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"City "Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area "South Central Pennsylvania
Branding WITF
"Slogan Life inspired
"Frequency 89.5 "MHz (also on "HD Radio)
"Translator(s) "See § Simulcast and translator
"Repeater(s) "See § Simulcast and translator
First air date April 1, 1971 (1971-04-01)
"Format "NPR "News/Talk
"ERP 5,900 "watts
"HAAT 415 meters (1,362 ft)
"Class B
"Facility ID 73084
Transmitter coordinates 40°20′44.0″N 76°52′7.0″W / 40.345556°N 76.868611°W / 40.345556; -76.868611 (WITF-FM) ("NAD27)
"Callsign meaning Where It's Top Flight [1]
Affiliations "NPR
"Public Radio Exchange
Owner WITF, Inc.
"Sister stations "WITF-TV
Website www.witf.org

WITF-FM (89.5 "FM) is a "non-commercial, "public "FM "radio station "licensed to serve "Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by WITF, Inc., and broadcasts "NPR talk and news programming. It is co-owned with the area's "Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station, "WITF-TV (channel 33). Both stations are based at the Public Media Center in "Swatara Township (with a Harrisburg mailing address), and broadcast from a shared tower located on "Blue Mountain in "Susquehanna Township.[2][3]

Several times a year, WITF-FM broadcasts "fundraising appeals, seeking contributions from its listeners to support the station, since it carries no commercials.



On April 1, 1971, WITF-FM "signed on the air, becoming the first station in "Central Pennsylvania to broadcast a fulltime "classical music "radio format.[4] It was originally "licensed to serve "Hershey. WITF-FM was founded as the "sister station to WITF-TV, which signed on seven years earlier.

At first, the stations broadcast from "temporary" studios at the former Hershey Middle School, moving to Locust Lane in Harrisburg in 1982. On July 22, 2005, WITF-FM-TV began construction on their current 75,000 square foot facility in Swatara Township. Staff began moving into the facility on November 27, 2006.[4]

After airing a mix of classical music and NPR programming for much of its history, the station dropped all classical music programming on June 25, 2012.[4] WITF-FM began a 24 hour schedule of news and information consisting of "syndicated programs from NPR and other providers, along with local news and cultural arts reporting by the WITF staff.[5] WITF has its own Multimedia News Department.[6] It provides local and regional news coverage for both radio and TV.

On December 19, 2012, NPR announced that StateImpact Pennsylvania[7] had won one of three 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards (essentially the "Pulitzer Prize of broadcast and digital journalism) for its outstanding reporting on energy issues for focusing on the fiscal, environmental and social issues of gas drilling on Pennsylvania's economy.[8] WITF reporter Scott Detrow contributed to the report.

On April 19, 2016, WITF's reporting was honored with six regional "Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association for excellence in broadcast and online journalism.[9][10]

Simulcast and translator[edit]

WITF-FM broadcasts at 5,900 watts, which is fairly modest for a full NPR member on the FM band. This may be because it is short-spaced to "Washington, D. C. NPR member "WAMU, at nearby 88.5.

The station's city-grade signal covers Harrisburg, "Lebanon and "York, but just misses the largest city in its service area, "Lancaster.[11]City grade and grade B coverage maps</ref> To make up for this shortfall in coverage, WITF-FM programming is simulcast on the following "translator in Lancaster:

"Broadcast translators of WITF-FM
"Call sign "Frequency
"City of license "ERP
m (ft)
"Class FCC info
W260CC 99.9 "Lancaster, Pennsylvania 38 60.1 m (197 ft) D FCC

On January 9, 2009, WITF-FM also began "simulcasting its programming on WYPM:[4]

"Call sign "Frequency "City of license "Facility ID "ERP
"m ("ft)
"Class Transmitter coordinates
"WYPM 93.3 FM "Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 49384 350 412 m (1,352 ft) A 40°02′54.0″N 77°45′2.0″W / 40.048333°N 77.750556°W / 40.048333; -77.750556 (WYPM) ("NAD27)
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  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins: The List". Oldradio.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  2. ^ "FM Query Results for WITF-FM". "Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  3. ^ "TV Query Results for WITF-TV". "Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d "WITF History". Witf.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  5. ^ Dunkle, David (2012-06-25). "WITF format change leaves some listeners in classical music 'withdrawal'". Pennlive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  6. ^ "WITF Radio Schedule". Witf.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  7. ^ StateImpact Pennsylvania
  8. ^ Philbin, Cara (2012-12-19). "Give Them A Hand: NPR, StateImpact And StoryCorps Honored With DuPont-Columbia Awards". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  9. ^ Lambert, Tim (2016-04-19). "WITF honored with multiple Regional Murrow Awards". Witf.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  10. ^ "RTDNA 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards". rtdna.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  11. ^ "60 dBu Service Contour for WITF-FM, Harrisburg, PA, 89.5 MHz BMLED-20040130ADW". fcc.gov. "Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 

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