When we became an NPR member station in 1984, WSHU wasn’t exactly a media powerhouse. We were broadcasting at 1,000 watts on a single frequency: 91.1 FM.
Today, the WSHU Public Radio Group comprises seven licensed stations and seven additional translators, supplemented with online streaming that makes us available anywhere in the world. Over 275,000 loyal listeners appreciate our unique combination of acclaimed news and talk from NPR, PRI, & the BBC, locally produced classical music, weekend entertainment, and award-winning regional reporting. Our flagship production, Sunday Baroque, is syndicated on 175 NPR stations and reaches as far as Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
WSHU may enjoy a national presence, but our mission is to serve our community. That’s why we remain steadfast in our commitment to classical music and cultural programming. It's also why we strive to cover local news in the same insightful, reliable way that NPR covers national issues. Our work has led to a long list of prestigious recognitions, including several Edward R. Murrow Awards. Outreach events such as Music in Our Schools and the Join the Conversation author series allow us to connect directly with our listeners and foster a love of the arts among both the young and old.
|1983||WSHU, formerly Sacred Heart University’s student radio station, hires its first professional Music Director and two classical music hosts, and begins broadcasting as a public radio station.|
|1984||WSHU joins NPR, supplements its professional staff, and begins airing Morning Edition with Bob Edwards on weekday mornings.|
|1984||All Things Considered with Noah Adams and Susan Stamberg is added to our weekday evening schedule.|
|1985||Expands programming with Weekend Edition, hosted by Scott Simon.|
|1985||Begins airing Morning Edition with Bob Edwards on weekday mornings.|
|1987||With an increase in transmitter power from 1,000 to 12,500 watts, WSHU can be heard in East New Haven and parts of Long Island.|
|1987||Sunday Baroque, WSHU’s flagship production, makes its broadcast premiere on September 6, 1987.|
|1987||WSHU files its first story with NPR – the collapse of the L’Ambiance Plaza construction project in Bridgeport.|
|1991||Renowned sports journalist and author Frank Deford begins recording his weekly segments for NPR in the WSHU studios–a relationship that would continue for more than two decades.|
|1991||Establishes Long Island News Bureau at Suffolk County Community College and hires its first Long Island reporter.|
|1993||The popular program Car Talk – with “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” – joins the Saturday schedule.|
|1995||WSUF in Eastern Long Island expands service to both forks of Long Island and Eastern Connecticut.|
|1996||Five new translators extend the geographic reach of WSHU and WSUF in Connecticut and Long Island.|
|1996||Essayist, author and broadcaster David Bouchier begins charming listeners with his wit and insights as the host of WSHU’s Sunday Matinee.|
|1998||The addition of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! further expands WSHU’s weekend entertainment schedule.|
|1998||WMMM (today’s WSHU AM) is acquired as a gift from the Graham family of Fairfield.|
|1998||Sunday Baroque is nationally syndicated by NPR, initially being carried by stations in Washington, Cincinnati, Tampa and Phoenix.|
|1998||WSHU adds Midday Mozart to its classical music lineup.|
|1999||Additional studios are built at Jefferson House and non-broadcast personnel, including an expanded development staff, are moved to another location.|
|2001||WSHU launches its Music in Our Schools outreach program, featuring a drawing open to all music educators in our community. The first year’s grand prize winner receives an in-school performance by cast members from Broadway’s The Music Man.|
|2004||Expands Long Island commitment with the addition of a second reporter.|
|2004||WSHU further expands locally produced classical music with programming from 8:00 to 10:00pm.|
|2005||Begins online streaming of its on-air broadcasts.|
|2006||Establishment of the Local News Initiative Fund expands resources, leading to better coverage, NPR-level quality, and national awards.|
|2007||WSHU launches Join the Conversation, its live, meet-the-authors series, with Frank Deford discussing his new book, The Entitled.|
|2010||WSHU receives its first national Edward R. Murrow Award. Other awards have included those from the Fair Media Council, Society of Professional Journalists, and other organizations.|
|2010||The acquisition of WQQQ expands WSHU’s reach into Litchfield County.|
|2011||The addition of WYBC from Yale University provides New Haven with an alternative news and talk stream.|
|2011||The Development Committee is expanded, increasing WSHU’s ability to reach influential listeners and high-level donors in a growing broadcast area.|
|2011||Adds First Fridays in Concert, a celebration of local classical music performances.|
|2012||The Friends of WSHU Public Radio Group Inc. is established, with the goal of building an endowment to secure the future of public radio in our region.|
|2012||WSTC and WNLK are added, extending the station’s western reach in Southern Connecticut as far as Greenwich.|
|2012||WSHU celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Sunday Baroque.|
|2012||Despite the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, WSHU remains on the air with reporters out to cover this unprecedented event.|
|2012||Appearances by Anna Quindlen and Khaled Hosseini draw sellout crowds of over 700 to separate Join the Conversation events.|
|2013||WSHU provides NPR and media outlets around the world with award-winning, on-the-scene reporting from the tragic shootings at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.|
|2013||WSHU Fairfield County Public Radio launches as a service dedicated to delivering customized news and content to the residents of Fairfield County.|
|2014||30 years and going strong!|
The extraordinary achievements of the past 30 years were made possible by the generous support of our listeners. And we depend on that listener support to continue bringing you the very best that public radio has to offer.
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