|Broadcast area||Savannah/Brunswick, Georgia|
|Slogan||"Georgia Public Broadcasting for the Coast"|
|Repeater(s)||88.9 WWIO-FM (Brunswick)|
|First air date||1981 April 20|
|HAAT||430.9 m (1,414 ft)|
|Owner||Georgia Public Broadcasting
(Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission)
WSVH FM 91.1 is a 96,000-watt public radio station broadcasting from Savannah, Georgia, and transmitting from the WVAN-TV 9 (GPB TV) tower to the west in Pembroke, Georgia, north of Fort Stewart. It serves the upper Georgia coast and areas well inland, and adjacent areas of far southern South Carolina.
The station's signal is simulcast by GPB-owned WWIO-FM 88.9 in Brunswick, Georgia. Together, the two stations serve the entire Georgia coastline. Their signals can be heard from Beaufort, South Carolina to Fernandina Beach, Florida.
The station group is an affiliate of the statewide Georgia Public Broadcasting radio network. WSVH is one of two member stations of the GPB Radio network to have local announcers and underwriting during the day. WSVH produces four radio programs for the GPB network: Celtic program The Green Island Radio Show with Harry O'Donoghue, folk show Music Americana with Russell Wells, "Classical Tonight", also hosted by Russell Wells, and the overnight classical block Coastal Nocturne.
The station began broadcasting on April 20, 1981, with the first song played on the station at 6 a.m. being Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The station was independently operated until 1988 when it joined the statewide public radio network, then named "Peach State Public Radio". In the early 1990s, the listening area was greatly improved with the addition of WWIO in extreme southeast Georgia; an overnight classical music format was also added. In 1997, the station moved its studio from downtown Savannah to the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on Skidaway Island, just south of Savannah. In August 2011, the WSVH/WWIO studios moved again to space at the Armstrong Center of Armstrong Atlantic State University.
The station airs mostly classical music, jazz and news from National Public Radio. This programming is in contrast to SCETV-owned WJWJ-FM 89.9, a Beaufort, South Carolina-based NPR station that is primarily news and talk-formatted.
When the PBS Descriptive Video Service is not running, viewers on DirecTV hear the programming and hourly station IDs of WSVH/WWIO when listening to the second audio program ("Spanish" selected with green button) of GPB on the standard-definition feed. This is regardless of the location in the state, as it is a single feed for all media markets statewide.
- WSVH official website
- Georgia Public Broadcasting
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WSVH
- Radio-Locator information on WSVH
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WSVH
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WWIO
- Radio-Locator information on WWIO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WWIO