Radical Silence: The Story of WGTB-FM


WGTB, Georgetown Broadcasting, was founded in 1946 by Georgetown University Jesuits to air the Latin Mass to shut-ins and anti-Communist theatrical plays. By the 1970s, it had become one of the most radical, leftist stations in the nation and one of the most influential in Washington, D.C., so much that Spiro Agnew decried its existence in the New York Times. In 1979, Georgetown sold the FM signal to the University of DC for $1 (who later sold it to C-SPAN for $13 million.) Radical Silence chronicles the story of this wild ride through American History through the lens of college radio.



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Producers: Jack Devlin, Daniel Stewart Editor: Alex Tynion Writer: Marisa Edmonds Director: Caroline Klibanoff, “Radical Silence: The Story of WGTB-FM,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed June 21, 2024, https://archives.rainbowhistory.org/items/show/1458.

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