The station began broadcasting on April 20, 1981, with the first song played on the station at 6 a.m. being Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The station was independently operated until 1988 when it joined the state-wide public radio network, then named "Peach State Public Radio". In the early 1990s, the listening area was greatly improved with the addition of WWIO in extreme southeast Georgia; an overnight classical music format was also added. In 1997, the station moved its studio from downtown Savannah to the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on Skidaway Island, just south of Savannah. In August 2011, the WSVH/WWIO studios moved again to space at the Armstrong Center of Armstrong Atlantic State University.