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City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Slogan "A Radio Station"
Frequency 88.3 MHz
First air date 1949 (carrier current AM) March 1, 1974 (FM)
Format College eclectic
ERP 1750 watts (directional)
HAAT 22 meters
Class A
Facility ID 1
Transmitter coordinates 40°26′39″N 79°56′37″W / 40.44417°N 79.94361°W / 40.44417; -79.94361
Callsign meaning W Radio Carnegie Tech
Affiliations Pacifica Radio
Owner WRCT Radio, Inc.

WRCT is a non-commercial freeform radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station, which is hosted in the basement of Carnegie Mellon's University Center, is run by students, staff, faculty, and community members. WRCT broadcasts on 88.3 MHz with an ERP of 1.75 kW, from atop Warner Hall (also on the Carnegie Mellon campus, but heard throughout the city). The license is held by WRCT Radio Incorporated.



Although its roots go back to the 1940s as a carrier current AM radio station on 900 kHz (mostly heard on campus), the present-day FM station has been operational since March 1, 1974.


WRCT's programs, updated each semester, are available online at their program guide.



WRCT's mission is to present its listening audience with freeform, original programming that cannot be found elsewhere on the Pittsburgh dial. As such, the station's musical programming is widely varied, and with few exceptions, left entirely to the tastes of the on-air DJs. Genres including Alt-Country, Jazz, Hip hop, Metal, Experimental, and Indie rock are among those commonly represented in rotation.

Public affairs

Public affairs programming also features prominently at the station, with an emphasis on news and issues local to the Pittsburgh community. WRCT is Pittsburgh's Pacifica Radio affiliate station.

Current public affairs programming at WRCT includes the following original programs:

WRCT also broadcasts these Public Affairs programs from the Pacifica network:

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