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 a broadcast schedule from 3 to 9 pm, seven days a week

1950s

1950
– B. Kendall Crane named first Station Manager
– WDUQ music library contains 3,000 records
1952
– Hourly news reports begin
1959
– Broadcast hours expanded during academic year

1960s

1967
– The Carnegie Commission Report recommends the development of a national public broadcasting network and Congress asked to support the system
1969
– FCC approves frequency change to 90.5 FM
– WDUQ record library contains 20,000 selections
– WDUQ airs first jazz program a live broadcast with Eric Kloss, Walt Harper Quintet, Al Dowe Quintet, Reid Jaynes-Hershey Quintet, Jeanne Baxter, Three Belles & Bobby OBrien
– Studio moves to West Wing of Administration Building

1970s

1971
– WDUQ joins the new Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and becomes charter member of National Public Radio (NPR)
1972
– Power increases from 2,750 to 25,000 watts
– WDUQ airs first broadcast of “All Things Considered”
1974
– WDUQ broadcasts 16 hours daily, 7 days/week
1975
– Fire due to lightning destroys WDUQ studios & offices
1976
– Radio Information Service for the blind begins broadcasts through WDUQ’s subcarrier channel
1979
– WDUQ airs first broadcast of “Morning Edition”
– Listening audience of 30,000 per week

1980s

1980
– New satellite receiving system installed
– Move to current location in Des Places Language Center
1987
– WDUQ airs the new “Car Talk” program
1988
– WDUQ begins airing “Fresh Air with Terry Gross”
– Funding received for National Productions office
1989
– Daytime jazz added to WDUQ programming

1990s

1995
– WDUQ web site launched
1996
– Michael Feldmans “Whad Ya Know” comes to Pittsburgh for national broadcast
– WDUQ begins airing “This American Life”
– Audience grows to 86,000 listeners per week
1997
– WDUQ and BSU launch JazzWorks, a national jazz network
– Audio streaming becomes available on WDUQ web site
1998
– “Last Call at The Balcony,” WDUQ’s first compact disc released
– Jazz expands to seven days a week
1999
– JazzWorks receives $390,000 grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting
– WDUQ audience exceeds 132,000 listeners per week
– WDUQ celebrates its 50th anniversary
– Second audio channel – the 24 hour jazz stream – available on the web site

2000s

2000
– WDUQ is presented with the first Mellon Jazz Community Award
2001
– WDUQ’s audience is the largest of the Pittsburgh public radio stations
– A major donor program, Signature Circle, is created at WDUQ
2002
– WDUQ expands and updates the web site
2003
– Playlists for WDUQ jazz programs added to web site in response to listener requests
– WDUQ is one of the first public radio stations to carry NPRs new afternoon news show, “Day to Day”
– More than 160,000 listeners in the tri-state region listen to WDUQ each week