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City Columbus, Ohio
Broadcast area [1]
Branding 90.5 WCBE
Slogan Central Ohio's NPR News and Music
Frequency 90.5 (MHz)
First air date September 26, 1956 (As WCBE)
Format NPR, Public Radio
ERP 1,000 watts
HAAT 162 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning W-Columbus Board of Education
Owner Columbus City Schools
(Board of Education, City School District, Columbus)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wcbe.org

WCBE (90.5 FM) is a public radio station in Columbus, Ohio that began broadcasting in 1956. Initially, the station carried only locally produced education programs, but was the first station in Columbus to affiliate with National Public Radio and began carrying NPR programs in the 1970s. By the 1980s, the station had transitioned to a mix of NPR News and classical music. In 1990, the station switched musical formats to music classified as adult album alternative (AAA or Triple-A).

Today, WCBE is a NPR member station and also carries programs distributed by Public Radio International. The station carries most of the major public radio programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, and Prairie Home Companion, as well as several locally produced music programs. The WCBE call sign represents the station's licensee, the Columbus Board of Education (Columbus City Schools).

From WCBE.org:

"WCBE is a public radio station that exists to serve the cultural, information, and educational needs of Central Ohio and beyond. We fulfill this mission utilizing all available audio media: radio broadcasting, web streaming, content provision, and any other media existing or emerging which will help us enhance our community.
"Our goal is to provide a broad base of the Central Ohio community with services going beyond the stereotypical "heritage" formats of public radio. We shall mix public radio news and cultural mainstays with a truly eclectic blend of local and world music, a commitment to local news coverage, and efforts to serve our audience in both traditional and nontraditional ways."

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Coordinates: 39°57′48″N 83°00′17″W / 39.9634°N 83.0046°W / 39.9634; -83.0046