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City Clinton, New York
Broadcast area Utica, New York
Slogan "Pumpin' the Wattage Into Yo' Cottage"[1]
Frequency 88.7 MHz
Repeater(s) none
First air date 1941-1948, 1958
Format variety
ERP 270 watts
HAAT 29.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 68224
Transmitter coordinates 43°3′4.00″N 75°24′24.00″W / 43.0511111°N 75.4066667°W / 43.0511111; -75.4066667
Callsign meaning Hamilton CoLlege
Affiliations Hamilton College
Owner Trustees of Hamilton College
Website WHCL.org

WHCL-FM (88.7 FM) is an independent, non-profit, and educational college radio station licensed to the Trustees of Hamilton College operating out of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA.[2][3] It is the only radio station in the town of Clinton. The station serves the Utica area and broadcasts a variety of music around the Mohawk Valley. The station is student-run with a community adviser.


The format of WHCL has been freeform since its inception. Every semester, a weekly schedule is set comprising student, professor, and community member shows. These shows start on the top of the hour and typically last for either one or two hours. Due to the large student investment, there is a wide diversity of radio music on the show; including indie, rap, world music, country, and metal. Several professors also host shows relating to their subject of discourse, including Latin music, theatrical dramas and jazz.[4] These music shows are also interspersed with several talk shows covering a breadth of topics, including sports discussion, politics, lyrical analysis, pop culture and culinary discourse. Specialty shows are occasionally held for notable events, including sports programming and fundraising events for alumni.[5] At least one non-student-operated show runs on the station: Gary Sroka's "Saturday Polka Review," formerly on WUTQ and WUSP, moved to WHCL in late 2015 after WUSP suddenly shut down.

The station is in operation during the academic year and over the summer, typically between the hours of 8 AM to 1 AM, but does not operate overnight. The station does not operate between scheduled programs which are listed on the website. A stream of the broadcasting audio is available on the website.


The WHCL Executive Board hosts a publication and a variety of events for the campus community. The Radio Board creates a monthly publication called The Wattage which chronicles new album reviews, music thought pieces, community answers to questions, and the schedule. In addition to this, the board hosts thematic story sharing sessions at points throughout the semester. WHCL also is responsible for hosting and funding concerts for students on the Hamilton College campus, including the Cloud Nothings. The station hosts CD drives to benefit the station and community. The WHCL community is one of the largest and most popular clubs on campus.


  1. ^ whcl887.tumblr.com
  2. ^ "WHCL-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton College Radio Station WHCL is Back on the Air". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Students and Faculty Perform Radio Drama on X-Viper Hour". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  5. ^ "24-Hour Radio Marathon Aims for 615 Donors". Hamilton College. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 

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