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City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Frequency 90.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
90.5 HD-2 for Alternating MPS Jazz/News
90.5 HD-3 for Blues
First air date 1949
Format Public radio
ERP 25,000 Watts
HAAT 146 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning DUQuesne University
Affiliations NPR
Owner Duquesne University
Webcast Listen Live
Website WDUQ Online

WDUQ is a public radio jazz and news radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station, which is operated by Duquesne University, broadcasts at 90.5 MHz with an ERP of 25kW. WDUQ is a full member station of National Public Radio and is also affiliated with Public Radio International and American Public Media. As of fall 2001 WDUQ was the most listened-to public radio outlet in Pittsburgh[1].

WDUQ began broadcasting on December 15, 1949 as a student laboratory on the Duquesne University campus, exposing students to new technology and giving local audiences access to cultural programs and information. As each decade passed, WDUQ evolved as public radio grew and changed across the United States.

Today, WDUQ is the home of the popular NPR news programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as Car Talk and other programs. The station also has a significant local and regional news effort, including in-depth coverage of a variety of issues. The station also produces and distributes programming heard on public radio stations nationwide.

Like many public radio stations, the majority of WDUQ's funding comes from donations from individuals [1].

In 1976, the station began carrying the programming of the newly-formed Radio Information Service, a reading service for the visually impaired and print-handicapped on a sub-carrier channel. WDUQ entered into a management agreement to handle RIS's day-to-day business operations in late 2005

In 2006, WDUQ began to improve its signal strength to several distant communities. A broadcast translator relays a signal to FM 100.5 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, FM 104.1 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, FM 92.3 in New Baltimore, Pennsylvania serving the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and FM 104.1 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. [2].

In October, 2007, WDUQ engendered controversy relative to corporate underwriting it received from Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. [3] In exchange for a gift in excess of $5000 [4], WDUQ began airing a series of ads for Planned Parenthood on October 8, 2007 that focused on breast and cervical cancer screening, STD treatment, and abstinence education, and which did not mention abortion-related services; Planned Parenthood, however, is the largest provider of abortions in th United States.[5] On October 10, Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty ordered the station to return the money and cease airing the ads, citing conflict with the University's "Catholic identity." [6]

External links


  1. ^ Adrian McCoy (2002-02-20). "Public radio keeps its place in ratings". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-01-13.  



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