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About WPKN

WPKN is a 10,000-watt non-commercial radio station founded in 1963 as the college radio station of the University of Bridgeport. While our studios and offices remain on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, in 1989 we became an independent, non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation. Since then WPKN has been a listener-supported community radio station, broadcasting at 89.5 FM. WPKN can also be heard streaming live on the internet at www.wpkn.org, is listed under the “Eclectic” category on iTunes Radio, and has become available on many mobile tuning apps. Initially established to serve the needs of the residents of Bridgeport’s local educational institutions, WPKN’s terrestrial signal now serves a potential listenership of 1.5 million people in Connecticut, Long Island, and parts of New York and Massachusetts.  Programs on WPKN include live and recorded music, news, public affairs, and spoken word.

WPKN’s volunteer programmers present a wide variety of music and alternative information, in an eclectic mix of free-form programming that seeks to serve those whose needs are not met by mainstream media in a unique and vibrant way. WPKN’s programming mix is a cornucopia of genres and styles. From the obscure to the recognizable, it is presented by informed programmers who help listeners discover and rediscover the best in live and recorded performance. Some of our self-produced talk/news oriented shows, such as Between the Lines, are nationally recognized. WPKN is proud of its bold independence and its fearlessness to program without any strings attached. Generations of our dedicated and loyal audience have defined us as the real alternative to an increasingly homogeneous and limited choice in broadcast radio.

WPKN’s programs are not intended to duplicate that which is available on commercial, non-commercial or “public” radio stations. When the FCC licensed FM radio in 1945, it reserved the twenty channels at the lower end of the band exclusively for noncommercial use. At the time, the Commission indicated that it was doing so in order to foster “diversity of programming service”, and to provide opportunity for the widest possible variety of programs. WPKN’s mission has been to remain true to this original noncommercial directive, and be “The Real Alternative”.


News Articles & Stories • WPKN in print


  • WPKN’s Music Mash 20-Record Fair is March 7,” Staff reports — CT Post (2/27/2020)

  • 2019

  • Broad Casting,” KATHY LEONARD CZEPIEL — Daily Nutmeg (9/10/2019)
  • Four Decades of Radical Radio: an Interview With WPKN’s Scott Harris,” ANDY PIASCIK — CounterPunch (3/27/2019)

  • 2018

  • WPKN-Radio hosts Music Mash record fair at Read’s Artspace,” PHYLLIS A.S. BOROS — CT Post (3/26/2018)
  • Get your groove on at WPKN’s Music Mash ‘18,” JOHN BURGESON — CT Post (2/23/2018)

  • 2017

  • WPKN fires up new radio transmitter,” JOHN BURGESON — CT Post (12/13/2017)
  • A musical mix keeps Bridgeport’s community radio station WPKN spinning,” PHIL HALL — Westfaironline.com, Westfair Communications (9/8/2017)
  • WPKN named the “BEST RADIO STATION (MUSIC) in Connecticut”,” The Editorial Staff — Connecticut Magazine, BEST OF CONNECTICUT Issue (Sept ‘17)
  • Steadfast Unpredictability: The Legacy and Future of WPKN,” JASON BISCHOFF-WURSTLE — The Cut-Up/Issue Four (Spring ‘17)
  • Record lovers crowd WPKN’s annual Music Mash,” CEDAR ATTANASIO — CT Post (3/4/2017)
  • Reviving Vinyl: WPKN’s Music Mash Spins Into Downtown Bridgeport,” MEREDITH GUINNESS — Bridgeport Daily Voice (3/2/2017)
  • Music Mash ’17: Take a spin through thousands of LPs, CDs,” CHRISTINA HENNESSY — CT Post (2/26/2017)
  • WPKN’s transmitter on borrowed time,” JOHN BURGESON — CT Post (2/21/2017)

  • 2016

  • Bridgeport’s WPKN Spins An Eclectic Mix On The FM Dial,” MEREDITH GUINNESS — Bridgeport Daily Voice (10/31/2016)
  • Into vinyl? Don’t miss the WPKN Music Mash on March 5,” JOHN BURGESON — CT Post (2/23/2016)

  • 2015

  • Redefining Community Engagement Through Relevance and Visibility,” MATT SWANSON-HURLEY — Pacifica Network (9/1/2015)
  • WPKN: A half-century in the groove,” JOHN BURGESON — CT Post (7/25/2015)
  • Bluegrass acts to raise some green for WPKN,” author unkown — CT Post (5/1/2015)
  • WPKN Talks Books On Radio From Chapel Street,” BRIAN SLATTERY — New Haven Independent (4/27/2015)
  • WPKN’s record fair to boast 50 dealers in Bridgeport,” PHYLLIS A.S. BOROS — CT Post (3/2/2015)

  • 2013

  • Celebrating WPKN Radio at 50th Anniversary Gala!,” FCBuzz — Hearst CT News Blog (12/14/2013)
  • WPKN Double Feature:“Gimme Shelter” And “Charlie Is My Darling”,” RYAN ODINAK — Hearst CT News Blog (6/16/2013)
  • Stop Making Sense Films that Rock Series benefiting FTC and WPKN 89.5 FM,” author unkown — Fairfield Theatre Company (5/6/2013)
  • WPKN Blue Grass Benefit,” RYAN ODINAK — Hearst News Blog (4/29/2013)

  • 2012 ···

  • WPKN: Music on Film at the Bijou Theatre,” RYAN ODINAK — Hearst CT News Blog (12/2/2012)
  • Steve di Costanzo: The new general manager of WPKN,” Redding Pilot — Redding Pilot (9/16/2012)
  • New radio station will focus on East End community,” BETH YOUNG — The East Hampton Press (5/25/2010)
  • Chris Frantz, “The Talking Head”, Debuts on WPKN-FM,” MUSIC OF OUR HEART — Music Of Our Heart (3/26/2010)
  • Radio Station Offers Everything But Consistency,” ANDI RIERDEN — New York Times (10/27/1991)
  • A Family Show On and Off the Air,” ANDI RIERDEN — New York Times (6/11/1989)
  • College Radio Station Offers A Popular Alternative,” SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN — New York Times (4/10/1983)
  • Time to Listen to the Listeners,” GEORGE DESTEFANO, JR — New York Times (7/10/1977)