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WRFG is a community-oriented, educational, alternative medium and our programming must reflect this.

We are for those alternatives that uplift human dignity and give people more control over their lives. WRFG is opposed to those forces in our lives that dehumanize and oppress people, especially economic exploitation, racism, sexism, militarism and anti-foreign/anti-immigrant chauvinism.

Interview with Harlon Joye (1993)

WRFG's Historical Milestones

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WRFG's Historical Milestones

1973 - WRFG hits the Atlanta airwaves broadcasting at 18 watts.
1974 - WRFG’s power increases to 1,250 watts.
1977 - WRFG receives the first of three National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) grants for studio and production improvements.
1977 - WRFG work begins on Living Atlanta series, funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Between 1977 and 1980 WRFG produced the 50 part Living Atlanta series on Atlanta’s history, The program won national awards and established a tradition of documentary excellence at WRFG.)
1979 - WRFG receives National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) awards for Living Atlanta program on railroad workers. Later WRFG received 3 additional NFCB awards.
1980 - WRFG’s power increases to 24, 300 watts and broadcasts in stereo.
1982 - WRFG successfully converts former Moreland School into Little Five Points Community Center. WRFG begins 24 hour programming.
1985 - WRFG launches Radio Records Label.
1987 - WRFG receives Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation Award for most improved management by a small non-profit organization. WRFG wins two “Golden Reel” awards, the first time in history that one station wins two “Golden Reels” in a single year.
1988 - WRFG receives Georgia Governor’s Awards in the Humanities for “enhancing the quality of life in Georgia.”
1989 - WRFG honored by Atlanta Magazine as the Best of Atlanta 1989 for “Best Alternative Radio.”
1990 - Living Atlanta book published by the University of Georgia Press, written by volunteers Harlon Joye, Cliff Kuhn and Bernard West.
1991 - WRFG receives first Community Services Grant.
1992 - WRFG reaches its 20th year. The station is granted FCC approval of increase to 100,000 watts.
1995 - WRFG is voted “Best FM Radio Station” by Creative Loafing newspaper (every year since then WRFG has been honored by Creative Loafing either for its station overall or specific programs areas).
1996 - WRFG broadcasts “live” remotes to Atlanta from Anna Livia 103.8 FM in Dublin, Ireland. Broadcasts “live” remotes to Atlanta from Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
1997 WRFG celebrates “Bob Marley’s Birthday” in Atlanta with a “live” remote from Jamaica. WRFG broadcasts “live” from the Caribbean Music Festival in Nassau, Bahamas.
2002 - WRFG hosts the last FCC hearing in the country on “Media Deregulation” rules with FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathon Adelstein on the Emory University campus. WRFG builds a sizable coalition of other independent media and university schools of communications for the event which was broadcast live across the country on Pacifica and NPR stations.
2004 - Creative Loafing honors WRFG for its Peach Blossom Festival for its excellent programming.
2004 - WRFG’s Blues programs win the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from the National Blues Foundation.
2004 - WRFG works to establish the Southern Media Justice Coalition - a collaborative of independent media and university Schools of Communication in Atlanta.
2004 - WRFG holds a series of forums throughout the year in coalition with the Southern Media Justice Coalition on Electronic Voting, Homeland Security, the G-8 Meeting in Brunswick, Georgia and the Amendment One on Marriage.
2004 - WRFG produces program on electronic voting for national distribution to Pacifica stations across the country.
2004 - WRFG signs contract to move its antenna to dramatically improve its on-air signal and increase its listener base.

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