WBAA-AM, Indiana's longest continuously operating radio station, received its broadcast license in 1922. WBAA-FM began broadcasting in 1993. The two stations provide Purdue University students with opportunities for hands-on training in radio broadcasting, including credit internships for students majoring in communication and noncredit experience for volunteer announcers, producers, and writers. WBAA-AM and FM provide alternative public radio programming to thousands of mid-central Indiana and east-central Illinois listeners.
Both stations are broadcasting with HD-Radio Technology, bringing FM quality to WBAA-AM, and a second music service, XPoNential Radio, to WBAA-FM for listeners with an HD Radio Receiver.
The radio format of WBAA-AM provides listeners with a diverse program of news, information, public affairs, jazz, folk and other eclectic music. The daytime broadcast radius of WBAA-AM is about 70 miles, making it accessible to more than half the population of the state — almost 2.5 million people.
WBAA-FM concentrates on classical music and fine arts programming. With a broadcast radius of approximately 20 miles, including Tippecanoe and most adjacent counties, WBAA-FM has the potential to reach more than 150,000 listeners.
The Local Angle
WBAA-AM produces and broadcasts original local programming including Acoustic Blend, Rainbow, Inside Jazz with Don Seybold, The Bluegrass Connection and interviews with University faculty, staff, and campus guests.
The offices of WBAA-AM and WBAA-FM are located on the ground floor of the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music:
712 Third Street
West Lafayette, Indiana, 47907-2005
WBAA-AM broadcasts 24 hours a day at 920 AM. WBAA-FM broadcasts 24 hours a day at 101.3 FM.
Funding for WBAA is provided by Purdue University, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the State of Indiana, listener donations, and business sponsors.