WERN

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WERN
City Madison, Wisconsin
Frequency 88.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947
Format Public radio, Classical music, News
ERP 20,500 watts
HAAT 385 meters (1,263 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 63030
Callsign meaning Wisconsin Educational Radio Network (early branding for network)[1]
Former callsigns WHA-FM (1947-1974)
Affiliations Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR, American Public Media
Owner Wisconsin Educational Communications Board
Sister stations WHA
Webcast Stream
Website Wisconsin Public Radio

WERN (88.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to Madison, Wisconsin. The station is part of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), and is the flagship of WPR's "NPR News and Classical Network", consisting of classical music and news and talk programming.

The station first signed on in 1947, as the first FM station in what would become Wisconsin Public Radio. It was originally known as WHA-FM, after its AM sister, WHA; it became WERN in 1974.

Since Ideas Network flagship WHA must reduce its power to an all-but-unlistenable level at night, WERN airs a simulcast of the Ideas Network on its HD3 channel. This is used to feed a low-powered translator at 90.3 FM for non-HD Radio listeners.[2]

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Coordinates: 43°03′22″N 89°32′06″W / 43.056°N 89.535°W / 43.056; -89.535