|City of license||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Broadcast area||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Branding||Classical South Florida|
|Frequency||90.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||101.9 W270AD (West Palm Beach, relays HD2)|
|First air date||November 24, 1969 (as WHRS-FM)|
HD2: NPR News/Talk
|HAAT||340 meters (1078 feet)|
|Callsign meaning||West Palm Beach Information;
also IATA code for Palm Beach International Airport
|Former callsigns||WHRS-FM (1969-1985)
|Affiliations||National Public Radio|
|Owner||American Public Media Group
(Classical South Florida, Inc.)
The station signed on in 1969 as WHRS-FM, an outreach of the Palm Beach County Schools to the large number of migrant families in the Palm Beaches. It joined NPR in 1972. Originally airing a mix of classical music and fine arts programming with Spanish and bilingual programming in the mornings, it gradually evolved into a typical NPR classical music and fine arts station. In 1981, WHRS was sold to South Florida Public Telecommunications, the community group that owned the area's PBS station, WWPF-TV, which changed its calls to WHRS-TV before signing on in 1982. In 1985, the two stations changed their call letters to WXEL-FM-TV. Barry University bought the stations in 1997.
In April 2005, Barry announced a pending purchase of both WXEL and WXEL-TV to a group consisting of Educational Broadcasting Corporation (owners of New York City's WNET and WLIW) and the Community Broadcast Foundation of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, a local volunteer organization. Barry University decided to terminate the sale in May 2008.
Another deal to sell WXEL radio, this time to American Public Media, doing business as Classical South Florida, was reached on April 20, 2010 after receiving approval from the station's trustees. The sale closed on May 25, 2011 and, as WXEL-TV was not included in the deal, the call letters of the radio station were changed to WPBI. APM operates the station separately from its existing Miami radio station WKCP, which is also branded as Classical South Florida.
With the sale, all NPR news programming moved to WPBI's HD Radio subchannel. A low-powered translator, W270AD in West Palm Beach, relays the subchannel's schedule; it had previously been used to simulcast WKCP. Most of the market gets at least grade B coverage from WLRN-FM in Miami.
- Kleinberg, Eliot (April 20, 2010). "WXEL sold to Broward-based classical FM radio station". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- WPBI official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPBI
- Radio-Locator information on WPBI
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPBI
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W270AD
- Radio-Locator information on W270AD