A Brief Timeline of Events
1980 — January
Dayton Community Radio is formed to provide fine arts programming
to Dayton. The corporate name is later changed to Dayton Public Radio,
1985 — November 11
WDPR-FM 89.5 signs on as a 200-watt, monaural station staffed by
volunteers. Airtime is seven hours per day.
1987 — January
WDPR begins broadcasting 16 hours per day.
1989 — February
Installation of new transmitter and antenna atop the Miami Valley
Tower in Dayton provides 6,000 watts and a stereo signal.
1992 — October
Dayton Public Radio receives a permit from the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to construct a new 50,000-watt broadcast facility
in Greenville to expand service to the Miami and Whitewater Valleys.
1994 — February
WDPG-FM 89.9 signs on providing 24-hour broadcasting service to
the northern Miami Valley.
1998 — June
Dayton Public Radio, Inc. purchases FM 88.1 in exchange for $500,000
and the existing FM 89.5 frequency. This purchase expands the signal's
reach to the entire southern Miami Valley 24 hours a day. The transmitter
and tower are located off Frytown Road in West Carrollton. The new
location means that power must be reduced to 4,000 watts.
1999 — September
Dayton Public Radio, Inc. pays off all debt associated with the
acquisition of the new frequency - 17 months after purchase and 5 1/2
2000 — December
A Dayton Public Radio endowment fund is established at the Dayton
Foundation. The organization positions itself as The Voice of the Arts.
2001 — March
Dayton Public Radio begins webcasting live on the Internet at www.dpr.org.
2003 — March
Dayton Public Radio, Inc. establishes a permanent endowment fund
at the Dayton Foundation to receive planned and deferred gifts that
will support the future of the organization.
2005 — February 14
WDPR-FM 88.1 begins broadcasting in high definition digital.
2007 — June
WDPG-FM 89.9 begins broadcasting in high definition digital.
Did You Know...
- We broadcast in high definition digital
- We also webcast live on the Internet
- We broadcast 24 hours a day
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