WHAD

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WHAD
Wisconsin Public Radio Logo.png
CityDelafield, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Madison
BrandingIdeas 90.7, WHAD
Frequency90.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateMay 30, 1948
FormatWisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network
HD 2: Classical music
ERP72,000 watts
HAAT208 meters (682 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID63091
Transmitter coordinates43°1′42.00″N 88°23′32.00″W / 43.0283333°N 88.3922222°W / 43.0283333; -88.3922222
Callsign meaningWHA Delafield [1]
AffiliationsNPR
OwnerWisconsin Educational Communications Board
WebcastListen Live
Websitewpr.org

WHAD (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Delafield, Wisconsin and serving the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Part of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), it airs WPR's "Ideas Network", consisting of news and talk programming. Like the Milwaukee area's other NPR station, WUWM (licensed to Milwaukee proper), the station airs BBC World Service in the overnight hours. WHAD maintains a local news staff and cut-ins outside of the main WPR network, and the station's facilities, located on the seventh floor of 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee (by coincidence, also hosting the studios of commercial sports radio station WAUK), originate some programming for the network, including Kathleen Dunn's afternoon program until her retirement in the summer of 2017. WHAD has its own 414 studio line for Milwaukee callers to call into locally originated programs. Because of the lack of a sister station providing WPR's News and Classical Network to Milwaukee, WHAD provides the HD2 Classical Network via HD Radio to the market via their HD2 subchannel, which only differs from the News and Classical Network in having a full-classical format overlaying NPR and APM news programming exclusive to WUWM in the market; it became the market's only classical music station over the air in 2007 after WFMR abandoned the format commercially.[2]

The current-day WHAD is of no relation to the WHAD in Milwaukee which broadcast in the 1920s and early 1930s under the ownership of Marquette University before being merged in 1934 into what is now the current-day station WISN (1130).

The station's transmitter is located in western Waukesha County just south of Delafield, almost halfway between Milwaukee and Madison. It thus provides some coverage to eastern portions of Madison when Ideas Network flagship WHA must dramatically reduce its power at night (translators of WHA, which the FCC formerly reckoned as part of the WHAD license, also provide FM Ideas Network service to Madison and Dane County at night). Since its transmitter is located further south and west than most of Milwaukee's other major FM stations (which traditionally transmit from various towers across Milwaukee's north side), its signal is not as strong in the northern part of the market. Sister stations WRST in Oshkosh (also serving Fond du Lac) and WSHS in Sheboygan provide Ideas Network service to the northern part of the nine-county Milwaukee market area, and other distant portions didn't get a clear signal for Ideas Network programming at all until the advent of streaming audio.

See also[edit]

Wisconsin Public Radio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=32 HD Radio Guide for Milwaukee

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