and now have an almost full schedule of live shows! We’ve been lucky enough to partner with The Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, The Association of Non Smokers Minnesota, The Dispute Resolution Center, The Mid Continent Oceanographic Institute, Urban Boat Builders, Americorps Vista, and many more amazing local organizations!
UPDATE: WFNU has moved from a program under the Frogtown Neighborhood Association (FNA) to our own non-profit!! In March of 2019, three WFNU volunteers got together to create the non-profit 501c3 organization Frogtown Tuned-In.
Frogtown Tuned-In Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on amplifying the diverse voices of Frogtown in connection with surrounding communities. Our commitment is to provide a positive, healing, safe and empowering platform to allow community voices to be heard. Our focus is on content and programs that inspire both adults and youth to take back narrative control from the mainstream media. Our mission is to encourage, educate, and provide training to curate programming, arts access and citizen journalism that shines a true, holistic and realistic sense of community.
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