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|Broadcast area||Hartford, Connecticut|
|First air date||February 26, 1947|
|ERP||300 watts, Stereo|
|Callsign meaning||W Radio Trinity College|
|Former frequencies||620 kc. (1947–1949)|
550 kc. (1949-1950)
620 kc. (1950-1956)
|Owner||Trinity College (Connecticut)|
WRTC-FM is a non-commercial FM radio station based in Hartford, Connecticut, which primarily serves the metropolitan Hartford market. WRTC broadcasts a diverse format featuring nearly 60 weekly programs ranging from rock, jazz, Caribbean, Latin, and soul to hip hop, funk, gospel, blues, and Broadway. The station, owned by Trinity College, can be found on the dial at 89.3 MHz.
WRTC made its on-air debut on February 26, 1947, providing "innovative, community-based programming". It was one of the first stations in the Hartford area to play rock music and today airs more than 40 hours a week of a wide range of rock styles.
Music and interviews with artists
In the 1970s, Alien Rock was one of the first programs in the state to introduce art, progressive, and punk rock to listeners. Although there’s less progressive and art rock on the air today, it was once a mainstay during the 1970s and still has a place at WRTC, as do album-oriented (AOR) and Indie rock, house music, and techno offerings.
The station also runs 20 hours of Caribbean sounds each week, including bomba, calypso, compas, dancehall, lovers rock, merengue, reggaeton, rocksteady, roots reggae, ska, soca, and zouk, and over the years, on-air interviews have been conducted with such artists as: Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, The Heptones, Luciano, Junior Marvin, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Sizzla, Toots & the Maytals, Yellowman, and the sons of the late Bob Marley: Julian, Ky-Mani, and Stephen. Every weeknight brings a different spotlight on Latin programming, ranging from Latin contemporary music to salsa, merengue, or bachata.
Soul, funk, and blues music get thorough attention at the station: Midweek, the station features World O’ Funk, a long-running program features material rooted in the foundations of funk to present-day artists. Programming leansheavily on George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkedelic line-ups as well as the horn-laden godfather of soul, James Brown, as well as Sly & The Family Stone, Average White Band, and Mandrill. Regular interviews are conducted with those who made it happen.
Rounding out the genre, Saturday’s Greasy Tracks is steeped in Southern soul, but always manages to mix in late 1960s and early 1970s British blues stylists and extended acid jazz and fusion instrumentals. Since 2010, Greasy Tracks has presented an annual, single-day, Stax Records marathon of six or seven hours. The "Soulsville" special, believed to be the only program of its kind in the country, has featured interviews with 40-plus Stax-specific guests, including a veritable who’s who of Southern soul greats: William Bell, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Wayne Jackson, and David Porter among them. 
Now airing more than 40 hours per week, the Thought Power block of programming debuted in the summer of 1975. It offered an Afrocentric theme merging jazz, R&B, fusion, funk, and reggae, as well as Latin jazz and salsa. At the time, WRTC was one of only two area stations offering "black programming".
Tracing its origin back to the Black Experience block of programs, the formative years of Thought Power focused on public affairs concerns. It produced original, vibrant, educational programming and increased awareness of African-American culture.
The station has long produced programs focusing on community affairs and currently features The Community Talk Show, a bi-weekly panel discussion exploring topics ranging from social welfare, healthcare, and politics to economic development, law enforcement, and unemployment.
WRTC-FM hosts multiple music festivals in Hartford. See Trinity_College_(Connecticut)#Music.
- "Greasy Tracks radio show turns 20". West Hartford News. May 6, 2015.
- "Redding On the Radio". Hartford Courant.
- "Independent Bookstores In CT Celebrating Small Business Saturday". Hartford Courant. August 27, 2015.
- "WRTC's Greasy Tracks Hosts 4-Hour Duane Allman Retrospective This Saturday". Hartford Courant. November 11, 2014.
- "Computer Worker By Day, Soul Dj By Night". Hartford Courant. August 26, 1992.
- "History". WRTC. Archived from the original on 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
- WRTC-FM official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WRTC
- Radio-Locator information on WRTC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WRTC