Penn State’s first student radio station, WDFM, 91.5FM, was started as a senior class gift and went on the air in 1953. In 1985, WDFM became a National Public Radio carrier and changed its call letters to WPSU. This limited student programming to a very few hours a week, and those were late at night. When WPSU expanded its coverage area in 1994, there was less of a reason to have student programming. Consequently, an application was sent to the Federal Communications Commission for a 100-watt student radio station. After several delays, the FCC granted a license to 90.7FM, WKPS, in July of 1995.
After months of organizing, WKPS went on the air on Monday, October 30th, 1995 and began broadcasting from the James building on 123 South Burrowes St., then home of WPSU.
Since that Monday, our audience has grown, we’ve introduced new programming to our format, we’ve redecorated and won awards, and we’ve moved into the HUB in August of 2003. We’ve seen new and fresh faces join our family and said good-bye to many old friends. As radio stations go, WKPS is still young and in many ways we are still growing.
In 2000, with the beginning of a new century, WKPS received a facelift and became The LION 90.7FM.