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WPTS-FM
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City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Slogan Pittsburgh's Progressive FM
Frequency 92.1 (MHz)
First air date August 26, 1984
Format Formatted College Radio
ERP 16 watts
HAAT 141 m
Class D
Callsign meaning PITTSBURGH
Owner University of Pittsburgh
Website www.wptsradio.org

WPTS-FM is a non-commercial radio station owned by the University of Pittsburgh, and offers a mix of student-run programming. The station operates at 92.1 MHz with an ERP of 17 watts, and is licensed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its transmitter is located on the top of the university's Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh.[1]

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History

WPTS-FM originally evolved from WPGH, an AM carrier current station that broadcast to the Pitt Student Union and dormitories. WPGH was started in the fall of 1957 by 12 students, including Adrian Cronauer, whose experiences in Vietnam were made famous by Robin Williams in the movie Good Morning Vietnam. (Since then, WPGH is now the call letters of the Fox TV station in Pittsburgh). The push to get an FM station began in the fall of 1977, and after a long application process, WPTS became operational in the summer of 1984. The station was originally at 98.5 until 1994, when it moved to the current frequency.[1]

In 2009, WPTS was nominated as one of the five finalists for the mtvU Woodie Award for best college radio station in the United States.[2]

Promotions

WPTS has conducted a variety of successful and award winning promotions. The "Moustache Challenge" was a group collaborative effort created by a number of WPTS-FM station staff in 2006 with the idea to see who might grow the most impressive moustache over the month of November. The idea is based on Jay Della Valle's The Glorious Mustache Challenge and the competition was open to anyone at the University of Pittsburgh.[3] The promotion won the 2007 College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Award for "Best Station Promotion".[4] This contest followed the 2005 "Egg Hunt" contest, which won the 2006 College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Award for "Best Station Promotion".[5]

Stephen Colbert incident

After doing a bit about a Bill O'Reilly Inside Edition blooper tape in which he gets mad at a teleprompter, Stephen Colbert on his show The Colbert Report did a skit in which Colbert was an anchor for the midday news on a fictitious WPTS-TV Channel 7 Patterson Springs, NC, re-enacting O'Reilly's tantrum.

References

  1. ^ a b "About WPTS". WPTS Pittsburgh. http://wptsradio.org/?do=about. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  
  2. ^ "College Radio Woodie Award". RateMyProfessors.com. http://radiowoodie.ratemyprofessors.com/. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  
  3. ^ "WPTS: Promotions". http://wpts.wikidot.com/promotions. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  
  4. ^ "2007 National Student Production Awards". Hummelstown, PA: College Broadcasters, Inc.. http://www.askcbi.org/?page_id=88. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  
  5. ^ "2006 National Student Production Awards". Hummelstown, PA: College Broadcasters, Inc.. http://www.askcbi.org/?page_id=87. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  

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