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City of license Saratoga Springs, New York
Broadcast area New York college
Branding Listening Alternative
Frequency 91.1 MHz
Format freeform
ERP 250 watts
HAAT 30.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 60538
Transmitter coordinates
Owner Skidmore College
Webcast Listen Live
Website Official website

WSPN (Skidmore College) is a non-commercial college radio station located at 91.1 MHz and broadcasts from Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. The station is located on the campus of Skidmore College and is made up of student and community DJs. Additionally, WSPN is one of the few college radio stations run entirely by a selected student board. The station primarily programs a freeform radio format and—in addition to serving the Skidmore College campus—also serves the city of Saratoga Springs, and surrounding communities. Unlike many college stations, WSPN is a 24-hour-a-day operation, and is on the air 365 days a year.

WSPN also takes part in bringing live music to the Skidmore College campus.

As of 2013, WSPN ranks #19 on the Princeton Review's list of Top College Radio Stations. It also held that position in 2011, 2010, as well as 2009, and was #16 in 2008.

The WSPN call letters were originally assigned to the former 900 AM Saratoga Springs, in the 1950s...until 1964....when it became WKAJ. The original WSPN-900 had no connection to Skidmore College and was owned by Spa Broadcasters Inc...That station has since been moved to the Albany, NY market and is now WABY...

The college station began as a carrier-current AM offshoot of Union College's WRUC. Transmitters on both campuses broadcast WRUC programming from Union most of the day, while Skidmore's studio, then located in the Little Theater on the old campus, broadcast to both campuses part of the time. In 1972, WSPN became a stand-alone operation, applying for a 10-watt Class D FM license a year later. The studio by then was relocated to Case Center on the new campus, with the transmitter atop Jonsson Tower. In 1981, it upgraded to Class A with its current power of 250 watts, and its studio was eventually relocated to the Jonsson basement.

External links

  • WSPN website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WSPN
  • Radio-Locator information on WSPN
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WSPN

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