WKCP

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WKCP
WKCP logo.png
City of license Miami, Florida
Broadcast area Miami, Florida
Branding Classical South Florida
Frequency 89.7 MHz
First air date 1970 (as WMCU)
2007 (as WKCP)
Format Classical music
Audience share 0.7 (Fall 2007, RRC[1])
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 309 meters
Class C
Facility ID 68118
Transmitter coordinates 25°32′24″N 80°28′7″W / 25.54000°N 80.46861°W / 25.54000; -80.46861Coordinates: 25°32′24″N 80°28′7″W / 25.54000°N 80.46861°W / 25.54000; -80.46861
Former callsigns WMCU (1970-2007)
Affiliations American Public Media
National Public Radio
Public Radio International
Classical 24
Owner American Public Media Group
Webcast Listen Live
Website classicalsouthflorida.publicradio.org

WKCP (89.7 MHz FM), branded as Classical South Florida, is a classical music-formatted radio station in Miami, Florida. This listener supported, nonprofit public radio station is owned by American Public Media Group, the parent nonprofit support organization of Minnesota Public Radio. The station is operated by Classical South Florida, a Florida nonprofit corporation owned by the American Public Media Group. The station's primary transmitter is located at 17107 SW 248 Street, 4.5 miles north of downtown Homestead.

Most of WKCP's programming is provided by American Public Media's Classical 24 service. The station's schedule also includes Performance Today, SymphonyCast, Pipedreams, and Saint Paul Sunday.

WKCP also simulcasts some programming on sister station WPBI 90.7 (formerly WXEL) in West Palm Beach, which is operated independently of WKCP, but carries the same branding. WKCP originally used translator station W270AD at 101.9 FM, until that station adopted National Public Radio programming shortly after APM purchased WPBI from Barry Communications in May 2011. WPBI's main signal still runs NPR news briefs at the top of drive time hours, and its HD2 subchannel also carries NPR programming, which is simulcasted on W270AD.

Lawsuit by former listeners[edit]

89.7 FM was formerly WMCU, a Christian radio station owned by Trinity University.

On October 19, 2007, the Christian Family Coalition spearheaded a lawsuit brought by two local residents, who filed suit against American Public Media and Trinity University and its officers, seeking an injunction and $15,000 in damages for the plaintiffs and an injunction to block the sale of WMCU and format change. The station signed back on a week prior to what was originally planned, partly in an effort to thwart any potential legal action prior to Federal Communications Commission approval of the sale.[2]

The FCC did eventually approve the sale, in March 2008, upheld following an Application for Review to the full FCC, and while the parties involved in the campaign to try to regain the frequency continued on for several years with the state, the station has not been affected by those other matters as the issues raised by those parties concerned the seller only.

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