WRUU 107.5 FM is all about community.
The only local community radio station will be hosting their third annual Tunes and Brews fundraiser April 27 at Southbound Brewing Co.
The event will include a visual art raffle, cheap food and a lineup of local and regional bands, including Kyle, Stress Fracture, Cunabear and Lady Valore, who’ll be playing short sets throughout the night to showcase the multitude of musical genres featured in the station’s programming. Visuals will be provided by Mahima Dhesi, Headless Ghost and Greg.
The station was founded by Savannah’s chapter of The Unitarian Universalist Church and is completely supported by an all-volunteer staff of local community members. The station’s motto “community radio with global soul” is echoed throughout their programming which features music from all over the world, as well as local acts and talk shows with topics ranging from art, mental health, politics, comedy and science.
“We wanted this station to be an opportunity to give a voice to communities within Savannah that don’t necessarily have the availability to make their voice heard,” Fundraising Chairperson Trent Kissinger said. “The principles of The Unitarian Universalist Church hold up the worth, dignity, and voice of every person as being very important and by providing this free opportunity for activists and nonprofits around town to share their stories is paramount for us.
“It’s our hope to use this (station) as a platform to share with our neighbors and listeners across the world the cool things that are happening here in Savannah, and how it’s really an amazingly eclectic place where anybody can find their niche.”
Kissinger explained how the idea of a community radio station was first brought up.
“Initially the station was just a small vacant building owned by the church that we wanted to use to support the community,” he said. “Our first idea was to create an event space where nonprofits could meet. Someone mentioned a coffee house but that was at the same time that The Foundry was getting going, so someone else brought up the idea of a community radio station. We thought that was a great idea and started to push for it.”
In 2013, the Federal Communications Commission opened up a small number of FM channels specifically designated for nonprofit organizations. WRUU worked for a number of years to raise the funds necessary to open the station.
The first Tunes and Brews event successfully funded the stations push to raise their tower and purchase a radio transmitter allowing the station to begin over the air broadcasting in April 2017. The next big improvement on the station’s agenda is creating a second recording studio that will enable their 75 hosts and producers to record multiple shows simultaneously.
“Don’t miss out on this one, its always a great party at Southbound'. They’ve got great beer and are always a ton of fun to work with,” Kissinger said. “All the breweries in town have been very community-centric and partner with a lot of local nonprofits, which is a great use of their space.”