WDIY (88.1 FM) is a community public radio station licensed to Allentown, Pennsylvania, with studios in Bethlehem and transmitter atop South Mountain. The station is the NPR member for the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania, and also serves parts of western New Jersey.
|Broadcast area||Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||Lehigh Valley Public Radio|
|Format||Community/Public Radio (Program Schedule)|
|Affiliations||National Public Radio|
|Owner||Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc.|
First air date
|January 8, 1995|
Call sign meaning
|Do It Yourself|
|HAAT||257 meters (843 ft)|
|Translator(s)||See § Translators|
WDIY has an air staff of over 90 volunteers and a professional staff of six employees, including an executive director. The station is licensed to Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission "is to engage the Lehigh Valley community through a wide-ranging exchange of music, arts, news and culturally diverse information."
WDIY began broadcasting on January 8, 1995, operating at 100 watts. Before then, the Lehigh Valley was one of the few areas of Pennsylvania without a locally-based NPR station. WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, provides grade B coverage to most of the Lehigh Valley, while WVIA-FM in Scranton has long operated low-powered translators in parts of the region.
Although WDIY's transmitter power was modest for a full NPR member, its antenna on top of South Mountain enabled the station to reach most of the immediate Lehigh Valley region. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission approved a request to triple the station's power to 300 watts. As a result, WDIY's primary coverage area now includes over a half-million people, while the station's full reach extends 70 miles, providing at least secondary coverage from Clinton, New Jersey to Reading, Pennsylvania.
As a public station, WDIY depends on listener support as one of its major sources of revenue. During the past 10 years, the station's number of listener members has nearly doubled, increasing from 1,100 in 2008 to 2,000 in 2018.
WDIY's program schedule includes NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered weekdays, with classical music and adult album alternative music between the news shows. Early evening programming during the week includes locally-produced public affairs programs as well as NPR's TED Radio Hour and On the Media. Weeknights and weekends, the station features a variety of music, including folk, blues, electronic, jazz, world music, alternative rock, classical, avant-garde and ethnic music. The station also carries NPR's Weekend Edition on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Ask Me Another on Saturday morning.
WDIY began broadcasting on 88.1 FM at 100 watts. Even with its transmitter located atop South Mountain at 843 feet above average terrain, its signal was for the most part limited to Lehigh and Northampton counties. Easton, the region's third-largest city, only received a grade B signal. To boost its coverage, WDIY installed two translators. One, located at 93.9, serves the area around Easton, as well as western Warren County. The station's other translator at 93.7 serves the Trexlertown and Fogelsville areas in western Lehigh County. With its increase to 300 watts in 2015, the station not only covers the Valley but can now be heard in the surrounding regions of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.
|City of license||Facility
|Class||Transmitter coordinates||FCC info|
|W230AG||93.9||Easton, Pennsylvania||36994||7||−7 m (−23 ft)||D||FCC LMS|
|W229AO||93.7||Fogelsville, Pennsylvania||88255||80||−5 m (−16 ft)||D||FCC LMS|
- "Call Letter Meanings". American Radio History. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
- "WDIY History: The Start-Up of WDIY". wdiy.org. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- "WDIY Schedule". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
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- Bresswein, Kurt (December 16, 2015). "Hear the power: WDIY-88.1 FM triples its signal wattage". lehighvalleylive.com. Retrieved March 7, 2018.