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City Chicago, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago
Frequency 88.9 MHz
Format Variety student radio
ERP 17 watts
HAAT 27.0 meters (88.6 ft)
Class D
Facility ID 28307
Transmitter coordinates 41°50′4″N 87°37′43″W / 41.83444°N 87.62861°W / 41.83444; -87.62861Coordinates: 41°50′4″N 87°37′43″W / 41.83444°N 87.62861°W / 41.83444; -87.62861
Callsign meaning Illinois Institute of Technology
Former callsigns WOUI (1972–2001)[1]
Owner Illinois Institute of Technology
Website radio.iit.edu

WIIT (FM 88.9 MHz) is the broadcast radio station of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. It is a student-run, non-commercial station.[2]

The station has an open format and focuses on allowing students and community members to experience broadcast.


WIIT was an AM radio station through the 1960s, using the name WIIT Radio 64.[3] It was simulcasting on AM 640 and stereo FM 88.9 by the end of January 1972.[4]

The station was forced to change its callsign to WOUI in 1972 because WIIT was similar to WAIT (AM).[5] After the WAIT callsign was dropped,[5] the IIT station eventually returned to its original call letters, WIIT, on February 23, 2001.[1]

The station moved to a newly constructed studio in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center in 2004 following a significant alumni donation, and that new studio was renovated once again in 2013.

Shows broadcast by the station as of 2016 include a mix of student and community DJs, covering a wide range of musical genres from alternative rock to R&B to experimental noise, and talk topics from contemporary politics to senior citizen advocacy to university history.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Washington, D.C.: Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Welcome". Chicago: Illinois Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  3. ^ Bellinger, Steve. "Your Memories". Chicago: Illinois Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2015-05-16. One of my favorite memories was hosting my own program on WIIT Radio 64. I was there when it went FM... 
  4. ^ "Announcements" (PDF). Technology News. 91 (2). Chicago: Illinois Institute of Technology. January 28, 1972. p. 4. Retrieved 2015-05-16. Tune in 7-12pm WIIT 640 AM, 88.9 FM (stereo). 
  5. ^ a b Gannavarapu, Bhargava (April 2, 2001). "Where Has WOUI Gone?" (PDF). TechNews. 150 (9). Chicago: Illinois Institute of Technology. pp. 1, 3. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Current Schedule". WIIT. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 

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