July 1, 2021

After Nearly 100 Years Of Operations, Purdue Will No Longer Manage Radio Station WBAA

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WBAA is Indiana's longest continuously operating radio station, according to a press release from Purdue announcing new management plans. - (Emilie Syberg/WBAA)

WBAA is Indiana's longest continuously operating radio station, according to a press release from Purdue announcing new management plans.

(Emilie Syberg/WBAA)

Purdue University plans to transfer control of West Lafayette's local NPR station, WBAA, to the same group that manages WFYI, pending approval from the school's board of trustees and the Federal Communications Commission. WBAA's AM frequency is the longest continuously-operating radio station in the state.

The university announced the plan Thursday to transfer management of the nearly century-old radio station to Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media, which manages Indianapolis' NPR and PBS station.

The terms of the deal between the university and the group have not been released. Officials from Purdue and Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media declined to comment beyond the media release. WBAA lists eight staff members, including journalists, managers and fundraisers.

According to the university, WBAA will keep its call letters and maintain a physical presence in West Lafayette. The merger will provide for some station donors to receive new perks, expanded internship opportunities for students and more shared programming with WFYI.

The Purdue Board of Trustees will discuss the change at its July 7 public meeting. If all goes well, officials expect FCC approval early this fall with new management likely taking over around Oct. 1.

WBAA first received its broadcasting license in 1922, and it is a member of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. WBAA is broadcast on 920 AM and 101.3 FM.

Contact reporter Jeanie at jlindsa@iu.edu or follow her on Twitter at @jeanjeanielindz.

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