Welcome back to Penn State!
Written by Alex Mellott on August 28, 2017
On behalf of the staff at The Lion 90.7 FM, welcome back to Penn State! We’re excited to bring you the latest in programming ranging from sports, jazz, pop, talk shows, and other great programming created for students, by students. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Penn State Student Radio!
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. Since then, we’ve constantly evolved to meet the changing needs of our listeners. With our focus on the future, we’re eager to have new members join the team.
If you think student radio is the place for you, then get involved with us! Send us a message or come visit us in the HUB-Robeson Center on campus. There’s always something to do at The Lion whether it’s on air or behind the scenes.
I look forward to sharing the year with you. On behalf of all of us at The Lion, welcome back to Penn State!