WIIT

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WIIT
WIIT Radio Station.jpg
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.

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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