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The Essentials

Call Letters: WBAA
Frequency: 920am
City of License: West Lafayette
Metro(s): Lafayette
Power: 5000 watts - Day, 1000 watts - Night, DA-Night (Class B)
Format: News/Talk
Address: 712 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2005
Phone: 765.494.5920
Ownership: Purdue University
Web Presence:
Notes: Simulcast on translator W290CM

Station Personnel


GM: Richard Miles (September 12, 2017 - Current) (From VP, Interactive Media and Content Strategy at WFYI and WFYI-TV.)
Chief Engineer: Bob Henning
OM: Dave Baes (May 2016 - Current)
PD: Dr. Greg Kostraba
Music Director: John Clare (February 2016 - Current) (From PD at KMFA in Austin, Texas)
News Director: Stan Jastrzebski
Development Director: Rachel Lattimore
Underwriting Coordinator: Brian Garrity (April 2002 - Current)
Underwriting Coordinator: Brenda Renaldo
Mornings: Morning Edition (5:00am - 10:00am) (Emilie Syberg is the local host)
Late Mornings: 1A (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Outlook (BBC) (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Here and Now (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Ask the Mayor (Thursday 1:00pm - 1:35pm)
Mid-Afternoons: Science Friday (Friday 2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Mid-Afternoons: BBC Newshour (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Afternoons: All Things Considered (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Afternoons: Indiana Week in Review (Friday 6:00pm - 6:30pm)
Afternoons: Marketplace (6:30pm - 7:00pm)
Evenings: All Things Considered (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Evenings: Fresh Air with Terry Gross (8:00pm - 9:00pm)
Evenings: 1A (9:00pm - 11:00pm)
Overnights: BBC World Service (11:00pm - 5:00am)
Weekends: Weekend Radio (Saturday 6:00am - 7:00am)
Weekends: To The Best of Our Knowledge (Saturday 7:00am - 8:00am)
Weekends: Weekend Edition Saturday (Saturday 8:00am - 10:00am)
Weekends: Planet Money/How I Built This (Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am)
Weekends: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (Saturday 11:00am - 12:00pm)
Weekends: This American Life (Saturday 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Weekends: The Moth Radio Hour (Saturday 1:00pm - 2:00pm)
Weekends: Itís Been a Minute with Sam Sanders (Saturday 2:00pm - 3:00pm)
Weekends: TED Radio Hour (Saturday 3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Weekends: Snap Judgment (Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm)
Weekends: Weekend All Things Considered (Saturday 5:00pm - 6:00pm)
Weekends: Live From Here (Saturday 6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Weekends: Jazz Cornucopia (Saturday 8:00pm - 11:00pm)
Weekends: BBC World Service (Saturday 11:00pm - Sunday 6:00am)
Weekends: Travel with Rick Steves (Sunday 6:00am - 7:00am)
Weekends: To The Best of Our Knowledge (Sunday 7:00am - 8:00am)
Weekends: Weekend Edition Sunday (Sunday 8:00am - 10:00am)
Weekends: The Splendid Table (Sunday 10:00am - 11:00am)
Weekends: Tech Nation (Sunday 11:00am - 12:00pm)
Weekends: A Way With Words (Sunday 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Weekends: The Best of Car Talk (Sunday 1:0pm - 2:00pm)
Weekends: Zorba Paster on Your Health (Sunday 2:00pm - 3:00pm)
Weekends: Big Picture Science (Sunday 3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Weekends: Living on Earth (Sunday 4:00pm - 5:00pm)
Weekends: Weekend All Things Considered (Sunday 5:00pm - 6:00pm)
Weekends: With Good Reason (Sunday 6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Weekends: Acoustic Blend (Sunday 7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Weekends: Inside Jazz (Sunday 8:00pm - 12:00am)


GM/PD: Jim Miles
GM: Dan Skinner (October 1992 - October 2006) (Now Director/GM at Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kansas)
GM: Tim Singleton (2006 - 2013) (Retired)
GM: Mike Savage (November 1, 2013 - May 2017) (From Director/GM at WKCC-FM in Kankakee, Illinois)
Chief Engineer: Bob Burkhart
Chief Engineer: Maurice Mogridge
Chief Engineer: Ralph Townsley (Deceased 11 February 1998)
Chief Engineer: Jim Keen (January 2011 - 2013)
OM: Bette Carson Mogridge
PD: Dave Bunte
News Director: Mike Arnold (Now Associate Director/Director of Content at Wisconsin Public Radio)
News Director: Mike Loizzo
Membership Director: Courtney Schmidt (2015 - ?)
Development Director: Tammy Godby (2015 - ?) (From Membership Manager at Cincinnati Public Radio)
Underwriting Coordinator: Pamela Dunn
Underwriting Coordinator: Roy Johnson
Late Mornings: The Diane Rehm Show (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Early Afternoons: Fresh Air with Terry Gross (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
Evenings: The Diane Rehm Show (9:00pm - 11:00pm)

Station History

920am signed on April 4, 1922. WBAA originally transmitted from the "entertainment" wavelength (360 meters/833khz). WBAA(AM) is Indiana's oldest continuously operating radio station. A fire in 1929 took WBAA-AM off the air for several months. By the 1930's, WBAA was broadcasting on 1400am, with 500 watts, and sharing time with WCMA, and WKBF. By September 1936, WBAA was on 890am, at 1000 watts, daytime only. In May 2016, Purdue University paid Kaspar Broadcasting Co., Inc. $45,000 for the W290CM translator CP. WBAA(AM) launched translator W290CM on Friday October 21, 2016.

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