Infobox Radio station
name = WDUQ
Pittsburgh metropolitan area
airdate = 1949
frequency = 90.5 MHz HD Radio
90.5 HD-2 for Alternating MPS
90.5 HD-3 for
erp = 25,000
haat = 146
class = B
callsign_meaning = DUQuesne University
webcast = [http://www.wduq.com/audio/ Listen Live]
website = [http://www.wduq.com/ WDUQ Online]
WDUQ is a
public radiojazz and news radio stationbased in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station, which is operated by Duquesne University, broadcasts at 90.5 MHz with an ERP of 25kW. WDUQ is a full member station of National Public Radioand is also affiliated with Public Radio Internationaland American Public Media. WDUQ is the most listened-to public radiooutlet in Pittsburgh [http://www.post-gazette.com/tv/20020220radio0220p3.asp] .
WDUQ began broadcasting on
December 15, 1949as a student laboratory on the Duquesne University campus, exposing students to new technology and giving local audiences access to cultural programs and information. As each decade passed, WDUQ evolved as public radiogrew and changed across the United States.
Today, WDUQ is the home of the popular
NPRnews programs such as Morning Editionand All Things Consideredas well as Car Talkand other programs. The station also has a significant local and regional news effort, including in-depth coverage of a variety of issues. The station also produces and distributes programming heard on public radiostations nationwide.
public radiostations, the majority of WDUQ's funding comes from donations from individuals [http://www.wduq.org/development/wheredollarsgo.html] .
In 1976, the station began carrying the programming of the newly-formed
Radio Information Service, a reading service for the visually impaired and print-handicapped on a sub-carrier channel. WDUQ entered into a management agreement to handle RIS's day-to-day business operations in late 2005
In 2006, WDUQ began to improve its signal strength to several distant communities. A
broadcast translatorrelays a signal to FM 100.5 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, FM 104.1 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, FM 92.3 in New Baltimore, Pennsylvaniaserving the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and FM 104.1 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. [http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/2005/10/31/daily5.html] .
In October, 2007, WDUQ engendered controversy relative to corporate underwriting it received from Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/us/17radio.html?ref=us] In exchange for a gift in excess of $5000 [http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iw19tmUEmmUwHDXEOe5IAl5rUeMQD8SB18D00] , WDUQ began airing a series of ads for Planned Parenthood on October 8, 2007 that focused on breast and cervical cancer screening, STD treatment, and abstinence education, and which did not mention abortion-related services; Planned Parenthood, however, is the largest provider of abortions in th United States. [http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07289/825687-42.stm] On October 10, Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty ordered the station to return the money and cease airing the ads, citing conflict with the University's "Catholic identity." [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/us/17radio.html?ref=us]
* [http://www.wduq.org/ WDUQ official website]
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