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/

Mission: The mission of WDIY as a public radio station is to engage the Lehigh Valley community through a wide-ranging exchange of music, arts, news and culturally diverse information.

🔊 Downtown Allentown's arts scene just got a boost thanks to the addition of a new gallery called ARTHAUS, a collaborati...
10/14/2020
Allentown Arts Commission's Jane Heft and ARTHAUS Gallery Director Deborah Rabinsky | LV Arts Salon

🔊 Downtown Allentown's arts scene just got a boost thanks to the addition of a new gallery called ARTHAUS, a collaboration between the Allentown Arts Commission (AAC) and RE:find. Host Kate Scuffle talked to the AAC's Jane Heft and ARTHAUS Gallery Director Deborah Rabinsky to learn more.

Host Kate Scuffle discusses ARTHAUS, the new arts gallery in downtown Allentown which is a creative collaboration between the Allentown Arts Commission and

🔊 An important story heard on NPR All Things Considered last week -- As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, more American...
10/14/2020
Pandemic Drives More Americans To Food Banks

🔊 An important story heard on NPR All Things Considered
last week -- As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, more Americans are turning to food banks. And many of the food banks say they can't keep up with demand. This makes WDIY's benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania during the Fall Membership Drive even more timely.

Copyright 2020 Texas Public Radio. To see more, visit Texas Public Radio. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Hunger is still a problem in some places across the

Our Executive Director Greg Capogna and volunteer host Silagh White have a couple thank you's for donors on DAY #2 of WD...
10/13/2020

Our Executive Director Greg Capogna and volunteer host Silagh White have a couple thank you's for donors on DAY #2 of WDIY's Fall Membership Drive. We wouldn't be here without our members!

Join host Greg Capogna this evening for a WDIY 25th Anniversary Special looking back at the beginning of the station. He...
10/13/2020

Join host Greg Capogna this evening for a WDIY 25th Anniversary Special looking back at the beginning of the station. Hear the story of how the Lehigh Valley's first NPR public radio station defied the odds and went from dream to reality, as told by some of the original volunteers who made it possible:

• Cheryl Haughney (Board President)
• Charles James (Board Member and Rhythm & Roots host)
• Neil Hever (Operations Director and Hidden Charms host)
• Rick Weaver (Celtic Faire host).
• Plus, an archived piece voiced by the late Bob Cohen (WDIY's first classical host).

6 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Katarah Jordan is the new Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Tonight on O...
10/12/2020

Katarah Jordan is the new Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Tonight on On Every Main Street, host Greg Capogna talks with Katarah about adjusting to the new position, the work Second Harvest is doing in the Lehigh Valley, and the partnership for WDIY's Fall Membership Drive which is providing 21 meals to Second Harvest for every $100 WDIY raises.

6:30 - 7 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

There's a new art gallery in downtown Allentown! Tonight on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon, host Kate Scuffle talks about ARTH...
10/12/2020

There's a new art gallery in downtown Allentown! Tonight on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon, host Kate Scuffle talks about ARTHAUS, a collaboration between the Allentown Arts Commission and RE:find located at 645 Hamilton Street.

Guests Jane Heft, Chair of the Allentown Arts Commission, and Deborah Rabinsky, ARTHAUS Gallery Curator and Director, tell us more.

6 - 6:30 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

After a great couple of weeks of running our Pre-Drive Campaign, we are kicking off WDIY's 2020 Fall Membership Drive to...
10/12/2020

After a great couple of weeks of running our Pre-Drive Campaign, we are kicking off WDIY's 2020 Fall Membership Drive today. Marcie Lightwood and Mike Riess are (socially distanced) in the studio with thank you's for our drive ice breakers!

🔊 Killian & the Comeback Kids is a Lehigh Valley-produced independent film written and directed by and starring Taylor A...
10/11/2020
Killian & the Comeback Kids | At the Movies

🔊 Killian & the Comeback Kids is a Lehigh Valley-produced independent film written and directed by and starring Taylor A. Purdee of Easton. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the romantic comedy drama.

“Killian & the Comeback Kids” is a Lehigh Valley-produced independent film written and directed by and starring Taylor A. Purdee of Easton. Paul

Big band and swing music are coming your way today on Swing Sunday. Steve and Rosalie will feature some listener request...
10/11/2020

Big band and swing music are coming your way today on Swing Sunday. Steve and Rosalie will feature some listener requests, as well as artists and songs ranging from the familiar to the rarely heard. Duke Heitger & His Swing Band are among those included in the mix.

5 - 7 p.m. | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Today on Rhythm and the Roots, host Carlos Benjamin features music by John Hiatt, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Ray Mason ba...
10/11/2020

Today on Rhythm and the Roots, host Carlos Benjamin features music by John Hiatt, Billy Joe Shaver, and the Ray Mason band from Northampton, MA along with an assortment of American rock, rockabilly, surf, alt country, and traditional country.

3 - 5 p.m. | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that tried to limit the Commonwealth's us...
10/11/2020
Judge Blocks Trump Campaign Attempt To Limit Use Of Drop Boxes In Pennsylvania

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that tried to limit the Commonwealth's use of drop boxes in the current presidential election.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has thrown out a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that tried to limit the battleground state's use of drop boxes in the

A new month on your calendar means a new set of top 10 albums on rotation at WDIY! Check out the article to see which of...
10/10/2020
WDIY's Top 10 Albums of September 2020

A new month on your calendar means a new set of top 10 albums on rotation at WDIY! Check out the article to see which of your favorites stayed on the list, and which ones were dethroned by new albums and releases.

A new month means a new list of top 10 albums played on air at WDIY! Which of your favorites will stay on the list? What artists will climb their way to

🔊 Alan Jennings continues his election season coverage by talking with two Democratic candidates for the PA House of Rep...
10/10/2020
PA House Democratic Candidates Tara Zrinski and Kevin Branco | LV Discourse

🔊 Alan Jennings continues his election season coverage by talking with two Democratic candidates for the PA House of Representatives: Tara Zrinski - Candidate for State House in the 138th District and Kevin Branco (Branco For State Representative) in the 131st District.

Host Alan Jennings talks to the Democratic candidates for the PA House of Representatives in two districts that are up for grabs this year due to the

🔊 This Inside Dish interview is a little cheesy 🧀. Valley Milkhouse owner Stefanie Angstadt tells us about her artisan c...
10/10/2020
Valley Milkhouse Owner Stefanie Angstadt | The Inside Dish

🔊 This Inside Dish interview is a little cheesy 🧀. Valley Milkhouse owner Stefanie Angstadt tells us about her artisan creamery in the Oley Valley area of Berks County which is churning out fresh, soft-ripened and aged cheeses in traditional European styles.

Host Michael Drabenstott talks with Stefanie Angstadt owner of Valley Milkhouse in the Oley Valley area of Berks County, who talks about artisan

Galactic Travels™ Playlist #1227 for October 8, 2020.http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/201008.htmlhttps://billf...
10/09/2020
Galactic Travels™ Playlist for October 8, 2020.

Galactic Travels™ Playlist #1227 for October 8, 2020.
http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/201008.html
https://billfox.blogspot.com/2020/10/galactic-travels-playlist-1227-for.html
https://www.wdiy.org/post/next-galactic-travels-2020-10-15
one of WDIY's Music Shows on 88.1 FM #ManyChoicesRealVoices

RECAP:
On this show, the month-long focus on electro-music festivals continued. The Featured CD at Midnight was the "2006 Sampler" on Electro-music media. You heard new music by Kevin Braheny Fortune on Heartcall Music, by Serena Gabriel featuring Steve Roach on Soundquest Music, and by Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Volker Lankow on Iapetus Music.

Galactic Travels™ Playlist for October 8, 2020.

🔊 On Every Main Street continues checking in with Lehigh Valley businesses for the series 'COVID Comebacks.' This show s...
10/09/2020
COVID Comebacks: Josh Popichak, Erin Delong, Kenny & Ken Rampolla | On Every Main Street

🔊 On Every Main Street continues checking in with Lehigh Valley businesses for the series 'COVID Comebacks.' This show spotlights business leaders from Lost Tavern Brewing in Hellertown and Bethlehem, independent news website Saucon Source, and cleaning business ServiceMaster of Allentown.

Host Greg Capogna continues checking in with Lehigh Valley businesses for the series 'COVID Comebacks.' This show spotlights business leaders from Lost

This morning on WDIY Classics, enjoy birthday tributes to French composer Camille Saint-Saens  (1835-1921) and Italian c...
10/09/2020

This morning on WDIY Classics, enjoy birthday tributes to French composer Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) and Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) with host Karen El-Chaar. (Images from the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Opera)

9 am - 12 noon | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

GALACTIC TRAVELS™ ON WDIYhttp://galactictravels.infohttps://www.wdiy.org/programs/galactic-travelsPlease SHARE this post...
10/08/2020
Galactic Travels™ - WDIY's Electronic, Ambient, and Space Music Program

GALACTIC TRAVELS™ ON WDIY
http://galactictravels.info
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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 electro-music festivals continues. The Featured CD at Midnight will be the “2006 Sampler“ on Electro-music media. The Special Focus page is at http://galactictravels.info/playlists/2020/focus.html#oct

You will also hear new music by Kevin Braheny Fortune on Heartcall Music, by Serena Gabriel featuring Steve Roach on Soundquest Music, and by Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Volker Lankow on Iapetus Music.

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!
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Galactic Travels™ Home Page

🔊 The Flying V is the Lehigh Valley's only restaurant and food truck dedicated to Canadian cuisine. Inside Dish host Mic...
10/08/2020
Flying V Restaurant Owners Matt and Christie Vymazal | The Inside Dish

🔊 The Flying V is the Lehigh Valley's only restaurant and food truck dedicated to Canadian cuisine. Inside Dish host Michael Drabenstott talks with owners Matt and Christie Vymazal about the secrets of perfect poutine and other Canadian food delights.

Matt and Christie Vymazal from Southside Bethlehem's Flying V restaurant (and food truck) share the secrets of perfect poutine and other Canadian food

Two seats for the PA House of Representatives will be up for grabs in the upcoming election due to the retirement of the...
10/08/2020

Two seats for the PA House of Representatives will be up for grabs in the upcoming election due to the retirement of the incumbents. This evening on Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Alan Jennings speaks with the Democratic candidates vying for the positions: Tara Zrinski - Candidate for State House in the 138th District and Kevin Branco (Branco For State Representative) in the 131st District. (Neither Republican opponent responded to multiple requests to participate)

6 - 7 p.m. | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 The 2020 election is going to be different from any election in American history. In this special report, NPR reporter...
10/07/2020
NPR Special Report: Voting In America

🔊 The 2020 election is going to be different from any election in American history. In this special report, NPR reporters Scott Detrow and Juana Summers explore how voters can navigate unprecedented challenges to casting a ballot this year.

The 2020 election is going to be different from any election in American history. Experts are anticipating record-high levels of people choosing to cast

Today on The Blend, Keith Kelleher has new music from Matt Berninger of The National, Melody Gardot with Sting, Kurt Vil...
10/07/2020

Today on The Blend, Keith Kelleher has new music from Matt Berninger
of The National, Melody Gardot with Sting, Kurt Vile with John Prine, Fleet Foxes, Josh Ritter, and Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram. Plus, birthday tributes for Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Yo-Yo Ma, Al Martino, and John Mellencamp. The 2 O'Clock #RandomCut celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin III. In the 3 pm hour, Keith pays tributes to reggae great Johhny Nash and guitar hero Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen, both of whom we lost yesterday.

1 - 4 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Tonight on Your Financial Choices, as part of the YFC series for October's Financial Planning Awareness month, Laurie Si...
10/07/2020

Tonight on Your Financial Choices, as part of the YFC series for October's Financial Planning Awareness month, Laurie Siebert discusses: "What is financial planning and what is a financial advisor?" Phone lines will be open for questions at 610-758-8810 and listeners can submit questions early through yourfinancialchoices.com.

6 - 7 p.m. | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Guitarist and songwriter Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was an influential figure in the wo...
10/07/2020
Eddie Van Halen, Guitar Hero, Dies At 65

Guitarist and songwriter Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was an influential figure in the world of rock, helping to inspire both the name and sound of his band Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist and songwriter who helped give the rock band Van Halen its name and sound, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was

Tonight on Live from Godfrey Daniels, host Dave Fry features newly archived sets from Satan and Adam ('01), Zero with St...
10/06/2020

Tonight on Live from Godfrey Daniels, host Dave Fry features newly archived sets from Satan and Adam ('01), Zero with Steve Kimock ('88), Steve Forbert ('92), The John Hartford Stringband - Memories Of John ('16), David Bromberg ('86), The Electric Farm ('19), Alex Radus ('19), and Ellen McIlwaine ('88). The featured CD is Christine Lavin's new album 'On My Way to Hooterville.'

7 - 9 p.m. | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Coming up this week on Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Alan Jennings speaks with the Democratic candidates for the PA Hous...
10/06/2020

Coming up this week on Lehigh Valley Discourse, host Alan Jennings speaks with the Democratic candidates for the PA House of Representatives in two districts that are up for grabs due to the retirement of the incumbents -- Tara Zrinski - Candidate for State House in the 138th District and Kevin Branco (Branco For State Representative) in the 131st District. (Neither Republican opponent responded to multiple requests to participate).

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

Sen. Pat Toomey's announcement yesterday that he will retire from politics at the end of his current term in 2022 opens ...
10/06/2020
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey To Retire, Opening Up 2022 Race In Pennsylvania

Sen. Pat Toomey's announcement yesterday that he will retire from politics at the end of his current term in 2022 opens up a major new political battle in Pennsylvania in the next midterm election.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey jolted a new political fight for 2022, announcing Monday that he'll retire from the Senate at the end of his

Don't miss the October edition of The Inside Dish this evening as host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Stefanie Angstadt, o...
10/05/2020

Don't miss the October edition of The Inside Dish this evening as host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Stefanie Angstadt, owner of Valley Milkhouse in the Oley Valley area of Berks County, to talk about artisan cheesemaking. Also, Matt and Christie Vymazal from Southside Bethlehem's The Flying V restaurant (and food truck) share the secrets of perfect poutine and other Canadian food delights.

6 - 6:30 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

We're excited to launch this great partnership! Every donation to WDIY will help Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Vall...
10/04/2020
WDIY's 2020 Fall Membership Drive to Provide Meals Through Second Harvest Food Bank

We're excited to launch this great partnership! Every donation to WDIY will help Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania deliver more meals.

Big thanks to Valley National Financial Advisors for covering the costs of the meals.

Every dollar donated to WDIY during this year's Fall Membership Drive will help provide meals to those in need in the Lehigh Valley. For every $100 WDIY

After 8 years as host of NPR Morning Edition, David Greene will be stepping back from hosting at the end of the year to ...
10/04/2020
A New Chapter For David Greene

After 8 years as host of NPR Morning Edition, David Greene will be stepping back from hosting at the end of the year to focus on other projects. "Being part of the Morning Edition family has been a lesson in collaboration and collegiality you find nowhere else in the business."

After 8 years as host of Morning Edition, David Greene is stepping back from hosting to focus on other projects. In what he calls the 'hardest

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller welcomes fall in all its glory. We'll hear music from Ch...
10/04/2020

This morning on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller welcomes fall in all its glory. We'll hear music from Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Rush, Kitty Donohoe, The Konnarock Critters, Anne Hills, Pete Sutherland, more.

10 - 11 am | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

Join Neil and Shelly Hever tonight on Hidden Charms for some song facts fun. It’s the Hidden Charms edition of 'Who’s on...
10/03/2020

Join Neil and Shelly Hever tonight on Hidden Charms for some song facts fun. It’s the Hidden Charms edition of 'Who’s on First.' You'll hear the original version of songs that multiple artists have gone to have success with. Plus, song tributes to Mac Davis and Helen Reddy, who both passed away on the same day, September 29th and were both 78 years-old. Lots more music from the '60s, '70s, and '80s too including Herman’s Hermits, Brenda Halloway, Bob Dylan, Dave Edmunds Dolly Parton, Badfinger, Prince and more.

7 - 8 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

🔊 Teen Scientist returns with our brand new host, Rayna Malhotra. On her inaugural episode, Rayna invites Moravian Acade...
10/03/2020
Okezue Bell | Teen Scientist

🔊 Teen Scientist returns with our brand new host, Rayna Malhotra. On her inaugural episode, Rayna invites Moravian Academy sophomore Okezue Bell to talk about his research in astrophysics studying pulsars, cryptosecurity where he is encrypting credit cards using block chain and neuronetworks, and synthetic therapeutics using neuronetworks.

Teen Scientist returns with our brand new host, Rayna Malhotra. On her inaugural episode, Rayna invites Okezue Bell from Moravian Academy to talk about his

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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 mission of WDIY as a public radio station is to engage the Lehigh Valley community through a wide-ranging exchange of music, arts, news and culturally diverse information.

About WDIY

WDIY is a listener-supported public radio station and NPR station based in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania which has been broadcasting since 1995. We serve 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 news and 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 WDIY every week. We are committed to providing our listeners with the most wide-ranging mix of stimulating music for the community we serve--a mix of music that isn't available on any other Lehigh Valley radio stations.

WDIY operates on a unique community model that relies on over 120 dedicated volunteers, including over 90 volunteer on-air hosts who work to bring the station's programming to listeners year-round. Recently, our community-driven focus on the arts was recognized by the Allentown Arts Commission with the 2019 Art Ovation Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts.

The station is licensed to the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The largest--and most reliable--source of support for the station comes from member contributions. All membership donations made to WDIY are tax-deductible.

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: wdiy.org 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.” On-Air Benchmarks


  • 1996 - Eastern translator begins operating at 93.9 FM serving the Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ area.

  • 1996 - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting presents WDIY with the Outstanding Achievement Award for the increase of its membership base. In the first year, the station expanded listenership by 60% and contributions by more than 500%.

  • 1998 - WDIY meets full membership in NPR and full certification with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • 1998 - WDIY begins 24-hour broadcasting service.

  • 1999 - WDIY begins its Youth Media Program efforts through programs with Summer Bridge Academy and Moravian Academy.

  • 2000 - The Heart of the Valley Antique Show debuts at the Ice House in Bethlehem. The event became an annual fundraising staple for 15 years.

  • 2001 - The Youth Media Program receives PA Associated Press honors.

  • 2002 - WDIY begins live streaming on the Internet.

  • 2004 - WDIY rejects a potential merger with WLVT-39 ensuring volunteers remained the driving force behind community public broadcasting.

  • 2005 - Western translator is added at 93.7 FM serving the Fogelsville and Trexlertown, PA area.

  • 2006 - WDIY begins broadcasting on 90.3 FM WXLV as part of a 3-year agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College.

  • 2013 - WDIY begins renewed efforts for a power increase to the 88.1 FM signal through discussions with the FCC.

  • 2014 - The FCC grants application and building permits to enable WDIY's power increase.

  • 2015 - WDIY flips the switch on a new antenna and transmitter, tripling the broadcast power of the 88.1 FM signal. The expanded signal now covers not just the Lehigh Valley, but also the surrounding regions of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

  • 2016 - WDIY's Annual Homebrew Fest debuts at the Ice House in Bethlehem. The beer tasting event and competition dedicated entirely to homebrewers quickly became a favorite event with beer enthusiasts throughout its 4-year run.

  • 2018 - New tagline, "Many Choices, Real Voices" debuts alongside a new logo.

  • 2019 - The Allentown Arts Commission honors WDIY with the 2019 Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts. The award recognizes individuals or organizations who have had a major impact on the arts through exceptional service, volunteerism, or leadership.

  • 2020 - WDIY celebrates its 25th anniversary and sets a course for the future.
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    Thank you Neil Hever for maintaining WDIY's diversity during this time.
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    I’m really enjoying tonight’s playlist. Thanks!
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    "I Will Survive"--thanks, Dave, Gloria and The Blend!