WNPS

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WNPS
City of license Fort Myers, Florida
Broadcast area Southwest Florida
Branding Classical South Florida
Frequency 88.7 MHz
First air date October 9, 1987 (as WAYJ)
Format Classical music
ERP 75,000 watts
HAAT 306.8 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 64256
Transmitter coordinates 26°25′21.70″N 81°37′48.70″W / 26.4226944°N 81.6301944°W / 26.4226944; -81.6301944
Former callsigns WAYJ (1986-2012)
Owner American Public Media
(Classical South Florida Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website Classical South Florida

WNPS (88.7 FM) is a non-commercial Classical music-format radio station licensed to serve Fort Myers, Florida, broadcasting on the frequency of 88.7 MHz. The station is part of American Public Media's Classical South Florida network.

History[edit]

88.7 FM was first founded by Bob and Felice Augsburg as WAYJ, a Contemporary Christian music-format station, as a way to expand messages about Christianity to a younger audience, following the success of their weekly program for youth on another local Christian station, WSOR.[1] The first station and former flagship of the WAY-FM Network, after establishing additional stations, the WAY-FM group would relocate its corporate offices to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2001.

Sale[edit]

On February 14, 2012, it was announced that Classical South Florida was in the process of acquiring WAYJ from WAY-FM for $4.35 million. Following the announcement of the sale, WAY-FM announced that they would acquire competing station WSRX 89.5 from the Family Church of Marco Island; this move is designed to continue WAY-FM programming in its legacy Southwest Florida market.[2] In the interim, programming from WAYJ began simulcasting on WSRX on March 1, 2012.[3]

Upon completion of the sale on June 7, 2012, WAYJ's call sign was changed to WNPS, and the WAYJ call sign was assumed by WSRX 89.5 on June 18, 2012.

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