KUGS (89.3 FM) is a college radio station in Bellingham, Washington, United States, affiliated with Western Washington University. KUGS was founded on January 29, 1974, as a 10-watt radio station.
KUGS-FM is the Student Operated Radio Station at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. The mission of KUGS-FM is to serve the students of Western by providing a diverse program of music and information consistent with student interests and public affairs programming that encourages a greater understanding of the human differences and cultural pluralism Western’s community and the larger world we live in. KUGS, through its programming, will serve as a bridge from the university to the surrounding community. KUGS staff is responsible for cultivating the interest and production of noncommercial radio for Western’s students. In 1984 this was increased to 100 watts. KUGS remains an independent and fully student-managed college radio station. In 1994, KUGS was the second station in the US to broadcast content online, which ended in 2002. In 2006, KUGS began webcasting again through its website. In 1999, the station applied to upgrade to 700 watts effective radiated power. The FCC issued a construction permit for a power increase to 950 watts in December 2012.
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