|Broadcast area||South Bend|
|Branding||Your NPR Station
Inform, Entertain, Inspire
|First air date||1972|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Audience share||5.2 (FALL 2007, RRC)|
|Affiliations||American Public Media
National Public Radio
Public Radio International
|Owner||Elkhart Community Schools|
WVPE (88.1 FM) is the National Public Radio member station for the Michiana region of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. Licensed to Elkhart, Indiana and owned by Elkhart Community Schools, it features programming from NPR, American Public Media and Public Radio International. The station has obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 11,000 watts.
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The station went on the air in 1972 as a student operated station.
In 1982, the station added its first full-time staff person and started a transition away from a student lab to serve the public as a public radio service. In 1983, the station started playing jazz, blues, folk and other music
In 1987, the station added its first public radio news programming and qualified for federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1990.
Throughout the 1980s, WVPE grew in its services and audience with a mix of jazz, blues and folk music.
In 1991, the station joined National Public Radio bringing NPR News programming back to the region after a 16-month absence.
In 2000, WVPE was recognized with awards from Indiana Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists followed by six awards in 2002 for news coverage (including Best Newscast from IAP, and Spectrum Award from IBA for Best News Story).
In 2003, the station received 11 awards for news coverage including an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting.
In 2007 the station's Michiana Chronicles commentary series won a regional Murrow award for writing. The weekly series presents stories and essays by local writers from Michiana, the region of north-central Indiana and southern Michigan roughly centered on South Bend.
Since 1984 Ole' Harv has done the Blues Revue radio program supporting the blues in the Michiana area. Stream live each Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST at www.wvpe.org/blues_revue.html Other programming includes, in addition to Diane Rehm and Thistle & Shamrock, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, This American Life, Mountain Stage, The Moth and Only a Game.