WUPX celebrated 50 years on the NMU campus in 2020. We began as WBKX, broadcasting, at first as an AM outlet in 1970 and later as a cable-only station. After years of hard work and savings by the students of NMU, WBKX successfully became an over-the-air station at 91.5 on the FM dial in September of 1993. During the process of applying for our license, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) informed us that we would no longer be able to identify ourselves as WBKX, and, as a result, we changed our station call letters to WUPX.
Our core activity has been to provide both entertainment and information for the campus and the surrounding community. In doing this, we have regularly programmed live DJ-style shows.
WUPX has also contributed to on/off campus life in other ways. We have hosted a number of concert events and benefits. We have hosted interviews with local musicians performing at the Oredock Brewing Company and Live at the X performances of musicians playing live in the station and streaming it on air to the community and all NMU students.
WUPX is on the air twelve months out of the year, and we are pleased to report that our staff and volunteers have made it possible to operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week throughout the school term. The number of students involved at the radio station, and the length of our commitment during the year, contributes to our belief that we are one of the most active volunteer organizations on the NMU campus!