Radio station WFMU opens live music venue in Jersey City building

The managers of WFMU relied on years of donations from listeners to build the venue. (7/12/14)

JERSEY CITY - A performance space that opened Saturday evening seeks to fill a void for downtown Jersey City.

Freeform radio station WFMU says it turned the loss of its first-floor tenant years ago into a gain. The old realty office it occupies will be downtown's first major live music venue, which kicked off with a sold out show.

WFMU took advantage of the city's growing music scene and changes in city laws to allow for live music. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has noticed the station's efforts and says changing the city's live music ordinance was the right move.

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The managers of WFMU relied on years of donations from listeners to build the venue. Assistant General Manager Liz Berg says the station is probably going to open the venue as a bar that has events every night of the week, though it does not have a permanent name yet.

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