WBAA

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WBAA
WBAA radio logo.png
City of license West Lafayette, Indiana
Slogan "Listener-supported Public Radio from Purdue"
Frequency 920 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date April 4, 1922 (originally experimental 9YB 1919-22)[1]
Format Public radio
Language(s) English
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 53946
Transmitter coordinates 40°20′29″N 86°53′01″W / 40.34139°N 86.88361°W / 40.34139; -86.88361
Affiliations NPR
Owner Purdue University
Sister stations WBAA-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website wbaa.org
WBAA-FM
City of license West Lafayette, Indiana
Slogan "Listener-supported Public Radio from Purdue"
Frequency 101.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1993
Format Classical music, NPR talk
Language(s) English
ERP 14,000 watts
HAAT 120 meters (390 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 53947
Transmitter coordinates 40°17′50″N 86°54′05″W / 40.29722°N 86.90139°W / 40.29722; -86.90139
Former callsigns WFUC (1991)[2]
Affiliations NPR
Owner Purdue University
Sister stations WBAA (AM)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wbaa.org

WBAA and WBAA-FM are the call signs for two American radio stations owned by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana—an AM station at 920 kHz and an FM station at 101.3 MHz. Both broadcast from studios in the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus, and the transmitters are located in Lafayette, Indiana.

AM 920[edit]

WBAA is the longest continuously-operating radio station in Indiana, having been licensed on April 4, 1922.[1] It was one of several AM stations signed on by Midwestern land-grant schools in the early days of radio. A fire in 1929 took WBAA off the air for several months. Due to its transmitter power and Indiana's flat land, its 5,000-watt daytime signal reaches a potential audience of 2.5 million people, including the fringes of the Indianapolis and Terre Haute areas.

AM 920 WBAA airs a mixture of NPR and local news/talk programming during weekdays and weeknights. Starting June 30 2014, the music programming was moved to WBAA Jazz and AM 920 started playing the day's NPR reruns and BBC World overnight starting at 11pm.[3] Weekends consist of news programming during the day with ethnic and local music programming on Sunday nights.

FM 101.3[edit]

WBAA-FM began broadcasting in 1993. It is one of the few NPR stations located on a commercial frequency. The station was assigned the call sign "WBAA-FM" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 19, 1991.[2]

FM 101.3, WBAA-FM, simulcasts its AM sister station in the morning and late afternoon to broadcast popular NPR talk programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Marketplace. Classical music can be heard at other times, as well as A Prairie Home Companion Saturday evenings from 6 to 8, Car Talk Saturday mornings at 10, and Hearts of Space Sunday evenings from 9 to 11. WBAA-FM also has a strong local news initiative.

Staff[edit]

WBAA and WBAA-FM employ Mike Savage as general manager. The radio station duopoly has a general staff of about 13,[4] including many full-time professionals and multiple Purdue University students.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WBAA Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "WBAA-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ WBAA program changes -- Jun 30 2014
  4. ^ savage, mike. "general manager". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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