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City of license Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Frequency 88.1 (MHz)
Format college
Owner Pennsylvania College of Technology

WPTC is the non-commercial radio station licensed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology, located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The station broadcasts at 88.1 FM frequency.


Broadcast Formats

WPTC broadcasts 24 hours a day, year-round broadcast schedule. During this time, the station has two major formats. During the academic year, the stations broadcasts a modern rock format from 7 AM Monday to 12 Midnight Friday. On weekends (Midnight Friday to 7 AM Monday) and during summer and semester breaks, the station broadcasts a jazz format.[1]

Call Letter Change

On June 13, 1997, in compliance with FCC rules and regulations for this type of change, the call letters current at that time, "WWAS", where removed and the current call letters, "WPTC", were given to the station. During this process, the original plan was to change the call letters to "WPCT" to match the abbreviated letter of the college, Pennsylvania College of Technology. However, the "WPCT" call letters were already in use by another radio station, and still are today.

Management & Staff

The station is managed by Mass Media Communications students and a faculty adviser. The staff of approximately 35 students, from the Mass Media major as well as students from other majors, and 15 community volunteers man the station during daily operation.

Overall operations of the station are overseen by the faculty adviser, Dr. Brad Nason.


WPTC broadcasts a wide range of documentaries and specials and a variety of independent music shows as well as locally and nationally produced news and public affairs programs.[2]


Jazz Perspectives is a series of interviews with great jazz artists of the day and the music that made them famous. Hosted by Reese Erlich. Airs Sundays at 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Jazz Inspired is hosted by Judy Carmichael and airs Fridays at midnight and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli focuses exclusively on playing American standards recorded by a growing number of new performers, along with the "greats" who influenced them. Airs at 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Other Music

The Celtic Crossing highlights Celtic and Celtic-influenced music. Produced by local DJ Jessica Huffman, the show airs Fridays at 11 p.m.

Public Affairs

World of Possibilities is a production of the Mainstream Media Project. Airs Saturdays at 6 a.m.

Voices of Our World is a production of Maryknoll public affairs. Airs Mondays at 6 a.m.

War News Radio fills the gaps in the media's coverage of the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan by providing balanced and in-depth reporting. Airs Mondays at 6:30 a.m.


Hightower Radio is a different look into today's events that is hosted by Jim Hightower. Airs Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m.

Earth & Sky is an award-winning international science news radio program that is heard 8 million times a day. Airs daily at 7 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

There are also a diverse amount of student produced programs that change from semester to semester.

Organizational Membership

WPTC is an active member in the following radio organizations:


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