What is EQFM?
It's WFUV's initiative to focus on gender balance in the music we play, and encourage other media outlets to do the same.
We've been watching other organizations as they have moved in this direction, and we're inspired. There's a spotlight on festivals and venues in terms of who they've been booking. Female artists have taken country radio to task for its unbalanced history. It's led us to aim for music equity in our own house.
We have the freedom to act, and we believe we have the support of our listeners. As a public radio station, our allegiance is to our public, which has always been a healthy mix of genders and age ranges. We want our younger listeners to live in a world where gender balance is assumed. We also are lucky enough to have women in core positions at the station who want to respond to the cultural changes we see.
What will change about WFUV?
We're spending some more time focused on music by women we love and admire, with a weekly album spotlight called EQFM Album ReCue. We're looking at our music library to make sure there aren't artists or songs we're missing, and fixing that. But in general, it's not going to sound much different, since we've always been more balanced than most radio stations.
Look for all the related info at wfuv.org/eqfm.