WDIY 88.1 FM

WDIY 88.1 FM Lehigh Valley Public Radio: NPR news, local public affairs, and an eclectic mix of music.
In 2020, WDIY is celebrating its 25th anniversary of broadcasting. WDIY serves the community of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey with award-winning NPR programs like 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered' along with locally-produced programs exploring political, financial, and cultural topics in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to NPR news, local news, and local public affairs, WDIY is also home to an eclectic mix of music programs. Classical, folk, jazz, blues, indie rock, world music, and more can be heard on our airwaves every week. We are committed to providing listeners with the most wide-ranging mix of stimulating music for the community we serve--a mix of music that isn't available anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley. WDIY’s unique community model relies on over 120 dedicated volunteers, including over 90 on-air hosts who work to bring the station's programming to listeners year-round. Recently, WDIY was honored with the 2019 Art Ovation Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts by the Allentown Arts Commission. WDIY is a commercial-free, listener-supported radio station. The largest--and most reliable--source of support for the station comes from member contributions. All donations made to the station are tax-deductible. WDIY is licensed to the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WDIY can be heard at: • 88.1 FM in the Lehigh Valley and beyond • 93.9 FM in Easton/Phillipsburg • 93.7 FM in Fogelsville/Trexlertown • Streaming Online: http://wdiy.org/

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller concludes the feature on classic singer-songwriters with...
05/31/2020

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller concludes the feature on classic singer-songwriters with songs from Richard Thompson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Robin & Linda Williams, Tom Russell, Jackson Browne and more.

10 - 11 am | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Tonight on Hidden Charms,  come sail away with Neil and Shelly Hever, playing the music of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s! Yo...
05/30/2020

Tonight on Hidden Charms, come sail away with Neil and Shelly Hever, playing the music of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s! You'll hear some great Yacht Rock tunes from Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, America, Little River Band, and more. Plus music from The Young Rascals, Stevie Wonder, and the Cars! They close out the show with a great set of music from black artists.

7 - 8 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

May, 2020, Top 20 Report for Galactic Travels™.one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM #ManyChoicesRealVoiceshttps://www.wd...
05/30/2020
Galactic Travels™ Top 20 Report for May, 2020.

May, 2020, Top 20 Report for Galactic Travels™.
one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM #ManyChoicesRealVoices
https://www.wdiy.org/post/galactic-travels-top-20-report-may-2020
https://billfox.blogspot.com/2020/05/galactic-travels-top-20-report-for-may_30.html
http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/top20-05may.html
Syndromeda & Perceptual Defence were the Special Focus for May.

WDIY 88.1 FM Galactic Travels ™ Top 20 for May , 2020. Shows #1205 to #1208; 7- May -2020 to 28- May -2020 Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order.

Galactic Travels™ Playlist #1208 for May 28, 2020.https://billfox.blogspot.com/2020/05/galactic-travels-playlist-1208-fo...
05/29/2020
Galactic Travels™ Playlist #1208 for May 28, 2020.

Galactic Travels™ Playlist #1208 for May 28, 2020.
https://billfox.blogspot.com/2020/05/galactic-travels-playlist-1208-for-may.html
one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM
#ManyChoicesRealVoices

RECAP:
On this show, the month-long focus on Syndromeda & Perceptual Defence concluded. The Featured CD at Midnight was "Live at Cosmic Nights 2017" on SynGate Records. You also heard new music by Matthias Grübel on TruthTable Records and by Joe Olnick.

http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/200528.html https://billfox.blogspot.com/2020/05/galactic-travels-playlist-1208-for-may.html Ga...

🔊 The holy month of Ramadan ended last Saturday, but you can now listen to last month's Lehigh Valley Discourse on the i...
05/29/2020
Importance of Ramadan with Suleyman Eris and Imam Mustafa Zayn | LV Discourse

🔊 The holy month of Ramadan ended last Saturday, but you can now listen to last month's Lehigh Valley Discourse on the importance of this holiday for Muslims with representatives from the Respect Graduate School in Bethlehem and the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

T his week's Lehigh Valley Discourse falls a day before the start of Ramadan, so the show focuses on Islam and the importance of the holy month for Muslims

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05/28/2020
Galactic Travels™

GALACTIC TRAVELS™ ON WDIY
https://www.wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels
Please SHARE this post so that more people can listen to and support the artists.

Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels™, the month-long Special Focus on Syndromeda & Perceptual Defence concludes. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “Live at Cosmic Nights 2017” on SynGate Records. The Special Focus page is at http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/focus.html#may

You will also hear new music by Matthias Grübel on TruthTable Records and by @JoeOlnickMusic.

Galactic Travels™ is an electronic, ambient, and space music show that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM, Allentown and http://wdiy.org. Many Choices, Real Voices.

To ensure the continuation of Galactic Travels™, become a WDIY member now!
http://bit.ly/2GWvBNK

A continuous soundscape of electronic, ambient, and space music to expand the vistas of your mind.

Roller Derby is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley and across the country. This evening on Lehigh Valley Discourse, gue...
05/28/2020

Roller Derby is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley and across the country. This evening on Lehigh Valley Discourse, guests Kim Dwyer, Michelle Messa and Kyla Szemenyei--skaters all--tell what it's like to play this sport: not only on the rink but camaraderie and sisterhood in life. It's a fun hour with host John Pearce, recorded shortly before lockdown orders put events on hold across the area.

6 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Steve Earle has always been a voice for change and for the worker, according to Blend host Keith Kelleher. And that's ...
05/27/2020
WDIY New Music Spotlight: Steve Earle & The Dukes - 'Ghosts of West Virginia'

🔊 Steve Earle has always been a voice for change and for the worker, according to Blend host Keith Kelleher. And that's never been more true than on the alt country artist's new album that was released last week. Read Keith's thoughts and listen to the gritty and searing "Black Lung".

Steve Earle has always been a voice for change, the working man, for freedom in the face all that is unjust and corrupt in this wrong-ended world. Coming

🔊 This show from last month featured archaeologist, author, and Northampton Community College professor Edward Henning d...
05/27/2020
History of the Industrial Revolution in the Lehigh Valley | LV Discourse

🔊 This show from last month featured archaeologist, author, and Northampton Community College professor Edward Henning discussing the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in the Lehigh Valley. ⤵️

John Pearce welcomes archaeologist, author, and Northampton Community College professor Edward Henning to discuss the beginnings of the Industrial

🔊 When it comes to your financial documents, how and what should you keep? Catch up on the last week's Your Financial Ch...
05/26/2020
Document Retention | Your Financial Choices

🔊 When it comes to your financial documents, how and what should you keep? Catch up on the last week's Your Financial Choices. ⤵️

Host Laurie Siebert returns to the airwaves remotely to discuss: "Document Retention – How and what you should keep?"

WDIY is committed to providing our listeners with timely and accurate information on COVID-19. This page was created in ...
05/25/2020
COVID-19 Resources & Updates

WDIY is committed to providing our listeners with timely and accurate information on COVID-19. This page was created in March and is updated regularly with resources from local, state, and national agencies as well as WDIY's local news reports on the virus' impact on Lehigh Valley residents.

WDIY is committed to providing our listeners with timely and accurate information on COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This page will

Remembering those who have served that we have lost today on Memorial Day. This photo of Allentown's World War I Victory...
05/25/2020

Remembering those who have served that we have lost today on Memorial Day. This photo of Allentown's World War I Victory Parade was taken nearly 100 years ago in 1919 on the 700 Block of Hamilton Street.

🔊 Laurie Siebert returned remotely for this show discussing cash flow decisions in regards to social security and retire...
05/24/2020
Cash Flow Decisions | Your Financial Choices

🔊 Laurie Siebert returned remotely for this show discussing cash flow decisions in regards to social security and retirement planning. Catch up on Your Financial Choices ⤵️

Continuing her remote broadcasting schedule, host Laurie Siebert discusses cash flow decisions in regards to social security and retirement planning.

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller continues with his Classic Songwriter Feature. The progr...
05/24/2020

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller continues with his Classic Songwriter Feature. The program features some of the best including Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Greg Brown, Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Jimmy Webb, and many more.

10 - 11 am | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Tonight on Hidden Charms, Neil and Shelly Hever have some feel good music of the '60s, '70s, and '80s to help get your h...
05/23/2020

Tonight on Hidden Charms, Neil and Shelly Hever have some feel good music of the '60s, '70s, and '80s to help get your holiday weekend and the unofficial beginning of your summer started off right! The show starts off with a tribute to Phil May of the Pretty Things. Kick back and enjoy!

7 - 8 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Allentown-based The Morning Call is one of several Tribune Publishing newspapers that has seen journalists receive pay...
05/23/2020
Fresh Newsroom Cuts At Tribune Stir Mistrust As 'Vulture' Investor Looms

🔊 Allentown-based The Morning Call is one of several Tribune Publishing newspapers that has seen journalists receive pay cuts and furloughs recently. (via NPR)

Inside the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain, all eyes are focusing on Thursday's annual shareholder meeting. The hedge fund Alden Global Capital is

🔊 Hotels and restaurants have taken the brunt of the economic shock from the coronavirus outbreak in the Lehigh Valley. ...
05/23/2020
Lehigh Valley Hospitality Industry Coping with Coronavirus

🔊 Hotels and restaurants have taken the brunt of the economic shock from the coronavirus outbreak in the Lehigh Valley. WDIY's James Johnson talked with Historic Hotel Bethlehem managing partner Bruce Haines and Paxos Restaurants founder George Paxos for their perspectives.

James Johnson looks at the coronavirus' impact on the Lehigh Valley hospitality industry with insight from Bruce Haines, managing partner of Hotel

🔊 Last Saturday, we featured The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performing Bach's "Mass in B Minor" in honor of the canceled Be...
05/23/2020
New Takes On Bach And Handel Delight The Ears During The Pandemic

🔊 Last Saturday, we featured The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performing Bach's "Mass in B Minor" in honor of the canceled Bethlehem Bach Festival. If you're looking for more fantastic takes on Bach's music, this recent feature from Fresh Air with Terry Gross is a must-listen, previewing violinist Johnny Gandelsman's new collection of Bach's suites for solo cello performed on the violin!

Copyright 2020 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Our classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says he's

Mike Riess is back tonight for the Friday Night Late Night, bringing you two hours of indie and alternative favorites in...
05/23/2020

Mike Riess is back tonight for the Friday Night Late Night, bringing you two hours of indie and alternative favorites including Soccer Mommy, Brendan Benson, Nick Lowe, The Strokes, Violent Femmes, and more!

11 pm - 1 am | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Dr. Jeffrey Jahre from St. Luke's University Health Network discusses the declining number of daily COVID-19 cases at ...
05/22/2020
Coronavirus Update with St. Luke's Dr. Jeffrey Jahre

🔊 Dr. Jeffrey Jahre from St. Luke's University Health Network discusses the declining number of daily COVID-19 cases at St. Luke's facilities, if those infected with the virus become immune, his thoughts on opening Pennsylvania businesses amidst the pandemic, and more.

James Johnson checks back in with Dr. Jeffrey Jahre to discuss the declining number of new daily cases of COVID-19 at St. Luke's facilities, whether those

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05/21/2020
Galactic Travels™

GALACTIC TRAVELS™ ON WDIY
https://www.wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travels
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Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels™, the month-long Special Focus on Syndromeda & Perceptual Defence continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “The End of the Universe” on SynGate Records.

You will also hear new music by Forrest Smithson and by Michael Brückner - Ambient, Electronica & more....

Galactic Travels™ is an electronic, ambient, and space music show that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM, Allentown and http://wdiy.org. Many Choices, Real Voices.

To ensure the continuation of Galactic Travels™, become a WDIY member now!
http://bit.ly/2GWvBNK

A continuous soundscape of electronic, ambient, and space music to expand the vistas of your mind.

Tonight on Lehigh Valley Discourse, The Bible: How many are there? Creation stories – are they myths? Some folks claim t...
05/21/2020

Tonight on Lehigh Valley Discourse, The Bible: How many are there? Creation stories – are they myths? Some folks claim the universe is 6,000 years old. How did scribes of yore work? How tricky are translations? These and many other questions tonight as we revisit last year's interview with guest Dr. Dustin Nash, professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College.

6 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Laura Marling's latest album, written for a fictional child, finds the British songwriter pulling back on the producti...
05/20/2020
WDIY New Music Spotlight: Laura Marling - 'Song for Our Daughter'

🔊 Laura Marling's latest album, written for a fictional child, finds the British songwriter pulling back on the production of her previous album to put her calming voice at the forefront. Read Blend host Keith Kelleher's thoughts and listen to the beautiful, "Only the Strong."

Coming during a time in history when we need some vital words of comfort and encouragement more than ever, Laura Marling has seen fit to release her latest

Good morning, classical fans (and musicians).
05/19/2020

Good morning, classical fans (and musicians).

Concertos and complaints ...

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller begins a two-part feature focusing on classic singer-son...
05/17/2020

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller begins a two-part feature focusing on classic singer-songwriters. Tom will offer some of the finest including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Rush, and many more.

10 - 11 am | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network joined us again to discuss St. Luke's COVID-19 testing, effe...
05/16/2020
Coronavirus Update with St. Luke's Dr. Jeffrey Jahre

🔊 Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network joined us again to discuss St. Luke's COVID-19 testing, effective therapies, and their effort to sterilize N95 masks for front line workers.

WDIY's James Johnson speaks again with Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network for an update on St. Luke's COVID-19 testing, effective

President Trump visited Allentown on Thursday, appearing at  Owens & Minor, a medical equipment distribution center, to ...
05/16/2020
Trump Pushes 'America First' Approach To Boost Medical Stockpile

President Trump visited Allentown on Thursday, appearing at Owens & Minor, a medical equipment distribution center, to announce his plan to rebuild the U.S. stockpile of medical supplies depleted by the coronavirus pandemic. NPR Reports.

Updated at 6 p.m. ET President Trump used a medical equipment distribution center in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Thursday as a backdrop to

Today is the day! 🎼 ♫ ♬ We are pleased to welcome many of those who would have attended this year's Bethlehem Bach Festi...
05/16/2020

Today is the day! 🎼 ♫ ♬

We are pleased to welcome many of those who would have attended this year's Bethlehem Bach Festival to our airwaves and webstream for this special broadcast event with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. A link to the program guide is in the comments.

2:30 - 4:30 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

05/14/2020

GALACTIC TRAVELS™ ON WDIY
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Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels™, the month-long Special Focus on Syndromeda & Perceptual Defence continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be “Wormhole” on SynGate Records. The Special Focus page is at http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/focus.html#may

You will also hear new music by Vic Hennegan on Alien Tribes Music and by Bouvetøya.

Galactic Travels™ is an electronic, ambient, and space music show that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm, one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM, Allentown and http://wdiy.org. Many Choices, Real Voices.

To ensure the continuation of Galactic Travels™, become a WDIY member now!
http://bit.ly/2GWvBNK

This week on Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Alan Jennings talks with Jesse Van Tol, President of the National Community R...
05/14/2020

This week on Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Alan Jennings talks with Jesse Van Tol, President of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a coalition of bank activists who press the financial services industry to reinvest in low-income neighborhoods; plus David Bradley, Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation, the national lobbyist for the network of local organizations like Jennings' CACLV that were the original War on Poverty.

Thursday, 6 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Tonight on Your Financial Choices, host Laurie Siebert is back on air remotely discussing: “Retirement plan options unde...
05/13/2020

Tonight on Your Financial Choices, host Laurie Siebert is back on air remotely discussing: “Retirement plan options under the CARES Act and RMDs.”

6 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Blend host Keith Kelleher's spotlight this week is the new album from the San Francisco-based psychedelic roots rocker C...
05/13/2020
WDIY New Music Spotlight: Chuck Prophet - 'The Land That Time Forgot'

Blend host Keith Kelleher's spotlight this week is the new album from the San Francisco-based psychedelic roots rocker Chuck Prophet Official. Read Keith's thoughts and watch the video for the first single, "Marathon."

Chuck Prophet, the San Francisco-based psychedelic roots rocker is back with a new album entitled The Land That Time Forgot (2020-Yep Roc Records).

05/11/2020
The Mass in B Minor - our community coming together to listen and enjoy!

This weekend would have marked the beginning of the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival which has been canceled due to the ongoing health restrictions. Each year at the festival, the choir performs Bach’s masterpiece, the "Mass in B Minor" at 2:30 pm on Saturday afternoons. This year, WDIY has partnered with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem to allow people to "gather" in their own homes and experience the concert's beautiful centerpiece via WDIY's airwaves and website.

Saturday, 2:30 - 4:30 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Our Virtual Bethlehem Bach Festival's Mass in B Minor - please mark your calendar and join us to hear The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival orchestra...

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In 2020, WDIY is celebrating its 25th anniversary of broadcasting. WDIY serves the community of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey with award-winning NPR programs like 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered' along with locally-produced programs exploring political, financial, and cultural topics in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to NPR news, local news, and local public affairs, WDIY is also home to an eclectic mix of music programs. Classical, folk, jazz, blues, indie rock, world music, and more can be heard on our airwaves every week. We are committed to providing listeners with the most wide-ranging mix of stimulating music for the community we serve--a mix of music that isn't available anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley. WDIY’s unique community model relies on over 120 dedicated volunteers, including over 90 on-air hosts who work to bring the station's programming to listeners year-round. Recently, WDIY was honored with the 2019 Art Ovation Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts by the Allentown Arts Commission. WDIY is a commercial-free, listener-supported radio station. The largest--and most reliable--source of support for the station comes from member contributions. All donations made to the station are tax-deductible. WDIY is licensed to the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WDIY can be heard at: • 88.1 FM in the Lehigh Valley and beyond • 93.9 FM in Easton/Phillipsburg • 93.7 FM in Fogelsville/Trexlertown • Streaming Online: http://wdiy.org/

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The Start-Up of WDIY

Cheryl Haughney returned to the Lehigh Valley in the late 1970s after graduating from college in Worcester, Massachusetts. While attending Clark University, she worked as a volunteer programmer at community radio station WCUW-FM. Haughney hoped to continue in community broadcasting after graduation, but could not find any volunteer opportunities close to home. Then, in 1981, she contacted Neil Hever, student program director for Muhlenberg College's FM radio station, WMUH.

The conversation between Haughney and Hever led to the idea of providing coverage during the college’s summer vacation, when the station traditionally shut down. With approval from the administration, the two recruited a handful of community and student volunteers to run WMUH that summer. The success of their programming enabled the volunteers to broadcast during all of the college’s subsequent breaks, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring. Eventually, coverage was extended to include overnights, keeping WMUH on the air 24 hours a day year round.

WMUH's community programming attracted a loyal listenership and with it, an influx of volunteers. To coordinate the growing grassroots effort, a board of directors was formed, and in August 1984, the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association was incorporated as a nonprofit membership-based organization. The association's mission was to offer listeners alternatives to the music and news carried on other stations while giving community members the opportunity to gain experience in radio.

By 1989, the organization had over 150 members, most of whom served as programmers on WMUH. Meanwhile, the LVCBA became active in the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB). Through the NFCB, board member Charles James learned of a broadcast engineer who thought it might be possible to obtain an FCC license to start a public radio station in the Lehigh Valley. The idea had been explored in the late 1970s by other groups, who found a frequency could not be added between 88.1 and 92.9, the portion of the FM band reserved for public broadcasting.

However, advances in engineering design technologies in the ensuing decade made it possible to fine tune signals to minimize possible interference with other stations. Charlie Loughery, the engineer referred by the NFCB, worked for the New Jersey Network of public television and radio stations. Over the years he had used his technical knowledge to start his own network of non-commercial Christian stations.

The LVCBA board commissioned Loughery to conduct an engineering study, which determined a signal could be squeezed in at 89.3 FM. On October 19, 1989, the association filed a license application with the FCC for a 100-watt station. While the wattage was low, the engineering plan called for locating an antenna on WFMZ-TV's tower on South Mountain. From this vantage point, the station's signal could reach most of the Lehigh Valley.

Just before the close of the one-year waiting period, two groups filed competing applications. After an extensive review, on February 5, 1993, the FCC awarded 89.3 to both the LVCBA and one of the other applicants. However, the ruling was “mutually exclusive,” meaning both parties had equal rights to the frequency, and the commission turned over the case to an administrative law judge.

To resolve the situation, Loughery suggested an alternative: find another frequency. At the direction of the association's board, he undertook a new study and devised an even more elaborate antenna system to enable the use of 88.1 FM. The LVCBA then asked the FCC to award 89.3 to the other applicant in exchange for 88.1. The FCC agreed and after a favorable review of the new engineering study, granted construction permits to the two organizations on August 24, 1993.

One of the LVCBA board’s first actions was to run a contest seeking suggestions for the station's call sign. From the 30 or so submissions received, the board selected WDIY, which stands for Do It Yourself. Inspired by the Peter Gabriel song “D.I.Y.,” the letters reflected the group's grassroots origins. Unfortunately, WDIY already was assigned to a U.S. Coast Guard ship, the Good Tidings. At the FCC's suggestion, the LVCBA wrote to the admiral in charge of the Coast Guard to ask if it would relinquish the letters. The request was granted.

Around the same time, the LVCBA decided to seek affiliation with National Public Radio. While Lehigh Valley listeners could receive NPR programming from Philadelphia and Scranton, reception was spotty. Affiliation with NPR would enable the LVCBA to carry what were widely regarded as the finest news programs in radio, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In combining NPR with volunteer-based programming, the LVCBA created a format that had few parallels nationwide, a hybrid it referred to as “community public radio.”

The LVCBA board also began the search for a location. After looking at properties in center city Allentown and Bethlehem, members of the board journeyed to Bethlehem during a nighttime snowstorm in January 1994 to tour the third floor of a historic five-story flatiron building on the city's South Side. The building, at Broadway and South Fourth Street, had housed banks for nearly a century. The facility met all of the association's specifications in terms of space, location and technical requirements.

The next month, the board authorized its executive committee to negotiate a lease for 301 Broadway. With the lease secured, construction of the station's offices and studios began. Meanwhile, a microwave transmitter connecting the station with the tower on South Mountain was mounted on a 40-foot pole on top of the building, and a satellite dish was installed for receiving programming from NPR.

The LVCBA hired its first employee in late 1993, Ira Faro, who as development director oversaw the initial fund-raising. As expected, the association received a $120,000 equipment grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition, Faro requested a $50,000 legislative initiative grant from a state senator for construction of the station's offices and studios. The association also received start-up grants from Lehigh and Northampton counties, the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and the Bethlehem Musikfest Association.

In 1994, nationwide searches were conducted for hiring a manager and program director to oversee the station. From the dozens of candidates who applied, two finalists were selected, both from the staff of WNYC-FM in New York, one of the nation's largest public radio stations. Mark Maben was hired as station manager in July and Christine Dempsey as program director in October.

After several months of additional planning, training and fund-raising under its new staff, WDIY went on the air on the morning of Sunday, January 8, 1995 with a ceremony and celebration at its South Bethlehem studios. Appropriately, the first sounds listeners heard during WDIY's inaugural broadcast were the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah and Peter Gabriel's “D.I.Y.”

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Just discovered your station. Love the varied playlist.
Keep on rockin'. You're killin' it tonight.
Thank goodness for Hidden Charms! Great tunes & fond memories by Neil Hever & Shelly Hever! 💙
Happy Public Radio Music Day!
Thank you Neil Hever for maintaining WDIY's diversity during this time.
Next lyric video from the Yoyo xno EP ”02022020”
I’m really enjoying tonight’s playlist. Thanks!
Excellent playlist this afternoon! Great job!
"We're all swimming to the other side" Perfect! I love that song🎶
"I Will Survive"--thanks, Dave, Gloria and The Blend!
Great party tonight to celebrate 25 years as Lehigh Valley's own, independent public radio station. It was fabulous to see so many friends of our radio tribe! Congrats to everyone who worked over the years to make this happen. Much appreciation to staff and volunteers for throwing such a fun party too. You deserve a good rest!
Alison DelRe with WDIY's birthday cake!