The University will transfer its WUMD-FM broadcast license to RIPR. The University will receive $1.5 million to endow student need-based financial aid and community engagement activity. RIPR will also provide on-air promotion for the University and collaborate with UMASS Dartmouth on internships and other academic efforts. RIPR will nearly double its geographical footprint, providing its audience with consistent, immediate, locally-sourced coverage and access to National Public Radio content. WUMD will move to a fully online global program format.


DARTMOUTH, MA — UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) have established a collaboration that will transfer the university’s 9,800-watt FCC license to operate WUMD (89.3 FM) to RIPR. RIPR will also continue to broadcast on its present frequencies:  88.1, 91.5, and 102.7.WUMD will continue to deliver its programming online.

Under the terms of the collaboration, UMass Dartmouth will immediately receive $1.5 million in cash from RIPR to endow need-based financial aid and community engagement funds, $617,100 in underwriting time on the RIPR network and additional on-air promotion over the next 10 years. UMass Dartmouth and RIPR will also collaborate on a series of academic and community engagement activities, including internships and public forums.

Read More