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City Riverhead, New York
Broadcast area eastern Long Island
Slogan Sound of Five Towns College
Frequency 1570 kHz
First air date August 8, 1963[1] (as WAPC)
Format College
Power 1,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 18238
Transmitter coordinates 40°54′48.00″N 72°39′16.00″W / 40.9133333°N 72.6544444°W / 40.9133333; -72.6544444Coordinates: 40°54′48.00″N 72°39′16.00″W / 40.9133333°N 72.6544444°W / 40.9133333; -72.6544444
Callsign meaning Five Towns University
Former callsigns WAPC (1963–1967)
WHRF (1967–1974)[2]
WRCN (1974–1982)
WRHD (1983–January 1990)
WRHZ (January–August 1990)
WRHD (August 1990–1999)
WFOG (1999–2001)[3]
Owner Five Towns College
Webcast mms:// Listen Live direct URL to copy/paste into media players

WFTU (1570 AM) is a college radio station licensed to Riverhead, New York and is owned and operated by Five Towns College on Long Island. It broadcasts a Variety format featuring programming produced by current students and faculty of Five Towns College. The station is also operated by a student management staff under the guidance of the general manager, a staff professor. The studio is located on the campus in Dix Hills, New York and transmitter is in Riverside, New York. The station also streams on the internet from its website.


WFTU began as Top 40 WAPC on August 8, 1963 to continue the signal of WPAC/1580 to the east. It would later become WHRF as "Wharf Radio" and then the A.M. side of WRCN-FM in 1974 as WRCN.[4]

Several notable air personalities emerged from WHRF, including Don Cannon (Dirty Don),[citation needed] who worked in the Philadelphia market for many years.

Five Towns College (2001–present)[edit]

In late 2006, the station began showcasing the student and staff musicians through a weekly impromptu performance outside the station or in the college's cafeteria. WFTU also occasionally broadcasts live music performances from the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts and the other performance venues on the college campus. WFTU also has a program called "Theatre of the Air," where students re-enact the old days of radio through old radio dramas. The first of these events had so many on-line listeners, the station's server crashed.[5] In late 2012, WFTU became home to That Other Metal Show.

The station briefly went silent in January 2017[6] and resumed operations in January 2018.[7]


  1. ^ 1969 Broadcasting Yearbook, page B-117
  2. ^ 1968 Broadcasting Yearbook, page B-113. 1570 is now listed as WHRF.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Long Island Radio History, A.M. stations.
  5. ^ Snyder, Stephen (April 19, 2007). "Something special on the air...". Newsday. pp. combined ed. B section. 
  6. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Correspondence Folder". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 

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