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City of license Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg, PA
Branding WQSU - The Pulse
Slogan "Provocative College Radio"
Frequency 88.9 MHZ
Format Campus Radio
Owner Susquehanna University
Website Official website

WQSU (89.9 FM) is a college radio station licensed to serve Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. The station is owned and operated by Susquehanna University.

88.9 WQSU-FM, "The Pulse", the radio voice of Susquehanna University, is operated by the staff, students and faculty of S.U. as well as community volunteers. Developed as an educational facility, the station is run under the supervision of the Department of Communications. Located at 88.9 megahertz, the 12,000-watt stereo station can be heard at a 70- mile radius from its home in Selinsgrove, PA. WQSU serves approximately one-third of the state of Pennsylvania with a variety of music, news, information, public affairs and sports programming 365 days a year. At 12,000 watts, WQSU is the third most powerful college radio station in the state of PA. The operation of WQSU-FM serves two separate and distinct purposes. The first is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, and that is to serve the public interest. The second is to serve Susquehanna University in its educational mission by training students in various forms of broadcasting principles and operations, and to serve as a media outlet for Susquehanna University.

The station operates on two different schedules: The regular schedule, which runs during the school year, operates from 9 A.M. until 2 A.M. During school breaks, including the summer, the station operates from noon until 2 A.M. When the station is not programming live from its studios, the station rebroadcasts WVIA-FM programs, including some National Public Radio, or uses the automation system. Included with WVIA’s classical format are a variety of popular shows, such as Morning Edition, A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk.

Programming Mondays-Fridays consist of the station's format of modern and alternative rock. Throughout the week there are specialty shows of many other genres including classic rock. Saturday programming consists of country and bluegrass. Sundays have a variety of specialty programming including blues, techno, Susquehanna University's church service, classical, and the Grateful Dead. WQSU also airs a wide variety of news and sports coverage.

History of WQSU-FM

THE HISTORY OF WQSU-FM WQSU-FM began as a university club known as the Susquehanna Radio Association. In September 1967, the Federal Communications Commission granted Susquehanna University authorization for WQSU-FM to begin broadcasting with tenwatts of power. Through the efforts of the late Dr. Clyde Spitzner and others, the equipment necessary for broadcasting was donated or purchased and installed. As a result, WQSU-FM went “on-the-air,” serving a limited area in the Selinsgrove vicinity. In 1968, WQSU was reorganized and put under the direction of the Susquehanna University Department of Communications and Theatre Arts. Shortly after beginning broadcast operations, WQSU-FM filed an application for a power increase with the FCC. A long series of delays then followed which kept the FCC from approving the application. Consequently, after seven years, the FCC approved a power increase to 5600 watts, which went into effect on March 26, 1975. In October 1978, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare gave WQSU a grant that allowed it to become a stereo station and equip itself with new, stateof- the-art equipment. WQSU increased its power to its present 12,000 watts in January 1963, after the FCC approved another power increase. On March 15, 1985, WQSU moved its facilities from 530 University Avenue to its present location in the Degenstien Campus Center. In 1988, the station upgraded its production facilities to include a multi-track production room, and in 1992 the station upgraded to 8-track multi-track. In 1994, the station upgraded its on-air and production facilities to include digital audio tapes (DATs). In 1999, the station moved its audio format to Sony’s mini-disc format. In 2005, the station made significant technology improvements. The mini-disc format was discontinued and computerized systems were implemented. Computers hold the station’s music archive for the deejays to play audio on the air. Also in 2005, the automation system project was completed. The automation system runs the station when DJ staff is not available. Finally, in 2005, WQSU began streaming online in partnership with Evenlink. In 2008, the WQSU studios in the Degenstein Campus Center at Susquehanna were renovated.

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