About WYCE

WYCE is an independent, community radio station serving the communities of Grand Rapids and West Michigan with its on-air FM programming at 88.1 Mhz, and reaching out to the world through online streaming on the Internet.

1983

Licensed to Wyoming, Michigan, WYCE first began broadcasting as an FM-based extension to a cable-based radio station in the Wyoming and Kentwood areas. This station was licensed to Wyoming Community Education (the source of the station's call letters).

1983

1987

Wyoming Board of Education, in response to concerns about the music their students were programming, willingly transferred the license and sold the assets to Grand Rapids Cable Access Center (who operated a Public-access television cable TV channel known as GRTV), which was the forerunner to the Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC). Eclectic music format found today is established by Friends of WYCE committee and Station Manager Tracy Taylor.

1987

1989

Lee Ferraro named WYCE Station Manager

1989

1995

Phil Tower named WYCE Station Manager

1995

1997

WYCE studios moved from the community education site in Wyoming, to join GRCMC on the second floor of the West Side Library.

1997

1998

A new transmitter and tower is installed in Wyoming, increasing signal strength and coverage to 1000 watts.

1998

1999

Michael Packer named WYCE Station Manager

1999

1999

Expands programming to 24-hours

1999

2000

Inaugural Jammie Awards ceremony is held at the old Founders location on Monroe Avenue. Roberta Bradley and Gypsy win first Local Album of the Year award.

2000

2001

Hat Trick Concert Series - forerunner to today's Live at Wealthy - begins at One Trick Pony Bar & Grill. The series runs for a dozen years and raises more than $75,000 for area nonprofits.

2001

2006

Kevin Murphy named WYCE Station Manager

2006

2010

WYCE receives clearance from the FCC to expand its coverage area and power output from 1000 to 10,000 watts, improving broadcast range to west Michigan lake shore.

2010

2014

First "WYCE Live at Wealthy Theatre" concert is held, signalling a continuing collaboration between the GRCMC branches.

2014

2014

AJ Paschka named WYCE Station Manager

2014