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CitySelma, Alabama
BrandingAlabama Public Radio
Frequency88.3 MHz
First air dateMay 5, 1996[1]
FormatPublic radio
ERP53,000 watts
HAAT427 meters (1,401 ft)
Facility ID6125
Callsign meaningAlabama Public Radio.
AffiliationsNational Public Radio
American Public Media
Public Radio International[2]
OwnerUniversity of Alabama, Troy University and Alabama State University
(UA-ASU-TSU Educational Radio Corporation)

WAPR (88.3 FM) is an American non-commercial educational radio station licensed to serve Selma, Alabama. The station is jointly owned by the University of Alabama, Alabama State University, and Troy University and is operated by UA as part of the Alabama Public Radio network.

The station's signal reaches the region known colloquially as the Black Belt, about 13 counties in the west central and central parts of Alabama, including the capital city of Montgomery. It serves several areas in the western portion of the Montgomery market that don't get a strong signal from the area's other full NPR member station, Troy University Public Radio flagship WTSU in Troy. It also provides most of the immediate Montgomery area with a second choice for NPR programming. This makes Montgomery one of the smallest markets with two competing NPR stations; indeed, WAPR is the only Alabama Public Radio station that directly competes with another NPR member.


WAPR airs APR's schedule of news and talk programming, classical music, folk music, jazz, adult album alternative, and nostalgic music programs. The station derives portions of its programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International.[2]


In January 1991, a cooperative operating as the UA-ASU-TSU Educational Radio Corporation applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on June 20, 1995, with a scheduled expiration date of December 20, 1996.[3] The new station was assigned call sign "WAPR" on August 11, 1995.[4] After construction and testing were completed in May 1996, the station was granted its broadcast license on August 14, 1996.[5]


  1. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the U.S." (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999. New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker. 1999. p. D-13. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BPED-19910116MS)". FCC Media Bureau. June 20, 1995. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau. August 11, 1995. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BLED-19960515KC)". FCC Media Bureau. August 14, 1996. Retrieved 2011.

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Coordinates: 32°08?31?N 86°44?42?W / 32.142°N 86.745°W / 32.142; -86.745

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