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.
Voted "Best Radio Station" by Revue Magazine readers 3 years in a row (2016-2018), WYCE is dedicated to providing an eclectic blend of under-represented music to the West Michigan community, and creating meaningful connections between people, non-profit organizations, and local businesses.
Scroll down to learn about our journey as West Michigan's community radio station!
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
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
Lee Ferraro named WYCE Station Manager1989
Phil Tower named WYCE Station Manager1995
WYCE studios moved from the community education site in Wyoming, to join GRCMC on the second floor of the West Side Library.1997
A new transmitter and tower is installed in Wyoming, increasing signal strength and coverage to 1000 watts.1998
Michael Packer named WYCE Station Manager1999
Expands programming to 24-hours1999
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
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
Kevin Murphy named WYCE Station Manager2006
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
First "WYCE Live at Wealthy Theatre" concert is held, signalling a continuing collaboration between the GRCMC branches.2014
AJ Paschka named WYCE Station Manager2014