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Troy University Public Radio is a network of public radio stations based in Troy, Alabamamarker, USA that serve southeastern Alabamamarker and parts of western Georgiamarker and northwestern Floridamarker with classical music, folk music, and jazz programs, as well as news and feature programs from the National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media networks. The stations are licensed to Troy Universitymarker, on whose main campus the studios are located.

Three stations comprise the network:
  • WTSU 89.9--Troy/Montgomerymarker (flagship). Signal reaches a region extending from Montgomery to the state line of Floridamarker.
  • WRWA 88.7--Dothanmarker. Signal covers the southeastern corner of the state, extending eastward into the southwestern tip of Georgiamarker and southward into the Floridamarker panhandle.
  • WTJB 91.7--Columbus, Georgiamarker/Phenix Citymarker. Signal reaches a region extending about 30 miles in both directions from the Chattahoochee River.


History

WTSU-FM started broadcasting on March 1, 1977 as the state's third public radio station (the callsign stands for the university's name then, "Troy State University," a part of the Alabamamarker higher education system), and the first south of Birminghammarker. WTSU originally broadcast at 90.1 MHz with a power of 50,000 watts; by 1981, it moved to its present frequency of 89.9, doubling its wattage to 100,000. Programming from the start was a blend of news and classical music, combined with an automated block of "beautiful music" between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. TUPR discontinued the easy-listening daytime format in 1993.

The station would expand into nearby territories in the 1980s, adding the frequencies in Columbus in 1984 and, a year later, Dothan. On January 1, 2000, TUPR began broadcasting 24 hours per day.

The public radio network is one component of the Troy University Department of Radio and Television; the other is "Trojanvision", a student-operated television channel seen on several cable systems throughout southeastern Alabama. Both entities enlist students from the school of journalism as staffers.

TUPR is one of the few NPR members that does not, as of 2009, stream its broadcasts on the internet.

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