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City of license Bethany, West Virginia
Frequency 88.1 MHz
Format NPR, Jazz
ERP 1,100 watts
HAAT 125 meters
Class A
Facility ID 4954
Transmitter coordinates 40°12′58.00″N 80°33′31.00″W / 40.2161111°N 80.5586111°W / 40.2161111; -80.5586111
Former callsigns WVBC (?-2013)
Owner Pittsburgh Public Media
Website wyzr.org

WYZR (88.1 FM) is a radio station licensed to Bethany, West Virginia, USA, and serving the greater Pittsburgh area. The station is owned by Pittsburgh Public Media.[1] WYZR is run by former staff members of the former WDUQ (which was sold in 2011 by Duquesne University and is now WESA, broadcasting a mostly NPR news/talk format with a small portion of jazz remaining), and broadcasts a jazz format. The station previously operated under the callsign WVBC and was a service of Bethany College, a private liberal arts college in the town of Bethany.

WYZR officially launched on September 1, 2013,[2] as a result of a November 2012 announcement by Pittsburgh Public Media (a group who unsuccessfully bid on WDUQ with the intent to retain its news-jazz-NPR format as is) to purchase the license of WVBC-FM as a pretext to returning jazz to Pittsburgh airwaves in partnership with the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel, an online jazz radio station founded by the former WDUQ staffers shortly after the WDUQ sale and format change. The WVBC sale finalized in May 2013.


  1. ^ "WYZR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "Jazz station set to launch: 88.1 WYZR-FM". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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