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WHYY-FM 90.9 Sign-Off, December 1984
WHYY-FM 90.9 Sign-Off, December 1984
Published: 2009/07/14
Channel: novice841
WUHY - WHYY 90.9 FM Philadelphia
WUHY - WHYY 90.9 FM Philadelphia
Published: 2012/01/22
Channel: PhilaVideo
(2006/07/12) WHYY-FM "Fresh Air", Thom
(2006/07/12) WHYY-FM "Fresh Air", Thom
Published: 2011/10/20
Channel: Radiohead's interviews' archive
WHYY Philadelphia (1988)
WHYY Philadelphia (1988)
Published: 2015/10/03
Channel: KStarCLG
WHYY!?
WHYY!?
Published: 2008/10/03
Channel: Combuskenisawesome
WHYY FM "Artist Vision of Night Sky" by Peter Crimmins
WHYY FM "Artist Vision of Night Sky" by Peter Crimmins
Published: 2014/01/15
Channel: ThePrintCenter
WHYY-  PBS   logos
WHYY- PBS logos
Published: 2011/07/11
Channel: andytdesigns
Project Home Grant - WHYY FM
Project Home Grant - WHYY FM
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: The Philadelphia Foundation
WHYY-FM News covers creation of the Institute for Journalism in New Media
WHYY-FM News covers creation of the Institute for Journalism in New Media
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: The Philadelphia Foundation
Tee Whyy ft. Saii - On Time (Prod. Slicc Blue) [New 2017] (BestInTheWestRap)
Tee Whyy ft. Saii - On Time (Prod. Slicc Blue) [New 2017] (BestInTheWestRap)
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: THEBITWEST
WHYY Springbreak Camp 2017 | Students Request Historical Plaque for MOVE House
WHYY Springbreak Camp 2017 | Students Request Historical Plaque for MOVE House
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY file 1992
WHYY file 1992
Published: 2011/07/26
Channel: NewsWorks
WHYY Friday Arts 1 6 2017
WHYY Friday Arts 1 6 2017
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: phillycircus
WHYY FM - The Pulse - Fridays at 9am
WHYY FM - The Pulse - Fridays at 9am
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: WHYYPromo
Backstage WHYY " Why I Like This Book 2017"
Backstage WHYY " Why I Like This Book 2017"
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Natalia Altuve-Danes
WHYY 1982 Sign-On Spoof
WHYY 1982 Sign-On Spoof
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: JHand04
WHYY CAPCOM???
WHYY CAPCOM???
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: S-Ride001
WHYY Logo from Philadelphia 1986-1997
WHYY Logo from Philadelphia 1986-1997
Published: 2008/01/01
Channel: Willy Freebody
WHYY TV-12 Logo Animation 1989
WHYY TV-12 Logo Animation 1989
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: GetBlueSpheres
WHYY 12 Wilmington Philadelphia ID (1982)
WHYY 12 Wilmington Philadelphia ID (1982)
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Pannoni 9
Whyy
Whyy
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Clips Vid
WHYY Media Lab at Northeast | One Way Ticket
WHYY Media Lab at Northeast | One Way Ticket
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY TV 12 Weather Report with Sue Serio (July 1989)
WHYY TV 12 Weather Report with Sue Serio (July 1989)
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: ntheory
WHYY Media Lab at Palumbo | What is Good Hair?
WHYY Media Lab at Palumbo | What is Good Hair?
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: whyyphila
Quick Pic: "Gifted" | WHYY
Quick Pic: "Gifted" | WHYY's Flicks
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY Summer Filmmakers: Coordinates
WHYY Summer Filmmakers: Coordinates
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: whyyphila
"Finding Dory" | WHYY
"Finding Dory" | WHYY's Flicks
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: whyyphila
Quick Pic: "Churchill" | WHYY
Quick Pic: "Churchill" | WHYY's Flicks
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: whyyphila
People of Philadelphia | WHYY Afterschool
People of Philadelphia | WHYY Afterschool
Published: 2013/02/27
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY Philadelphia Ident - Kerrigan Variant
WHYY Philadelphia Ident - Kerrigan Variant
Published: 2011/01/23
Channel: VaultMasterDBT
WHYY CEO Bill Marrazzo with Community Options CEO Robert Stack
WHYY CEO Bill Marrazzo with Community Options CEO Robert Stack
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: CommunityOptions
ULYSSES SEEN on WHYY
ULYSSES SEEN on WHYY
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: robert berry
WHYY!!!!!
WHYY!!!!!
Published: 2017/04/22
Channel: TacoKidGamer
Peace Day | WHYY Flash Lab at Parkway Northwest 2015
Peace Day | WHYY Flash Lab at Parkway Northwest 2015
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY Philadelphia Interviews Diane Newbury, Hamilton Horticourt Co-Chair
WHYY Philadelphia Interviews Diane Newbury, Hamilton Horticourt Co-Chair
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: PHS
Quick Pic: "Paris Can Wait" | WHYY
Quick Pic: "Paris Can Wait" | WHYY's Flicks
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: whyyphila
Pollution in Philly | WHYY Middle School Journalism Camp
Pollution in Philly | WHYY Middle School Journalism Camp
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: whyyphila
RH Dyson Interview WHYY TV12 11 3 86
RH Dyson Interview WHYY TV12 11 3 86
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Richard Lombardi
WHYY: Nature Jams Be Kind CD Release Story (Lo-Fi)
WHYY: Nature Jams Be Kind CD Release Story (Lo-Fi)
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: Nature Jams
Philadelphia School Lunches | 2015 WHYY After-School
Philadelphia School Lunches | 2015 WHYY After-School
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY Media Lab at Dobbins | Outcast
WHYY Media Lab at Dobbins | Outcast
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: whyyphila
Philadelphia
Philadelphia's Sustainable Artists | 2016 WHYY Summer Journalist
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: whyyphila
Articulate // WHYY // Heather Ujiie
Articulate // WHYY // Heather Ujiie
Published: 2016/01/19
Channel: Moore College
Quick Pic: "Tommy
Quick Pic: "Tommy's Honour" | WHYY's Flicks
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY
WHYY's Flicks | "Mother's Day"
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: whyyphila
Yelp | WHYY Young Journalists
Yelp | WHYY Young Journalists
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: whyyphila
Yazmina Harris:
Yazmina Harris: 'WHYY I Like This Book' 2017 Commercial on WHYY TV
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Shakti Harris
WHYY Pledge Drive
WHYY Pledge Drive
Published: 2013/07/01
Channel: Michael Boorse
Food Culture in Philadelphia | WHYY Middle School Journalism Camp
Food Culture in Philadelphia | WHYY Middle School Journalism Camp
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: whyyphila
WHYY
WHYY's Flicks | "Criminal"
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: whyyphila
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WHYY-FM
WHYY-FM logo
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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 (1954-12-14)
Format Public radio
ERP 13,500 watts
HAAT 280 meters (920 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 72336
Transmitter coordinates 40°2′30″N 75°14′24″W / 40.04167°N 75.24000°W / 40.04167; -75.24000 (WHYY-FM) (NAD27)
Callsign meaning Wider Horizons for You and Yours
Former callsigns WUHY (1963–1983)
Affiliations NPR
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Owner WHYY, Inc.
Sister stations WHYY-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.whyy.org/91FM/

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 (40°02′30.9″N 75°14′21.9″W / 40.041917°N 75.239417°W / 40.041917; -75.239417 (Roxborough)),[1] 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.

History[edit]

WHYY signed on the air on December 14, 1954, owned by the Metropolitan Philadelphia Educational Radio and Television Corporation.[2] 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.

Programs produced[edit]

Entrance to the WHYY building on 6th Street, across from Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center
  • NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross, a Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Nearly 4.5 million people listen to the broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.[3] The program originated in 1975 as a local show before going national in 1987.
  • NewsWorks Tonight, a weekday daily program highlighting important news, events, and stories from WHYY's coverage area of Southeastern PA, Delaware, and Southern NJ.
  • Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane, a daily two-hour program that tackles wide range of issues.
  • You Bet Your Garden, an organic gardening call-in talk show hosted by Mike McGrath.
  • Voices in the Family Dr. Dan Gottlieb, psychologist and family therapist, along with guest experts, opens the line to callers to discuss issues that affect individuals and society, with special focus on family issues. The show airs weekly on Monday mornings. Its executive producer is Maiken Scott, WHYY’s Behavioral Health Reporter.
  • The Pulse a show that focuses on stories at the heart of health, science and innovation in the Philadelphia region. The show is hosted by WHYY's Behavioral Health Reporter Maiken Scott.

Format change[edit]

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.

CEO controversy[edit]

Controversy erupted in the summer of 2007 when station Chief Executive Officer Bill Marrazzo was cited by the watchdog group Charity Navigator as the highest paid CEO in all of public broadcasting.

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.[4][5]

New Jersey expansion and controversy[edit]

Dorrance Hamilton Media Commons, part of the WHYY building near Franklin Square

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.[6]

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.[7] The five stations are:

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates
WNJB-FM 89.3 FM Bridgeton, New Jersey 48934 2,500 vert, 1 horiz 67 meters (220 ft) A 39°27′35.0″N 75°09′28.0″W / 39.459722°N 75.157778°W / 39.459722; -75.157778 (WNJB-FM) (NAD27)
WNJM 89.9 FM Manahawkin, New Jersey 48460 250 vert, 1 horiz 69.5 meters (228 ft) A 39°41′53.0″N 74°14′6.0″W / 39.698056°N 74.235000°W / 39.698056; -74.235000 (WNJM) (NAD27)
WNJN-FM 89.7 FM Atlantic City, New Jersey 48483 6,000 vert, 25 horiz 84 meters (276 ft) A 39°27′40.0″N 74°41′6.0″W / 39.461111°N 74.685000°W / 39.461111; -74.685000 (WNJN-FM) (NAD27)
WNJS-FM 88.1 FM Berlin, New Jersey 48486 80 vert, 1 horiz 287 meters (942 ft) A 39°43′41.0″N 74°50′39.0″W / 39.728056°N 74.844167°W / 39.728056; -74.844167 (WNJS-FM) (NAD27)
WNJZ 90.3 FM Cape May Court House, New Jersey 48464 6,000 72 meters (236 ft) A 39°06′18.0″N 74°48′6.0″W / 39.105000°N 74.801667°W / 39.105000; -74.801667 (WNJZ) (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.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FM Query Results for WHYY". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 page A-357
  3. ^ "About 'Fresh Air'". npr.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Letter to the CEO". Philadelphia City Paper. 2007-09-05. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  5. ^ Volk, Steve (2007-10-05). "Dead Air". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Press release: "WHYY-FM TO EXPAND COVERAGE IN NEW JERSEY AS PART OF AGREEMENT TO TAKE OVER FIVE NJN STATIONS."" (PDF). WHYY, Inc. June 30, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "WHYY Philadelphia Expands New Jersey Coverage, NJN Is Kaput". Atlantic City Central. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Coverage Area". whyy.org. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 

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