WIAA (FM)

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WIAA
City of license Interlochen, Michigan
Broadcast area Cadillac-Traverse City
Branding Classical IPR
Frequency 88.7 MHz
First air date 1963
Format Public radio; Classical
ERP 100,000 watts
Class C
Callsign meaning WIAA: Interlochen Arts Academy
Affiliations NPR
Owner Interlochen Center for the Arts
Website IPR

WIAA (88.7 FM) is a radio station in Interlochen, Michigan. The station is owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is an affiliate of the Interlochen Public Radio's "Classical IPR" network, consisting of classical music.

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WIAA is the flagship station of the IPR Music Radio network, and began broadcasting in 1963 at 88.3 FM. Interlochen Center founder Joe Maddy had long dreamed of bringing a fine arts station to Northern Michigan, in part as a way to increase exposure to performances at the National Music Camp (now Interlochen Arts Camp). WIAA was a charter member of NPR.

In 1989, WIAA moved from 88.3 FM at 115,000 watts to 88.7 FM at 100,000 watts. WIAA's signal covers a large portion of northwestern and west-central lower Michigan, from Howard City to Gaylord and beyond.

Interlochen Center for the Arts acquired and launched sister station WICA in 2000 to feature a news- and talk-oriented format, and since that time WIAA and its two satellites (WICV and WIAB) have devoted almost all of their broadcast schedule to classical music and have not aired NPR news shows such as "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", although they do feature hourly news updates from NPR. NPR news shows are, however, available over a portion of IPR Music Radio's listening area on CMU Public Radio, and within the coverage areas of the IPR News Radio stations (see below).

WICA programming is also heard in on WLMN Manistee, Michigan and on WHBP Harbor Springs, Michigan. WIAA also formerly operated a translator station in Traverse City, W264AC (100.7 FM), meant to fill in dead spots in the main signal's coverage in Traverse City; this translator went off the air in 2000.

Studios for WIAA and other Interlochen Public Radio stations have always been located on the Interlochen Center for the Arts campus in Interlochen, Michigan.

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Coordinates: 44°16′33″N 85°42′49″W / 44.2758°N 85.7137°W / 44.2758; -85.7137