About Titan Radio

WWNW first signed on January 31, 1968, at its present frequency of 88.9 mHz; but with an output power of 39 watts and the call letters of WKPS, operating about 10 hours a day. The station had a diverse, free form format typical of most college radio stations. Jerome Henderson served as the station’s first general manager and director of broadcasting. By 1981, the station changed its call letters to WWNW, increased its power to 110 watts, expanded its broadcast day to 18 hours daily, and David L. Barner, now Chair of the college’s School of Communications, joined the station as the director of broadcasting. Under Barner’s direction, the station experienced its biggest changes into what it is today. Barner, a solid veteran with years of experience at all levels and job types associated with broadcasting, felt that in order for students to be successful in broadcasting, they had to have a combination of considerable hands-on lab experience at either a campus or commercial broadcast facility, and classroom work that was practical and adaptable to this career path. Barner’s belief was that in order for this to happen, the campus radio station had to have the sound and feel of a major market commercial radio facility, with coursework taught by seasoned broadcast professionals. Unlike many stations on the non-commercial FM band, WWNW is programmed much like a commercially formatted for-profit enterprise, rather than a free-form program-based format often found at most college radio stations. The most obvious exception is the lack of commercials, which are replaced by logged public service announcements, station promos, and underwritings at certain points during the broadcast day. Since the early 80’s, WWNW has programmed a mass-appeal format of adult contemporary music, first using the moniker “Hit Radio 89”, with local newscasts relative to the community. Over the years, the station was named after the school mascot, taking the name “Titan Radio”, in an effort to enhance school spirit, but the programming elements remained the same. The station was granted permission to increase its power to its current level of 4,000 watts in 2008, giving it a signal comparable to most small market FM stations on the commercial dial spectrum. In 2008, Titan Radio received a BEST CAMPUS RADIO STATION recognition from the Princeton Review ranking it among the Top 20 College Radio Stations in the U.S. That recognition continued in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 and 2013. Titan Radio is a broadcast member of the Pennsylvania Associated Press. The station is the only AP member station in Lawrence County, and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB). “Titan Radio” also streams online on titanradiolive.com and has free mobile apps for both Apple and Android. Current programming includes a mix of hot adult contemporary music, live local sports, and a selection of special national award winning programs that are produced by alumni