“The Moon” 89.1 FM WGZS

Fond du Lac Band’s 89.1 FM WGZS “The Moon” was one of several Native American Radio stations mentioned in a report on MPR News this morning.

I have been aware that the station was coming to the airwaves for more than a year now and I have been listening randomly since it signed on in September. They are literally building the station from the ground up, and a week or so ago I noticed that the budding station had powered up enough to reach much of Duluth. It’s occasionally scratchy but I can pick it up at home in the Hillside and around town in the vehicle.

To me, it’s awesome. It’s very raw, and real. There are no commercial interruptions which is enough to recommend it right there (not that there is anything against commercial radio). The programming consists mainly of 70s and 80s rock, although when it signed on in September, it seemed to be dominated by deep Motown and soul cuts from the 60s. And just yesterday I was listening and there was some old time country. Really, it’s random. There are always some traditional Native American tracks sprinkled in and I expect more and more homegrown music and public affairs programming as they get their footing. From what I’ve personally observed, spoken word programming consists mainly of an introduction to Ojibwe language (priceless) and I did hear one interview about a community event that was upcoming. My recommendation is to set 89.1 FM on your car or home presets and give it some time.

PDF of October FDL Tribal Newspaper which includes an article about WGZS

The FDL Tribal Newspaper did a story about it in the October 2011 edition. Click here for a PDF.

7 Comments

Codie

about 10 years ago

Ah ha! So that's why my iPod's FM transmitter doesn't work anymore in my car! They took the frequency that had the least interference in town! (or at least until about 5pm) But, I'm not going to be the one to bash on independent radio, so I wish these folks the best of luck.

Hopefully nobody decides to use 90.1 FM now, or else I'll have to go back to listening to CDs!

udarnik

about 10 years ago

I also highly recommend WOJB from the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation down by Hayward. It doesn't always come in so good up here but it's got a fantastic call-in show, Honky Tonk, on Saturday nights. On Tuesday they play drumming music.

udarnik

about 10 years ago

It's at 88.5 FM.

zra

about 10 years ago

WELY ...still doing community radio the way it's supposed to be done!

hbh1

about 10 years ago

When I'm driving back home from Chicago, WOJB shows up just as my iPod battery runs out. I love that station.

Rand McNally

about 10 years ago

WOJB saved me on numerous occasions. Honkey tonk on Saturday nights.

edgeways

about 10 years ago

WOJB, WELY, and KAXE are all great stations beyond the Twin Ports radius. All streaming online as well.

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