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City Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Branding The Frequency
Slogan The Voice of Dickinson College
Frequency 88.3 MHz
First air date December 10th 1962
Format Variety
ERP 450 watts
HAAT -13.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 68238
Transmitter coordinates 40°12′9.00″N 77°11′46.00″W / 40.2025000°N 77.1961111°W / 40.2025000; -77.1961111
Callsign meaning The Dickinson College Voice
Owner Trustees of Dickinson College
Webcast listen live
Website WDCV-FM

WDCV-FM (88.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA, the station serves the Pennsylvania college area. The station is currently owned by Trustees of Dickinson College.[1]

The station started in 1959 as an AM operation at 640 kHz, with broadcasts confined to the Dickinson campus. WDCV expanded to a 10-watt FM service in 1973, and began broadcasting 18 hours a day at 88.3 MHz. The station increased its transmitter power to 250 watts in 1982[2] and began stereo broadcasting in 1989.[3] More recently, WDCV began webcasting at www.wdcvfm.com, and streaming over on mobile devices via Stretch Internet.

As an educational, non-profit station, WDCV-FM is operated on a volunteer basis by undergraduate students at Dickinson College and members of the Carlisle community. The principal purpose of WDCV-FM is to provide a forum for overlooked, suppressed or under-represented voices and music. WDCV broadcasts cultural, educational, informational and other programs and materials for the entertainment and profit of the public, and for the education and training of its staff. It also broadcasts Red Devil football as well as men's and women's basketball. WDCV is Carlisle’s only non-profit radio station.

WDCV-FM has provided innovative programming to its devoted listeners since 1973. With its transmitter and antenna atop Bosler Hall on the Dickinson College campus, the station reaches the entire Carlisle community, as well as Mt. Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Middlesex and New Kingston. A worldwide audience is served by the WDCV web stream.

WDCV first broadcast December 1962. In 2012 WDCV is celebrated its 50th Anniversary. An archive of images, articles and memorabilia is located on a Tumblr blog.


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