|Broadcast area||Delaware Valley|
|Branding||WHYY 91 FM|
|Slogan||"Radio That's Worth Your Time"|
|Frequency||90.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Repeater(s)||See § New Jersey expansion and controversy|
|First air date||December 14, 1954|
|HAAT||280 meters (920 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Wider Horizons for You and Yours|
|Former callsigns||WUHY (1963–1983)|
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WHYY-FM (90.9 FM, "91 FM") is a public FM radio station licensed to serve Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its broadcast tower is located in the city's Roxborough neighborhood at ( ), while its studios and offices are located on Independence Mall in Center City, Philadelphia. The station, owned by WHYY, Inc., is a charter member of National Public Radio (NPR) and contributes several programs to the national network.
WHYY signed on the air on December 14, 1954, owned by the Metropolitan Philadelphia Educational Radio and Television Corporation. It was the first broadcasting station in Philadelphia devoted solely to education. In 1957, it added a sister television station, Channel 35 WHYY-TV. In 1963, when WHYY-TV moved from Channel 35 in Philadelphia to Channel 12 in Wilmington, Delaware, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations in effect at the time forced the radio station to change its call sign to WUHY. It regained its original call sign in 1983.
When NPR was formed in 1970, the station became a charter member and was one of the 90 stations that carried the initial broadcast of All Things Considered.
Until 1990, WHYY served the region as a non-commercial station with a format that featured mostly classical music with some jazz and folk music. The management decision to establish a news/talk radio format was a departure from the classical music that most public radio stations were programming. The format switch resulted in protests from many of the station's listening audience who were among WHYY's major contributors. Temple University's WRTI (90.1 FM) began programming classical music during the day to serve the displaced listeners.
In an August 2007 article, popular Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Karen Heller called for a boycott of WHYY. And in September 2007 an anonymous group of WHYY employees sent an open letter to Marrazzo, the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia magazine, accusing him of "a serious lack of understanding when it comes to creating ... a healthy workplace" and assailing his salary as "excessive and inappropriate." The five-page letter concluded with a call for Marrazzo to resign.
On June 6, 2011, the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority agreed to sell five FM stations in Southern New Jersey to WHYY. The purchase was made through an anonymous one-million dollar grant and a non-cash agreement that included scholarships for students and teachers. The five stations were previously the southern portion of the New Jersey Network's statewide radio service.
The transaction was announced by Governor Chris Christie, as part of his long-term goal to end state-subsidized public broadcasting. The governor's critics maintained that scrapping New Jersey Network effectively ended all non-commercial statewide news coverage. It was also noted that the sale eliminated a source of legislative oversight frequently critical of the Christie administration.
WHYY assumed control of the stations through a management agreement on July 1, 2011, pending FCC approval for the acquisition. At that point, the stations began to simulcast WHYY-FM programming. The five stations are:
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||ERP
|WNJB-FM||89.3 FM||Bridgeton, New Jersey||48934||2,500 vert, 1 horiz||67 meters (220 ft)||A||NAD27)(|
|WNJM||89.9 FM||Manahawkin, New Jersey||48460||250 vert, 1 horiz||69.5 meters (228 ft)||A||NAD27)(|
|WNJN-FM||89.7 FM||Atlantic City, New Jersey||48483||6,000 vert, 25 horiz||84 meters (276 ft)||A||NAD27)(|
|WNJS-FM||88.1 FM||Berlin, New Jersey||48486||80 vert, 1 horiz||287 meters (942 ft)||A||NAD27)(|
|WNJZ||90.3 FM||Cape May Court House, New Jersey||48464||6,000||72 meters (236 ft)||A||NAD27)(|
The stations all operate at relatively modest power due to the crowded state of the FM dial in the northeastern United States. However, their combined footprint gives WHYY-FM listeners coverage from Berks County to the Jersey Shore.
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