WVXU

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WVXU
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Broadcast area Cincinnati, Ohio
Slogan Connecting You To A World Of Ideas
Frequency 91.7 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 5, 1970
Format NPR
Talk radio
ERP 26,000 watts
HAAT 208 meters
Class B
Facility ID 74302
Transmitter coordinates 39°07′31″N 84°29′57″W / 39.12528°N 84.49917°W / 39.12528; -84.49917
Callsign meaning Voice of
Xavier
University (former licensee)
Owner Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wvxu.org

WVXU is a public radio station located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is owned by Cincinnati Public Radio, which also operates station WGUC and WMUB. It broadcasts at 91.7 FM and airs public radio news/talk syndicated programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media and Public Radio International.

History, union with WGUC[edit]

The station was originally licensed to Xavier University; it featured primarily a jazz format. It became an NPR affiliate when the network's Morning Edition debuted, circa 1979-1980. The existing NPR affiliate at the time, WGUC (which had carried the afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered since the program debuted), did not want to replace its popular morning drive-time classical music show with the newsmagazine, so WVXU started carrying Morning Edition and other NPR programs. While the two stations together provided most of the NPR programs available to a single market, the two NPR flagship newsmagazines aired separately. Over time, WVXU added more news and spoken-word programs to supplement its music schedule, reflecting a trend in most of the U.S.

On August 22, 2005, Xavier transferred WVXU and its "X-Star Network" of translator stations to CPRI, bringing the station and WGUC under the same licensee. This permitted elimination of program duplication and a realignment of formats; WGUC now broadcasts classical music almost exclusively, while WVXU carries news and information programs, including both NPR flagship newsmagazines, along with some jazz and blues music programs on weekend evenings.

On March 1, 2009, Cincinnati Public Radio took over management of WMUB which is licensed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, though Miami has retained ownership of the station serving southwestern Ohio and southeastern Indiana. As part of the deal, WMUB is now a full-time satellite of WVXU, bringing WVXU's programming to areas north of Cincinnati where the main signal is weak.

WVXU Programming[edit]

91.7 WVXU/88.5 WMUB carries many of the top rated public radio programs from program providers such as NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International and PRX. In addition, a locally-produced talk show, Cincinnati Edition, airs each weekday at 1:00pm. This show covers a wide range of topics from health, education, arts, politics and more. Listeners are encouraged to engage with the program by calling in, emailing, or via Facebook and Twitter.

WVXU News Team[edit]

WVXU has a news team of six who report and host. The six are: Maryanne Zeleznik - news director Jay Hansleman Ann Thompson Mark Heyne Tana Weingartner Howard Wilkinson

WVXU in the community[edit]

Since beginning operation of WVXU in August 2005, the station has brought in a variety of public radio hosts and programs and acts as media sponsor for various community-wide events.

Examples of shows and hosts who have visited Cincinnati: live broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion," "Whad'ya Know," and "Talk of the Nation." Recorded episode of "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," Visits from Ira Glass ("This American Life"), Lynne Rossetto Kasper ("The Splendid Table"), Terry Gross ("Fresh Air"), Diane Rehm ("The Diane Rehm Show"), and Carl Kasell (NPR News and "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me").

Media sponsor/partner for: Books by the Banks, On the Same Page, various theater production and events.

Translator network[edit]

Shortly after CPRI acquired WVXU, it sold the network of translator stations ("X-Star") that Xavier had built in rural parts of Ohio and Michigan during the 1990s [1] to provide service to those outside the clear signal of another NPR affiliate. The Ohio frequencies were acquired by an evangelical Christian broadcaster, while the Michigan stations were sold to commercial interests.

The X-Star network included:

HD radio[edit]

In addition to airing its regular programming in digital sound on HD Radio, WVXU airs the audio of BBC World Service on its second (HD2) sideband channel.

References[edit]

http://www.wvxu.org/hdradio/XPoneNtial_hd2.asp

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