Performances feature underground, vintage, and esoteric music as well as samples from shortwave radios, function generators, motion pictures, musical instruments (acoustic, electric, electronic), field recordings, phone conversations, found sound, etc. These sets require a diverse array of equipment such as analog turntables, digital turntables, multi-channel mixers, shortwave radios, function generators, voice microphones, headphones, tape decks, and MP3 players all run through a studio console. In addition, the shows are archived using digital audio converters such as CD burners and USB recorders. These archives are critiqued to improve future performances.
While the primary scheduled appearance of The FM is a weekly radio show, they often do spontaneous live sets on the air (WBGU 88.1 FM) and net ([www.WBGUFM.com]) as well. Their average airtime is about 10 hours a week with random performances occurring at various times. In addition to the WBGU shows, The FM often play live in Bowling Green, Ann Arbor, and around the world. These sets include live actions at charity events, university functions, street corners, and club/rave gigs.
The FM derive their name from the fact that they see their sets as a form of "Pirate Radio" in that they go against the grain of current radio/club programming and their shows are seen as "Marauding Raids". However, a long-term goal of the broad and diverse project is to make their radical performances more accepted by conventional society. One way The FM will meet this goal is by building their own facility known as "The Vinyl Haven". That unit will house an auditorium, a club, a radio station, a production studio, and a record archive. Most importantly, The Haven will be a place for artists striving to redefine art and a home for activists trying to change society.