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CityScranton, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaNortheastern Pennsylvania
Frequency89.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)See § Simulcasts and translators
Repeater(s)See § Simulcasts and translators
First air dateApril 23, 1973
FormatAnalog/HD1: Public Radio/Classical/Jazz
HD3: Jazz ("The Chiaroscuro Channel")
ERP7,400 watts (analog)
295 watts (digital)[1]
HAAT381 meters (1,250 ft)
Facility ID49436
Transmitter coordinates41°10′55.0″N 75°52′17.0″W / 41.181944°N 75.871389°W / 41.181944; -75.871389 (WVIA-FM) (NAD27)
OwnerNortheastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association
Sister stationsWVIA-TV
WebcastListen Live

WVIA-FM (89.9 FM) is a non-commercial, public FM radio station licensed to serve Scranton, Pennsylvania and is the National Public Radio member station for Northeastern Pennsylvania. The station is owned by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association along with its sister television station, WVIA-TV. Studios are based in Jenkins Township, near Pittston, and the broadcast tower shared by the stations is located on Penobscot Knob near Mountain Top at (41°10′55.0″N 75°52′16.0″W / 41.181944°N 75.871111°W / 41.181944; -75.871111).[2][3]

WVIA-FM uses HD Radio.[4][5] The station owns Chiaroscuro Records and broadcasts "The Chiaroscuro Channel" on its HD3 channel with a jazz format.[6]


WVIA-FM signed on for the first time on April 23, 1973.

The building housing the transmitters for WVIA-FM and WVIA-TV was destroyed by fire on February 12, 2010.[7] WVIA-FM resumed broadcasting at low power on February 17, 2010,[8] and returned to full-power at Noon on August 3, 2010.[9]

WVIA-FM has operated a translator at 89.3 FM in Williamsport since the late 1970s. In 2002, WVIA-FM's owners signed on WVYA, a full-power Class A station, to provide better coverage in that area. In 2010, a third full-power station, WTIO in Mainesburg, was brought online, taking over from a translator that had served the Tioga Valley.[10] A fourth station joined the group in 2012, when WPAU signed on from Palmyra Township to serve the far northeastern corner of the state.[11]

Simulcasts and translators[edit]

Three full-power stations are licensed to simulcast the programming of WVIA-FM full-time:

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates Service contour
WPAU 91.5 FM Palmyra Township, Pennsylvania 173824 400 167 m (548 ft) A 41°24′43.0″N 75°09′51.0″W / 41.411944°N 75.164167°W / 41.411944; -75.164167 (WPAU) (NAD27) Covers Hawley and the Lake Wallenpaupack area
WTIO 88.3 FM Mainesburg, Pennsylvania 177089 48 258.6 m (848 ft) A 41°45′34.0″N 76°55′31.0″W / 41.759444°N 76.925278°W / 41.759444; -76.925278 (WTIO) (NAD27) Covers Mansfield, Pennsylvania
WVYA 89.7 FM (HD) Williamsport, Pennsylvania 92638 3,300 (analog)
132 (digital)[12]
−5 m (−16 ft) A 41°14′54.0″N 77°01′52.0″W / 41.248333°N 77.031111°W / 41.248333; -77.031111 (WVYA) (NAD27)
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

WVIA-FM programming is broadcast on the following translators:

Broadcast translators of WVIA-FM
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W207AA 89.3 Williamsport, Pennsylvania 10 D FCC
W212AT 90.3 Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 2 D FCC
W232AM 94.3 Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 250 D FCC
W235AD 94.9 Pottsville, Pennsylvania 120 D FCC
W257AI 99.3 Allentown, Pennsylvania 4 D FCC
W261CA 100.1 Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 250 D FCC
W289AH 105.7 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 75 D FCC
W289AI 105.7 Sunbury, Pennsylvania 11 D FCC
Broadcast translators of WTIO
Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W278AO 103.5 Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 55 D FCC


  1. ^ "Digital Radio Notification [WVIA-FM]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. August 17, 2010. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  2. ^ "FM Query Results for WVIA-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "FM Query Results for WVIA-TV". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "Radio - WVIA". wvia.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ "Station Search Details for WVIA-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. ^ "Listen Live - Radio - WVIA". wvia.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. ^ Gaydos, Kristen (February 13, 2010). "Fire destroys WVIA building, knocks out signal". The Citizens' Voice. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "WVIA Back Following Transmitter Fire". TV New Check, The Business of Broadcasting. 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  9. ^ "WVIA FM returns to Full Power after February Transmitter Fire". publicbroadcasting.net. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  10. ^ WVIA station history
  11. ^ Promo announcing WPAU's sign-on
  12. ^ "Digital Radio Notification [WVYA]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. August 17, 2010. Retrieved 2018-11-19.

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