online home of Indy's only
Jazz and Classical Music Station: 88.7 The Diamond
WICR, 88.7 FM, is a public
radio station owned by the Board of Trustees of the University of
Indianapolis and operated by university students, faculty, and staff
with programming contributed by The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis
and other outside, independent producers.
WICR provides students a wealth of opportunities to learn valuable
skills needed in the radio broadcasting and allied industries. These
opportunities range from on-air work to behind-the-scenes roles in
production, programming, news, sports, promotions, sales, and engineering.
The History of WICR
WICR began operating in 1962 with ten watts of power. In the early
days, the station featured a variety of programs focusing on rock
and jazz music. In the late 70's, WICR began offering classical music
programs during drive time. A partnership with The
Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis still exists today!
1982, WICR was granted an increase in effective radiated power to
2,500 watts, later to be increased to 5,000 watts as a licensed non-commercial,
full-power Class B radio station. The combination of 5,000 watts of
power and an antenna height of 1,000 feet give WICR the coverage area
equal to that of a 30,000-watt FM station.In 1983, WICR began broadcasting
from remodeled studio facilities in Buxton Hall. In 1999, WICR moved
to the Sease Wing of Krannert Memorial Library. The state-of-the-art
facilities feature a master control studio, talk studio, news studio,
two production studios, and offices.In 2005, WICR moved into its new
state of the art facilities in the new addition of Esch Hall. It features
the air studio, talk and news studios, along with 5 production studios.
Mission & Purpose
- students by preparing them for successful careers in the field of
radio broadcasting as guided by the central mission of the University
- the University of Indianapolis by promoting the University's interests
as an institution of higher learning and as a contributing member
of the local community;
- the public interest of the Indianapolis community and our Central
Indiana listeners in accordance with the terms of our broadcast license.
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