WXPJ

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WXPJ
CityHackettstown, New Jersey
Broadcast areaNorthwestern New Jersey Northeastern Pennsylvania
BrandingXPN
Slogan"Rhythms. Not Algorithms."
Frequency91.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)104.9 W285DH (North Whitehall Township)
First air dateDecember 7, 1957
FormatAdult Album Alternative
Language(s)English
ERP5,400 watts (Analog)
216 watts (Digital)
13 watts (104.9 FM)
HAAT167 meters (548 ft)
105 meters (344 ft) (104.9 FM)
ClassB
Facility ID9759
Transmitter coordinates40°51′07″N 74°52′35″W / 40.85194°N 74.87639°W / 40.85194; -74.87639
Former callsignsWNTI (1957-2016)
OwnerUniversity of Pennsylvania
(The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)
Sister stationsWXPN, WXPH, WKHS
Websitexpn.org

WXPJ (91.9 FM) is a non-commercial radio station owned and operated by University of Pennsylvania. The station first went on the air on December 8, 1958.

History[edit]

WXPJ signed on in December 1957 as WNTI, broadcasting programs produced by Centenary students as well as the Centenary Singers. Over the years, it has evolved from broadcasting a few hours per day during the school year to (in 1995 under the leadership of prof. Eric Slater) being on the air 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

WNTI commemorated its 40th anniversary in December 1997 with a CD release entitled "A Celebration of WNTI." The CD featured many musicians who over the years appeared on the station with in-studio performances and played at station fund raisers. It was produced by Ralph Drake, who served as Program director for over a decade.

The station evolved over the years, as Centenary College moved from being an all-women's college to coed in the late 1980s. Under the Direction of Prof. Eric Slater and then student Ralph Drake in 1995 WNTI, was one of the first in the world to "webcast" on the internet, thanks to a free encoder given to the station by Real Networks.

On October 6, 2015, the broadcast license owner, Centenary College Board of Trustees announced through a college spokesperson, that the then-WNTI Broadcast License is "...currently in the process of being sold."[1] The College announced that a (presumptive) FCC Form 314 Application for transfer approval had or would be filed.[2] In October 2015, WNTI and University of Pennsylvania FM station WXPN jointly announced a sales agreement for transfer of ownership of WNTI. The sale price is $1,250,000 in cash and another $500,000 in underwriting value over 10 years. A Public Service Operating Agreement enabled WXPN to begin using the WNTI transmission facilities to air WXPN programming, effective October 15, 2015.[3]

On May 16, 2016, the station changed its call sign to WXPJ. The sale to the University of Pennsylvania was consummated on June 14, 2016.

Current[edit]

WNTI.org broadcasts on the web primarily featured an Adult Album Alternative format with the slogan "Where Great Music Lives" and "Internet Radio from Centenary College". The station also broadcast jazz, world, bluegrass, blues and other music programs on nights and weekends. Most of the programming was locally originated, but the station also carried national programs including World Cafe, Little Steven's Underground Garage and Acoustic Cafe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falsone, Nick (Oct 12, 2015). "WXPN to take over Centenary College radio station in $1.25M deal". Lehigh Valley Live. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.njherald.com/story/30203162/2015/10/07/centenary-college-selling-license-of-wnti-radio
  3. ^ "WXPN Picks Up Centenary College's WNTI". Retrieved 2015-10-15.

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