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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 
  State population (2000 census)
572,059
 
     
 
 
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
572,059
100%
  (from both in and out-of-district stations)
 
 
  Population in uncovered areas 
0
 
     
 
 
  Stations in State FM stations  
3
 
    FM translators
0
 
    AM stations
0
 
     
 
 
  1989 PTFP Study:  Population receiving a
 
 
    FM public radio signal
638,000
100%
     
 
 

Broadcast Coverage Maps

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Public Radio Stations in District

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria


FM Stations
WETA
90.9
Washington WAMU
88.5
Washington
(Arlington, VA) WPFW
89.3
Washington 

AM Stations 

None  

General Comments

The District of Columbia is the smallest jurisdiction considered in this study and the only one which is completely covered by public radio.  The District is served by three local public FM radio stations.  WAMU is licensed to The American University in Washington, DC, and the other two stations, WETA and WPFW, are licensed to community organizations.  WETA also operates a public television station.  These stations serve the metropolitan area of Washington, DC, including several counties in Maryland and Virginia.  

FM Service  

As reported in the 1989 PTFP study, public radio covers the entire population of the District of Columbia.  The number of people receiving public radio within the District of Columbia has decreased reflecting the District’s population loss since the 1980 census.

A fourth public radio station, WDCU, licensed to the University of the District of Columbia until 1997, was sold to C-SPAN, the 24-hour public affairs service funded by the cable TV industry.  The station now operates as WCSP and broadcasts noncommercial public affairs programming.

AM Service

None

Service from Adjacent States  

WETA is licensed to Washington, DC.  Its transmission and studio facilities are located in northern Virginia within the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Unserved Areas

None

 

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