The mission of WSUP is two-fold, as identified by the Board of Regents: to provide a valuable on-site practicum for university instruction through practical experience to students; and, to act in a service and outreach capacity for the university to the campus community and to the city of license.
On February 1, 2006, WSUP launched a live web stream of their programming. This was disabled temporarily for legal reasons regarding the playing of copyrighted music in 2008. WSUP still continued to webcast many of their UWP athletic events. As of March 1, 2010, WSUP has once again begun to stream all of its content 24/7 for all of its listeners around the world.