Interlochen Public Radio

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IPR Music Radio
City Interlochen, Michigan
Broadcast area WIAA: Cadillac-Traverse City
WIAB: Mackinaw City-St. Ignace
WICV: Petoskey
Format Public radio
Affiliations NPR
Owner Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Public Radio, established in 1963, is a network of public radio stations in Northern Michigan. It broadcasts classical music and news on five stations in northwest lower Michigan. It is operated by the Interlochen Center for the Arts, with studios on the center's campus in Interlochen, Michigan; just outside Traverse City. It is an affiliate of National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

At one point early in the 2000s, IPR led the nation in annual listener support.[1] This was all the more remarkable because it is the second-smallest NPR member in Michigan, and one of the smallest in the entire NPR system.


Joseph E. Maddy, founder of the National Music Camp (now the Interlochen Center for the Arts), had long wanted to bring a fine arts radio station to Northern Michigan. In 1963, WIAA signed on for the first time. Originally broadcasting eight hours per day, it grew enough within a decade to become a charter member of NPR. Interlochen Public Radio became a network in 1989 with the addition of WICV in 1989. Interlochen bought contemporary Christian station WDQV in 2005 and converted it into a third satellite for the eastern portion of the market, WIAB.

In 2000, Interlochen signed on WICA at 91.5, and by 2001 all NPR news and talk programming moved there from WIAA/WICV. However, WICA does not have nearly the signal strength of WIAA. As a result, Cadillac, the second-largest city in IPR's service area, has no access to NPR talk programming even after the addition of two repeaters for WICA since the turn of the millennium.


Since 2000, IPR has operated a two-service network. "Classical IPR" (formerly known as "IPR Music Radio") provides classical music and hourly NPR news updates for three stations. News and talk programming from NPR and other sources is heard on three stations, branded as "IPR News Radio".

Classical IPR stations
Call sign Frequency City of license ERP
Class FCC info
WIAA 88.7 FM Interlochen, Michigan 100,000 C FCC
WIAB 88.5 FM Mackinaw City, Michigan 20,000 C2 FCC
WICV 100.9 FM East Jordan, Michigan 2,800 A FCC
IPR News Radio stations
Call sign Frequency City of license ERP
Class FCC info
WHBP 90.1 FM Harbor Springs, Michigan 1,200 C3 FCC
WICA 91.5 FM Traverse City, Michigan 4,000 C3 FCC
WLMN 89.7 FM Manistee, Michigan 15,000 C3 FCC



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