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 from Classical Music Indy, American Public Media, 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 Classical Music Indy still exists today!
In 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.
Our Mission and Purpose
students by preparing them for successful careers in the field of radio broadcasting as guided by the central mission of the University of Indianapolis,
- 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.