Radio Free Georgetown In the late 1960s and early 1970s young, mostly left-wing students and radicals found a voice on FM community radio across the country. Ken Sleeman was the general manager of one such station, WGTB-FM in Washington DC. He shares some of his recordings from that time.

Radio Free Georgetown

Lost and Found Sound: Radical Broadcasters in the '60s and '70s

Radio Free Georgetown

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Ken Sleeman (seated at the mic) manager of WGTB-FM from 1971-1975. Ken Sleeman hide caption

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Community radio stations, many run as radical, left-wing collectives, sprouted up across the country in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among the most outrageous was WGTB-FM at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

The hippies, students, and activists who ran the station took on Georgetown's Jesuit administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the power elite of Washington, DC. What started out as a low-power operation mushroomed into a station that broadcast at 6,700 watts and reached an audience of almost 100,000 people in the nation's capital.

In 1971 Georgetown tapped Ken Sleeman, a 25-year-old radio engineer, to manage the station, hoping he could eliminate the anti-war missives and left-wing rhetoric from the air. It only became worse.

In this edition of Lost and Found Sound, Sleeman shares some moments from his time at WGTB.