Local public radio station gets new FM transmission

WBAA, a public radio station at Purdue, launched a new FM frequency Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The new frequency can be heard at 105.9 FM. (WLFI Photo)
WBAA, a public radio station at Purdue, launched a new FM frequency Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. The new frequency can be heard at 105.9 FM. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Greater Lafayette now has another radio frequency to choose from. WBAA, a public radio station at Purdue, launched a new FM transmission Friday.

The station is the oldest in Indiana. It was licensed in 1922. This is the first time the radio station has launched a new transmission since 1993.

The additional frequency will broadcast news and information programs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and airs on 105.9 FM. WBAA News will continue to air on 920 AM. WBAA’s classical music offerings can be heard on 101.3 FM.

WBAA was able to purchase the frequency thanks to donations from listeners.

“There was a high demand to hear our news channel, which is on AM-920, on an FM service,” said Mike Savage, WBAA’s general manager. “Over the course of a year or year and a half, we’ve been working to purchase a frequency and then put it up. We were finally able to do that [Friday].”

The majority of funding for WBAA comes from private donations.

You can also listen to WBAA news here.