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WYPL logo.png
City Memphis, Tennessee
Broadcast area Memphis
Branding Memphis Public Library Reading Radio
Slogan The Info Hub Of The Midsouth
Frequency 89.3 MHz
Format radio reading service
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 382.0 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 13996
Transmitter coordinates 35°28′3.00″N 90°11′27.00″W / 35.4675000°N 90.1908333°W / 35.4675000; -90.1908333
Callsign meaning Your Public Library
Former callsigns WLYX; WTTL (West Tennessee Talking Library)
Affiliations BBC News
audio simulcast of NBC Nightly News
Owner Memphis Public Library & Information Center
Website Official website

WYPL (89.3 FM) is a non-commercial radio station that serves the area of Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States. The station is owned by the award-winning Memphis Public Library & Information Center[1] and provides an open radio reading service to patrons, a type of service usually available elsewhere in the United States only on special leased receivers.[2][3]

Volunteers present daily readings of The Commercial Appeal, USA Today, and other newspapers. The station also features book readings, author interviews, news programming provided by BBC News, and audio simulcasts of the midday newscasts of WMC-TV (Channel 5), along with the NBC Nightly News. The station has been selected by the American Foundation for the Blind as the Model Radio Reading Service.[4]

Locally produced programs include Book Talk, which features interviews with authors; Library News; Eye On Vision, which features interviews with doctors and also provides information on research and development in vision and eye care; and Night Owl, a story-reading program aimed at children 6 and under, co-ordinated to a probable bedtime.[5]

It is unknown exactly when the station first signed on the air as a subcarrier station but it moved to the 89.3 frequency on April 17, 1991; that frequency first went on air as WLYX, a station owned by Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), and was known as "The Alternative." The free format station was operated by a volunteer staff with broadly eclectic taste, and was widely influential in bringing punk and new wave to the Memphis market in the early 1980s.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Sullivan, Bartholomew (January 15, 2008). "Memphis Library honored at White House ceremony". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  2. ^ "WYPL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "WYPL Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ "WYPL 89.3". Memphis Public Library. 
  5. ^ "WYPL Schedule". 

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