WYPL (89.3 FM) is a non-commercial radio station that serves the area of Memphis, Tennessee, in the United States. The station is licensed to the Memphis Public Library & Information Center and provides an open radio reading service to patrons, a type of service usually available elsewhere in the United States only on special leased receivers. This station is only of two such open-air broadcasting operations in the United States; the other is located in New Orleans.
|Branding||Memphis Public Library Reading Radio|
|Slogan||The Info Hub Of The Midsouth|
|Format||radio reading service|
audio simulcast of NBC Nightly News
|Owner||Memphis Public Library & Information Center|
First air date
Former call signs
|WLYX; WTTL (West Tennessee Talking Library)|
Call sign meaning
|We're Your Public Library|
Volunteers present daily readings of The Commercial Appeal, USA Today, and other newspapers. The station also features book readings, author interviews, news programming provided by BBC News, and audio simulcasts of the midday newscasts of WMC-TV (Channel 5), along with the NBC Nightly News. The station has been selected by the American Foundation for the Blind as the Model Radio Reading Service.
Locally-produced programs include Book Talk, which features interviews with authors; Library News; Eye On Vision, which features interviews with doctors and also provides information on research and development in vision and eye care; and Night Owl, a story-reading program aimed at children aged six and under, co-ordinated to a probable bedtime.
It is unknown exactly when the station first signed on the air as a subcarrier station but it moved to the 89.3 frequency on April 17, 1991; that frequency first went on air as WLYX (whose date of first operations is also unclear), a station licensed to Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), and was branded as "The Alternative." The freeform college rock station was operated by a student and volunteer staff with broadly eclectic tastes, and was widely influential in bringing genres such as punk and new wave to the Memphis area in the early 1980s. The station was discontinued in 1989, when Rhodes president James Daughdrill, a strong social conservative, decided that WLYX was not in keeping with the college's core mission.
In perhaps something of a tribute to the old WLYX, though, WYPL added music programming in the evenings during the 2010s, mainly nostalgic material relating to Memphis' heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s as a recording center for rock, soul and blues music.
- Sullivan, Bartholomew (January 15, 2008). "Memphis Library honored at White House ceremony". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
- "WYPL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "WYPL Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- "WYPL 89.3". Memphis Public Library.
- "WYPL Schedule".
- WYPL in the FCC's FM station database
- WYPL on Radio-Locator
- WYPL in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
- WYPL Program Schedule
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