|City||Traverse City, Michigan|
|Branding||IPR News Radio|
|First air date||September 13, 2000|
|Format||Public radio; News/talk|
|Callsign meaning||Interlochen Center for the Arts|
|Owner||Interlochen Center for the Arts|
WICA (91.5 FM) is a radio station in Traverse City, Michigan. The station is owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is the flagship station of Interlochen Public Radio's "IPR News Radio" network, consisting of NPR news/talk programming.
WICA 91.5 FM began broadcasting on September 13, 2000. On a historical note, this call sign was used by a station in Northeastern Ohio until the mid seventies. At 4,000 watts, its signal does not have nearly the reach of sister station WIAA, presumably to protect WMHW-FM in Mount Pleasant.
When WICA signed on, all NPR news and talk programming moved there from WIAA and satellite station WICV This left Cadillac, the second-largest city in IPR's coverage area, without a clear signal for most NPR programming. WICA's grade B signal just misses Cadillac, and in much of the southern portion of the market, it can only be reliably heard on car radios. Partly to alleviate ths problem, Interlochen signed on WLMN in Manistee in August 2010. However, WLMN's signal doesn't reach Cadillac.
In the spring of 2011, a third IPR News Radio signal began operations with the sign-on of WHBP 90.1 FM in Harbor Springs, Michigan, expanding the network's reach to include the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Mackinaw City area.
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