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[1] 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.[2][3] This station is only of two such open-air broadcasting operations in the United States; the other is located in New Orleans.

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CityMemphis, Tennessee
Broadcast areaMemphis
Frequency89.3 MHz
BrandingMemphis Public Library Reading Radio
SloganThe Info Hub Of The Midsouth
Formatradio reading service
AffiliationsBBC News
audio simulcast of NBC Nightly News
OwnerMemphis Public Library & Information Center
First air date
Former call signs
WLYX; WTTL (West Tennessee Talking Library)
Call sign meaning
We're Your Public Library
Technical information
Facility ID13996
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT382.0 meters
Transmitter coordinates
35°28′3.00″N 90°11′27.00″W / 35.4675000°N 90.1908333°W / 35.4675000; -90.1908333
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[citation needed] 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.

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  1. ^ Sullivan, Bartholomew (January 15, 2008). "Memphis Library honored at White House ceremony". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  2. ^ "WYPL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "WYPL Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  4. ^ "WYPL 89.3". Memphis Public Library.
  5. ^ "WYPL Schedule".

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