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City of license Louisville, Kentucky
Broadcast area Louisville
Slogan Louisville's NPR News station
Frequency 89.3 MHz
First air date February 18, 1950
Format News, NPR
ERP 21,000 watts
HAAT 236 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning W Free Public Library (original licensee)
Owner Sister stations WFPK
Webcast Listen Live - player

WFPL is a 24-hour listener-supported, noncommercial radio station in Louisville, Kentucky, broadcasting at 89.3 MHz and focusing on news. The station is the flagship National Public Radio station for the Louisville market. WFPL is now owned by Louisville Public Media and was originally owned by the Louisville Free Public Library. When the station came on the air in 1950, it was the first library-owned radio station in the country.[1]


WFPL began operating as a public radio station in 1950 under ownership of the Louisville Free Public Library, giving the station the distinction of being the first library-owned radio station in the country. Founded years before the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 and National Public Radio's creation in 1970,[1] the station was made possible by the donation of equipment by the Bingham family, who owned The Courier-Journal and WHAS radio at the time. In 1993, the library joined with the University of Louisville to form the Public Radio Partnership—now Louisville Public Media—to operate WFPK with the other local public stations: WFPK and WUOL-FM. Since then, WFPL has steered away from music to focus on broadcasting news, general interest, comedy, and drama programming.[1] Like its sister stations, WFPL broadcasts an HD radio signal.[2]


In 1954 the won a George Foster Peabody award for public service.[1]

See also


External links

  • WFPL web site
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WFPL
  • Radio-Locator information on WFPL
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WFPL

Coordinates: 38°21′54″N 85°50′24″W / 38.365°N 85.840°W / 38.365; -85.840

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