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WMXM is a student-run radio station at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. It’s one of the last of it’s breed.

This station has been active for over 30 years, and continues to bring independent new music to the airwaves every day. As a free-format non-commercial station, WMXM is one of the most diverse and honest radio stations in the country. Our goal as a station is to promote local and national independent music, news, and culture. We want to give a voice to those things not commonly heard and provide a unique and free listening experience only possible by college radio.

WMXM and You

WMXM is completely run by volunteers. Every person who works at the station gives up hours to help make the station the best it can be. If you would like to get involved please email our General Manager Nick Jordan at gm at We love to have students and community members alike involved in what we do. No matter how much time you have to give, WMXM has a place for you.

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  • Alec Heap wrote on January 23, 2012 @ 12:19 PM:

    I stumbled upon this station while it was playing a jazz song and i immediately added it to my presets. Ive only been listening to this and 93.1 since. Best radio station by far!!

  • Joe Velez wrote on January 25, 2012 @ 4:29 PM:

    Tripped across the station one day while fiddling with my pre-sets. Loved the music, and WMXM is now my 1st pre-set.

    One question though, I have noticed the music is on a large loop (4 hours?) Please tell me this is just because of finals or something likewise temporary.

    If there is a lack of people who want to work the dials, I volunteer! I am in Highwood, only 10 minutes away.

  • Joe Velez wrote on January 25, 2012 @ 5:09 PM:

    Hey, ask and ye shall receive! Fresh music. Yippee-kai-yay.
    Thank you Miss DJ.

  • NIcholas Cage wrote on July 16, 2012 @ 7:39 PM:

    Above average….2.5 stars. Will listen again.

  • Sondre wrote on July 30, 2012 @ 8:40 AM:

    stumbled across this while driving through Deerfield. the sounds are fantastic. i thought it sounded like what I’d heard at Pitchfork, and then found out that you were there last year. keep up the good work.

  • Blitz wrote on August 7, 2012 @ 9:41 AM:

    Heard a great sound coming from this station one day. Looked up the band and found out they were having a concert in Chicago the next night. Thanks for playing great and local jams!

  • Mark Lassman wrote on August 15, 2012 @ 9:04 PM:

    I was a student at LFC during the 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 academic years. I also was on the WMXM staff during those years. Starting out by helping to “produce” the “Big Bad Bob” oldies show on Wednesday afternoons to doing my own news programs during my second year. I understand that the station has since moved from the location that it was when I was there, which was underneath the Chapel. Many, many good times there. At that time, we were all of 10 watts of screaming power. Wonder what it is now? My favorite thing to do was to go through all the strange and weird news stories that came out over the UPI printer overnight. That was before “internet”, kids! And yes, I’m still in touch with “Big Bad Bob” (Robert Meder, Class of 1977).

  • Michelle B. wrote on October 19, 2012 @ 9:18 PM:

    My neighbor across the street is at LFC now and has a show on WMXM. Now that I see that you have streaming, I’ll make sure to tune in for her show. I briefly volunteered for the forerunner of WMXM when I was at the College as a freshman in 1970-71 (Got a late night slot and I wasn’t that happy with it), but this was before the station was a real FM station … it was a closed circuit system that could only be heard in the dorms and other College buildings. But what I remember the most was being blown away by the record collection, and being able to browse and play whatever I wanted.

  • Luke W. wrote on October 29, 2012 @ 12:47 PM:

    Keep up the good work WMXM.

  • Andy McDonough wrote on April 26, 2013 @ 9:10 AM:


    I hope I spelled your name right. You are awesome. You are so much better than the Rev of Dispare. Anyways, I appreciate the tribute to Earth day. Keep up the good work and thanks for playing The John Wayne by the Little Green Cars. I love that song!!

    Oh and you guys are the best thing to happen to radio since… well since I heard Pearl Jam Alive back in 1992!

  • Raymond R. wrote on May 5, 2013 @ 11:36 AM:

    This last Tuesday morning (April 30th), I was lazily weaving my way through southeastern Wisconsin and into Illinois during a wandering road trip that originated from Saint Paul the day prior. I was passing through Great Lakes hoping to catch a brief glimpse of the Naval Training Center I was stationed at when I was 18, driving aimlessly and following the flow of the road. I found myself on a portion of the Great Lakes Circle Tour.

    It was a beautiful morning, blue skies and the temperatures rising into the 70’s. The windows were rolled down and the sunroof was open. It was was first road trip in my new car and the first of the season.

    That’s where I met you.

    As I was shuffling through stations at 25mph, I came across an amazing song I had never heard before. And the song after that. And after that. And..

    All of the way through Lake Forest and Highland Park, down Sheridan on my way to a city I haven’t seen in over 10 years. And when the signal faded, I streamed you online through my car speakers.

    You were there, rocking my trip as I took in the air and the beautiful neighborhoods.

    You were there, rocking my trip as I inched into Chicago and immediately felt like staying.

    You were there, rocking my trip as I discovered that the posted speed limit in Chicago is purely a suggestion.

    You were there, rocking my trip as I pulled into the Parking lot near The Field Museum, excited and beaming.

    You were there, rocking my trip as I found out that I had left my driver’s license in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. 7 hours northwest..

    You were there, still rocking my trip as I raced back to a gas station that closed in 8 Hours.

    Thank you for being there. Rocking my trip.

  • Erica wrote on July 28, 2013 @ 7:50 PM:

    Never heard of this radio station…i was looking for a radio station that will shout out to me and my boyfriend and maybe play our song, but cant find one that doesnt have a backlog of music requests. what music is usually played and is this at all possible?? please respond asap

  • Pork Drinker Sicksty Nyne wrote on August 8, 2013 @ 12:52 PM:

    If someone could answer this I would be eternally grateful. It’s a case of having a great song stuck in your head without knowing what it is and not being able to listen to it…
    The lyrics in the chorus are something like,”someday, maybe someday, caught up in the ocean’s ~lips..” — No luck with google searches, let’s go guys- come in huge on this one.

  • Mr Bill wrote on August 31, 2013 @ 4:25 AM:

    We old farts from MxM should take over the studio ffor a day and see what trouble we can get into!!!

  • donna garth wrote on January 20, 2014 @ 1:41 PM:

    luv listening to fresh alternative,COMMERCIAL FREE, music. Station rocks!!

  • Nanni wrote on April 6, 2014 @ 3:27 PM:

    Doesn’t get better than this as my first son in law and first grandson team up to open today’s 1pm show …… Awesome!

  • Sumara wrote on April 28, 2014 @ 7:45 PM:

    to “Pork Drinker Sicsty Nyne”

    here is a list of tracks played on August 8, 2013.

    Maybe one of these is it?

  • T wrote on May 2, 2014 @ 11:46 PM:

    Anyone know who the girl is that Dannie played earlier and said she was a Canadian you tuber. She has a beautiful voice and I would love to hear more of her music

  • Monica wrote on June 6, 2014 @ 8:55 AM:

    Ahh!! Need to know the song that played at 8:22am, Friday morning (6-6-2014).

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  • Arielle wrote on October 24, 2014 @ 6:05 PM:

    I would love to hear lots of Lorde

  • J.J. Johnson wrote on November 7, 2014 @ 3:07 PM:

    Ladies, Gentlemen, Instructors, Student Broadcasters;

    I thought you might be interested in “Aircheck: Life in Music Radio,” the eBook I’ve published. The following veteran broadcasters liked it a lot:

    “It’s a must-read for anyone who is, has been, or wants to be in radio. It’s also a treat for anyone who wants an insider’s look at the biz during the glory days of world-famous heritage stations, notably KFRC in San Francisco and LA’s groundbreaking KDAY-AM.”
    -Mark Drummond

    “This is an absolute must-read for anyone in or thinking about going into broadcasting. You can learn more from these pages than any broadcast school in the country.”
    -Jon Badeaux

    “Originally I was going to only read a couple of chapters today, but I couldn’t put it down. This is a must-read for anyone considering a job in broadcasting and a very informative journey for anyone else who’s ever listened to a radio. J.J. takes the reader into the ‘nitty gritty’ of the often crazy world of radio and tells it like it is…It’s an easy and enjoyable read told in a conversational tone and I highly recommend it!”
    -Ken Davis

    I have many more great quotes from broadcasters who’ve read “Aircheck: Life in Music Radio.” It’s not just a collection of fantastic-but-true stories. It delves into how broadcasting was done; how broadcasters thought and think. The basics are still the basics. It still applies.

    Take a look:

    Best regards,
    J.J. Johnson

  • John Slavin wrote on January 17, 2016 @ 1:44 PM:

    I am just in reliable range of picking up your station without using the internet. When I’m in the mood to listen to a little radio, yours is my favorite station at this time, and it’s very nice that it still exists. Other stations available in this area seem kind of boring to me most of the time. Your station is usually interesting, so thanks for keeping it going.

  • kenny b wrote on January 27, 2016 @ 1:05 PM:

    lovin the randy iden show!

  • LB wrote on January 28, 2016 @ 8:33 PM:

    Thanks for Playing LOW !!

  • Andrew wrote on February 19, 2016 @ 10:41 PM:

    I’m hoping to find out what song was playing around 8:20PM on Friday February 19th.

  • Shauna wrote on February 21, 2016 @ 8:40 AM:

    Hey, both of the email addresses I have for you (rpm and md) are bouncing back with the message [550 No Such User Here ] – can you please updated the email contact section of your website with current information?

    Thank you 🙂

  • General Administrator wrote on March 4, 2016 @ 3:48 PM:

    Should both be working now!

  • AaronW wrote on March 2, 2016 @ 3:38 PM:

    Hey I’ve been listening to your station for most of the day, it’s by far my favorite! I heard a particular song around the 12:00 o’clock time… it was a remix, maybe Beyonce or Destiny’s child I’m not exactly sure. I’ve been searching everywhere for it with no luck, pls pls pls help me!! And thank you for the constant steam of good music!

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