2006 Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Awards First Place, Public Affairs. “Johnny Gammage’s Death: Ten Years Later” Reporters/Producers: Mark Nootbaar, Katherine Fink and Charlee Song. Second Place, Public Affairs. “KOZ: Opportunity Missed” Reporter/ Producer: Katherine Fink. Second Place, Enterprise/Individual Reporting. “Growth of the Latino Community” Reporter/ Producer: Katherin Fink. Third Place, Enterprise/Individual Reporting. “Ivan’s Impact: One…


1949 March – Studio space allocated and radio equipment purchased May – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves licensing at 89.3 FM and two studios installed on campus Nov. – Power increased from 10 to 2750 watts and frequency changed to 91.5 FM. Dec. 15 – At 6 pm, WDUQ officially goes on the air with…


Since 2001, WDUQ reaches the most listeners of any public radio outlet in the region. Over the course of 50+ years, the weekly audience has grown to approximately 160,000 listeners in the tri-state region. WDUQ has received national recognition in the public radio system as a leader in news, jazz and other music and spoken…


Jazz on WDUQ

With Pittsburgh’s strong roots in the history of American jazz, WDUQ is proud to be the tri-state region’s premier jazz station. In 1969, WDUQ aired its first jazz radio program. Twenty years later, daytime jazz was added to the program schedule and in 1998, jazz programming was expanded to seven days a week.   In…


The 1980s saw a great amount of growth in public radio. WDUQ joined in that advancement with greatly increasing listenership, staffing and programming.The station’s commitment to balanced, insightful coverage of critical issues continued to grow. WDUQ newsroom today WDUQs local and regional news effort became award-winning in the 1980s and continues today. Recognition has been…


WDUQ was one of the 190 charter members involved in the creation of the NPR (National Public Radio) news and information network in 1970. On April 17, 1972 WDUQ aired the first broadcast of NPR’s afternoon news program, All Things Considered. NPR’s Morning Edition was first broadcast on November 5, 1979. WDUQ has carried these…


Duquesne University began exploring the creation of a FM radio station throughout the 1940s. In early 1949, studio space was allocated on the second floor of the University Administration building, radio equipment was purchased and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the licensing of WDUQ at a frequency of 89.3 FM.   WDUQ’s first General…


Pittsburghs First Public Radio Station: A History of WDUQ 90.5 FM WDUQ 90.5 FM’s history on the Pittsburgh airwaves is a story of growth and change in communications that in many ways reflects the evolution of radio on the FM band and the development and growth of non-commercial, public radio across the United States. In…