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City Edwardsville, Illinois
Broadcast area Greater St. Louis
Slogan The Jazz Station
Frequency 88.7 MHz FM
First air date January 1969
Format Jazz
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 152 metres (499 ft)
Class B
Callsign meaning W (east of the Mississippi)
Affiliations National Public Radio (NPR)
Owner Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
(Board of Trustees,
Southern Illinois University)

WSIE is a public radio station in Edwardsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Owned by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, it is the primary jazz station for the Greater St. Louis area. It also broadcasts news and student programming, and is the anchor station for SIUE Sports' Cougar Network.[1]

Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in January 1969,[2] WSIE operates with 50,000-watts of effective radiated power (ERP) at 88.7 megahertz in the FM band.[3]

A member of National Public Radio, the station's studios are in Dunham Hall,[1] and the transmitter and 420 feet (130 m)[3] tower are located near the Supporting Services Building on the SIUE campus.[4]

WSIE is used as a training ground for students of the SIUE Mass Communications Department. Among broadcasters who received training at WSIE are Frank O Pinion (John Craddock); Megan Lynch, Ralph Graczak and Tom Calhoun of KMOX; Dewayne Staats (currently the play-by-play commentator with MLB's Tampa Bay Rays on Sun Sports); Paul Schankmann; Elizabeth Erwin; Steve Jankowski; Sara Wojcicki; Frank Akers (WSIE's current general manager); Tom Dehner (WSIE's current news director); and Tom Casey.

WSIE also streams its programming on the internet. A separately programmed web-radio operation was previously run by WSIE, but it is now operated independently, although it remains a University activity.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "WSIE Radio FM 88.7". 
  2. ^ "SIUE Archives - SIUE 50th Anniversary Historical Timeline". 
  3. ^ a b "WSIE-FM 88.7 MHz". Theodric Technologies LLC. 
  4. ^ SIUE Campus Map
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 38°47′36″N 89°59′56″W / 38.793405°N 89.998927°W / 38.793405; -89.998927