Broadcast Coverage Maps
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
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.
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.
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.