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WSCA logo.png
City Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Portsmouth area
Slogan "Portsmouth Community Radio"
Frequency 106.1 MHz
Format Community Radio
ERP 100 watts
HAAT 26.6 meters
Class L1
Facility ID 126863
Transmitter coordinates 43°4′33.00″N 70°45′37.00″W / 43.0758333°N 70.7602778°W / 43.0758333; -70.7602778
Callsign meaning SeaCoAst
Owner Seacoasts Arts And Cultural Alliance
Webcast Listen Live

WSCA-LP (106.1 FM) is a low-power community radio station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; the mission of Portsmouth Community Radio is to operate a nonprofit, listener supported, volunteer driven, non-commercial FM community radio station dedicated to serving the greater Portsmouth community.


Original studio set-up in November 2004.

WSCA-LP began broadcasting on September 12, 2004. Its launch came at the end of a three-day Prometheus Radio Project "barnraising" event during which time a vacant factory space was converted into a fully functional radio station. More than 200 volunteers attended the event from several distant states as well as Canada and England.[1][2][3]

The station's parent organization is the Seacoast Arts and Cultural Alliance.[4]

Political significance[edit]

Judd Gregg, then-senator and former governor of New Hampshire, led the opposition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's plans to license low-power radio stations, most notably by sponsoring the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act.[5] Prometheus Technical Director Pete Tridish said the group "wanted to help build a station right in the state of the man in the Senate, Senator Judd Gregg, who has done the most to oppose community radio."[3] Gregg's senatorial challenger, Doris "Granny D" Haddock was invited to speak at the barnraising.[1][6][7]


Portsmouth Community Radio is a mixed format station. Like many community stations it broadcasts diverse and alternative programming, most of which is produced locally and reflects the cultural, educational, artistic, civic, and business fabric of the listening community. It has become known for its original public affairs programs, which number more than those of the local NPR affiliate.[8]


  1. ^ a b Prometheus Radio Project. (2004). "Our Sixth Barnraising". Prometheus Radio Project. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  2. ^ Portsmouth Community Radio. (n.d.). "Brief history of WSCA". Portsmouth Community Radio. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Sassaman, Hannah. (2004, September 9). "Alert! Barnraising in Portsmouth Begins Friday! Read Me!". Save Grassroots Radio mailing list archive. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  4. ^ "WSCA-LP Facility Record". U.S. Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  5. ^ House Report 106-567 - RADIO BROADCASTING PRESERVATION ACT OF 2000. "[1]". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  6. ^ Donnis, Ian. (2004, August). "Proponents resume push on micro-broadcasting". Providence Phoenix. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  7. ^ Trodson, Lars. (2000, October 20). "Director fights for some space on the airwaves". Portsmouth Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  8. ^ Prometheus Radio Project. (n.d.). "Station Profile: WSCA 106.1 LPFM – Portsmouth Community Radio". Prometheus Radio Project. Retrieved 2 August 2013.

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