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WMNF turns 30 ... but how long can the feisty station keep it up?




When their station debuted in 1979, the volunteers who built Tampa community radio institution WMNF-88.5 couldn’t have imagined they’d someday be celebrating 30 years on the airwaves. But on Saturday night, that’s exactly what they’ll do.

More than a dozen artists will come together on three stages at the Ritz Ybor for a massive concert featuring Paul Thorn, Samantha Crain, Barely Pink and countless DJs and WMNF personalities. No doubt program director Randy Wynne, above, will be among them.

Wynne isn't the only person who's helped make WMNF the quirky force it's become. Dalia Colon caught up with five DJs who are sticking with the station's fiercely independent-minded spirit: Franco Silva, Lizz Straight, Marcie Finkelstein, Duncan Strauss and Jeff Stewart. Click here to read her story.

But looking ahead, Eric Deggans wonders if WMNF -- which exists thanks largely to donations from aging listeners -- can keep things moving forward in the era of the iPod and streaming Internet radio. This year, they've already had to make budget cuts, and Wynne himself says, "The long-term future is kind of a question."

Click here to read Eric's story.

What about you guys? Any WMNF fans out there? What do you think the station needs to do to attract more young listeners? Leave your ideas in the comments.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:13pm]


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