|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)|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
|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
|HAAT||120 meters (390 ft)|
|Former callsigns||WFUC (1991)|
|Sister stations||WBAA (AM)|
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.
WBAA is the longest continuously-operating radio station in Indiana, having been licensed on April 4, 1922. 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. Weekends consist of news programming during the day with locally produced jazz and acoustic music at night.
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. WBAA-FM is a Class B1 FM radio station.
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.
- "WBAA Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- "WBAA-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
- http://hdradio.com/stations HD Radio Guide for Lafayette, Indiana
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- WBAA program changes -- Jun 30 2014
- "W290CM". FCCdata.org. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- savage, mike. "general manager". Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- WBAA official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WBAA
- Radio-Locator Information on WBAA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WBAA
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W290CM
- Radio-Locator information on W290CM
- FCC History Cards for WBAA
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBAA
- Radio-Locator information on WBAA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBAA