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CityNew York, New York
Broadcast areaNew York metropolitan area
BrandingRadio New York
Frequency91.5 MHz FM
(HD Radio)
First air dateNovember 1938 (Apex band)
1942 (FM band)
FormatVariety, Educational
ERP2,000 watts[1]
HAAT281 meters (922 ft)[1]
Facility ID3539[1]
Callsign meaningW New York Education
Public Radio International
OwnerNYC Media
(New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications)
Sister stationsWNYE-TV
WebsiteRadio New York

WNYE (91.5 MHz) is a non-commercial educational FM radio station licensed to New York City. WNYE is operated by NYC Media, a division of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, along with WNYE-TV (channel 25). WNYE's studios are located at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue,[2] while its transmitter is located at the former Condé Nast Building. Because its funding comes from the City of New York, WNYE is different from most non-commercial radio stations in that it does not ask for listener donations and it airs no fund drives.


WNYE began broadcasting as a high-frequency Apex band station in November 1938 with the call sign WCNY, giving it an earlier starting date than any other FM station in New York City.[3] In October 1939 the call letters were changed to WNYE because the original call sign was considered to be too similar to WNYC, the New York City municipal station.[4] WNYE switched to 42.1 MHz in the old FM band in 1942. In 1946, it moved to 91.7 MHz, in today's current FM band; then in 1948, it settled at 91.5 MHz.

The station's original licensee was the New York City Board of Education, and as such WNYE was a laboratory devoted to programming designed for the city's public school system. As time went on, WNYE also broadcast adult learning, community-interest and ethnic programming as well. The station's studios and transmitter were originally located at the Brooklyn Technical High School. In 1967, the Board of Education added a television station, WNYE-TV Channel 25, also broadcasting classroom instruction programs and other educational shows. In the mid-1990s, WNYE's studios were moved to nearby George Westinghouse High School in Downtown Brooklyn.

In December 2004, the Department of Education transferred the licenses of WNYE-FM-TV to the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The transfer integrated WNYE-FM-TV's operations with those of the city-owned cable television services CUNY-TV and Crosswalks Television Network, combining them to form NYC Media. WNYE's programming format remained largely unchanged at that time, but in March 2007 the station was rebranded as "Radio New York, WNYE 91.5 FM," and in 2009 it launched its digital programming with a new transmitter located at the Condé Nast Building (4 Times Square).[5]


On February 11, 2008, the station management announced a partnership with Seattle station KEXP-FM to produce a new format branded as Radio Liberation,[6] featuring indie rock music simulcast from KEXP.[7] The format started on March 24, 2008, replacing a number of NPR, BBC and Public Radio International shows.[8]

On June 1, 2011 KEXP was replaced with The Alternate Side from Fordham University's WFUV.[9] It featured indie rock and alternative rock programming. This ended on August 21, 2015.[10]

As of August 31, 2015 WNYE airs adult album alternative music by simulcasting WFUV weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.[11] On weekday late mornings and afternoons, the station airs news programming from NPR and other public radio organizations. That includes the NPR news show "All Things Considered," "Here and Now" from WBUR-FM in Boston and "1A," a news and interview program from WAMU in Washington, D.C. Late nights, music programs are heard including the "World Cafe" from WXPN Philadelphia, "Afropop Worldwide" from Public Radio International and "Echoes" which specializes in ambient and electronic music. Evenings and weekends are devoted to ethnic programming for the Greek, Irish, Croatian, Haitian, Slavic and Brazilian communities. In the early 2010s, it carried New York Islanders hockey games, simulcast with WRHU in Hempstead, New York.


  1. ^ a b c d According to the Engineering details for WNYE-FM in their license application at the Federal Communications Commission, April 2009.
  2. ^ "Site of the Week 5/18/18: WNYE and CUNY-TV, New York". fybush.com.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 pg. C-144
  4. ^ "Radio and Education", Broadcasting, October 15, 1939, page 74.
  5. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg, DoITT commissioner Cosgrave, and NYC Media Group president Arick Wierson launch new transmitter site for WNYE 91.5 FM Radio New York at 4 Times Square", press release PR-109-09, City of New York. March 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "KEXP and Radio New York liberate listeners from the norm" (Press release). Pyramid Communications. 2008-02-11. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  7. ^ "Air raid", Time Out New York, Issue 651, Mar 19–25, 2008.
  8. ^ "Indie scene can be heard now on WNYE", Daily News, March 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "The Alternate Side Debuts On WNYE June 1", thealternateside.org, June 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "WFUV Dissolves The Alternate Side", radioinsight.com, August 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "radio-schedule". www1.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

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