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JMU is on the air. Tune down to WXJM 88.7, JMU’s college radio station, and you’ll hear for yourself. WXJM, organized and ran by students, has been bringing Harrisonburg and JMU new and classic independent music for decades. Now WXJM has been nationally recognized with a nomination from CMJ for the college radio station of the year.

CMJ, originally founded as the College Media Journal, hosts an annual conference and music festival in New York City. A group of WXJM members are able to attend the CMJ Music Marathon every year to learn more about college radio and music, and because of the nomination, this year was especially exciting. Twelve JMU students representing WXJM made the trip to New York from October 22-25, where they were able to network, attend concerts and experience aspects of the music industry first hand.

The CMJ Music Marathon features over 80 panels focusing on the businesses of radio and music, with speakers ranging from record label executives to media and entertainment experts. There are also mentoring sessions with industry veterans and a seminar exploring legal issues related to contemporary music business. October 23 was College Day, which focused on the importances of college radio in relation to education and independent music. WXJM was recognized on College Day for its nomination.

WXJM will also soon be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary as a radio station. The nomination for Station of the Year exemplifies the dedication of this student organization as it continues to bring JMU and Harrisonburg great radio programming. If you’re interested in joining WXJM, contact general manager Kelly Carlin at carlinka@dukes.jmu.edu , and listen in at 88.7 or online at wxjm.org.

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