|City of license||Allentown, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania|
|Slogan||"Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio"|
|Translator(s)||W229AO 93.7 FM
W230AG 93.9 FM
|First air date||January 8, 1995|
|Callsign meaning||Do It Yourself|
|Affiliations||National Public Radio|
|Owner||Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc.|
WDIY (88.1 FM) is a community public radio station licensed to Allentown, Pennsylvania, with studios in Bethlehem. The station serves the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania and western Warren County in New Jersey.
WDIY has an air staff of 70 volunteers and a paid management staff. It has been broadcasting since January 8, 1995. The station is licensed to Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization. The station's mission "is to engage the Lehigh Valley community through a wide-ranging exchange of music, arts, news and culturally diverse information."
While WHYY-FM in Philadelphia puts a grade B signal into Allentown and WVIA-FM in Scranton has long operated translators in Allentown and Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley lacked an NPR station that specifically served it until WDIY's arrival.
WDIY's program schedule includes NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered weekdays, with classical music and adult album alternative programs between the news shows. Weeknights and weekends, the station features a variety of music, including folk music, blues, electronic music, jazz, world music, alternative rock, classical music, avant-garde music and Indian music, as well as NPR's Weekend Edition and Ask Me Another.
Some of the highly renowned on air programmers include Stewart Brodian-Alternative, Kate Riess-Adult Alternative, Keith Kelleher-Adult Alternative, Dennis Christman-Adult Alternative, Steve Aaronsen-Folk/News/Swing, and numerous others.
WDIY's main frequency at 88.1 FM broadcasts at 100 watts, which is fairly modest for a full NPR member. The reason for this is not entirely clear, though one factor may be the need to protect WNJS-FM in Berlin, New Jersey (a repeater of WHYY) and WPEB in Philadelphia, which are both located on 88.1 as well. Even with its antenna on South Mountain at 843 feet above the average local terrain, the station's signal is for the most part limited to Lehigh and Northampton counties. Easton, the area's third-largest city, only receives a grade B signal. For this reason WDIY operates two translators. One, located at 93.9, serves the area around Easton, as well as western Warren County. The station's other translator at 93.7 serves the Trexlertown and Fogelsville areas in western Lehigh County.
|City of license||ERP
|W229AO||93.7 FM||Fogelsville, Pennsylvania||80||D||FCC|
|W230AG||93.9 FM||Easton, Pennsylvania||7||D||FCC|
- WDIY official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WDIY
- Radio-Locator information on WDIY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WDIY
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