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City Keene, New Hampshire
Branding Keene 91.3 FM
Slogan "We Know New Hampshire!"
Frequency 91.3 MHz
First air date 1971[1]
Format College
ERP 275 watts
HAAT -118 meters (-386 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 6681
Transmitter coordinates 42°55′36″N 72°16′54″W / 42.92667°N 72.28167°W / 42.92667; -72.28167
Former callsigns WKSC
Affiliations Pacifica Radio
Owner Keene State College
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.wknh.org/

WKNH (91.3 FM, "Keene 91.3 FM") is a student-run radio station licensed to serve Keene, New Hampshire.[1] The station is owned by Keene State College. The station started out as WKNH 89.1 FM - The Sound Alternative and was initially sponsored by long-time KSC staff member Lou Dumont. Early station managers like Lisa Mesce, Stephanie Hamitty and Ken Wilson built a foundation based on "creativity and excellence". Early music directors Steve Tyrrell and Bill Harris created open format programming allowing on-air personnel extensive creative control over programming. WKNH provide programming 7 days a week and 24 hours a day on the weekends. Al Dalton and Mark Barlow were the anchors of the weekend programming. Starting on Friday evening Dalton provided the overnight "All Night Rock and Roll Show" and Barlow ended it with the "Sunday Sundown Jazz Show" In between those anchors on-air talent such as Steve Tyrrell, Marshall Hall, Bob Zurek, Judy Belanger, Kevin Riley, Kevin Lemeiux, Karen Croland and Bill Verdere made certain WKNH was continually on the air. Charles Moser directed an award-winning news staff. WKNH promoted live in-studio music programming, local dances and concerts. Muscicians such as Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush, Whole Wheat, Atlanta Rhythm Section and America showed up at WKNH to chat and provide listeners an excerpt of new music or upcoming concerts.

KSC airs a college radio format.[2] The WKNH studios are located on the third floor of the Young Student Center on the Keene State College campus.[1]


Music played on WKNH includes alternative rock, indie rock, world music, jazz, reggae, hip hop, hardcore, metal, folk, and other eclectic selections typical of college radio stations.[3] Longform programming includes shows news and commentary shows such as Pacifica's Democracy Now. The station's DJ content is predominantly student and local community member-based, with basic DJ qualifications being "if you are a Keene State College student, faculty member, or a member of the Keene community within driving distance [to the station]".[4] The station airs live performances of plays, bands and poetry on a regular basis, which is posted on the station's website previous to the events.[5] WKNH began streaming its programming live on the internet from its wknh.org website on January 1, 2006.[6]

Community work[edit]

In November 2012, WKNH released a compilation of rare and unreleased acoustic tracks called Give Some to the Starving Artist featuring songs from Max Bemis of Say Anything, Owen, The Civil Wars, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin among others. All proceeds from the compilation went towards the funding and continued operation of the Keene arts venue/collective The Starving Artist.[7] The compilation also featured songs from local artists along with album art created by graphic designers from The Keene State Equinox.


  1. ^ a b c Ball, Melissa (October 13, 2005). "About WKNH". Keene Equinox. 
  2. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ Bellardinelli, Nora (November 30, 2003). "Welcome to WKNH, your student-run radio station". Keene Equinox. 
  4. ^ http://wknh.tumblr.com/forms
  5. ^ Sylvia, Andrew (April 18, 2002). "Live Radio Poetry well received at Night Owl". Keene Equinox. 
  6. ^ Martorana, David (April 27, 2006). "WKNH finds international listener". Keene Equinox. 
  7. ^ http://wknh.bandcamp.com/

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