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City West Lafayette, Indiana
Slogan Listener-supported Public Radio from Purdue
Frequency 920 kHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 105.9 W290CM (Lafayette)
First air date April 4, 1922 (originally experimental 9YB 1919-22)[1]
Format Public radio
Language(s) English
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 53946
Transmitter coordinates 40°20′29″N 86°53′01″W / 40.34139°N 86.88361°W / 40.34139; -86.88361
Affiliations NPR
Owner Purdue University
Sister stations WBAA-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website wbaa.org
City West Lafayette, Indiana
Slogan Listener-supported Public Radio from Purdue"
Frequency 101.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1993
Format FM/HD1: Classical music, NPR talk
HD2: Jazz
Language(s) English
ERP 14,000 watts
HAAT 120 meters (390 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 53947
Transmitter coordinates 40°17′50″N 86°54′05″W / 40.29722°N 86.90139°W / 40.29722; -86.90139
Former callsigns WFUC (1991)[2]
Affiliations NPR
Owner Purdue University
Sister stations WBAA (AM)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wbaa.org

WBAA and WBAA-FM are the call signs for two American radio stations owned by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana—an AM station at 920 kHz and an FM station at 101.3 MHz. Both broadcast from studios in the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus, and the transmitters are located in Lafayette, Indiana.

Both WBAA and WBAA-FM are licensed by the FCC to broadcast in HD.[3][4][5][6]

AM 920[edit]

WBAA is the longest continuously-operating radio station in Indiana, having been licensed on April 4, 1922.[1] It was one of several AM stations signed on by Midwestern land-grant schools in the early days of radio. A fire in 1929 took WBAA off the air for several months. Due to its transmitter power and Indiana's flat land, its 5,000-watt daytime signal reaches a potential audience of 2.5 million people, including the fringes of the Indianapolis and Terre Haute areas.

AM 920 WBAA airs a mixture of NPR and local news/talk programming during weekdays and weeknights. Starting June 30, 2014, a majority of jazz programming was moved to WBAA Jazz at 101.3FM HD2 and AM 920 started playing the day's NPR reruns and BBC World overnight starting at 11pm.[7] Weekends consist of news programming during the day with locally produced jazz and acoustic music at night.

FM 101.3[edit]

WBAA-FM began broadcasting in 1993. It is one of the few NPR stations located on a commercial frequency. The station was assigned the call sign "WBAA-FM" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 19, 1991.[2] WBAA-FM is a Class B1 FM radio station.[8]

FM 101.3, WBAA-FM, simulcasts its AM sister station in the morning and late afternoon to broadcast popular NPR talk programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. Classical music can be heard at other times with 6 hours of locally produced classical music on weekdays.


W290CM 105.9 FM in Lafayette carries the AM programming.[9]


WBAA AM and FM employ Mike Savage as general manager. The radio station duopoly has a general staff of 12,[10] including many full-time professionals and multiple Purdue University students.


  1. ^ a b "WBAA Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "WBAA-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=53947
  4. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=53946
  5. ^ http://hdradio.com/stations HD Radio Guide for Lafayette, Indiana
  6. ^ <iframe name="HDRadioStations384" scrolling="no" src="http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?realid=384&utm_source=Station%2BGuide%2BIncludes&utm_term=&utm_medium=Widget&utm_campaign=Station%2BGuides" height="530" width="401" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe>
  7. ^ WBAA program changes -- Jun 30 2014
  8. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/fm-broadcast-station-classes-and-service-contours
  9. ^ "W290CM". FCCdata.org. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  10. ^ savage, mike. "general manager". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

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