“Professional” Station Manager Alan Fritch fires long-haired production manager David Selvin and long-haired DJ Peter Tonks, sparking a staff walk-out and subsequent strike. During negotiations held in Upsala's chapel, staffers, faculty, and Fritch debate whether the station is "a faculty-run public relations enterprise or a student-centered activity." The Upsala Gazette reports that "more than fifty interested persons attended, some wearing costumes or painted faces." WFMU's radio board is dissolved and Fritch leaves the station shortly thereafter. George Fenwick, Jr. is largely responsible for bringing the station back to life after this upset. February-March, 1971.
Illustration by Edward Lasala