WPKN The Real Alternative

WPKN - The Real Alternative

244 University Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
On-air telephone: 203-336-9756
Office telephone: 203-331-9756
General Manager: Steve di Costanzo

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WPKN 89.5-FM is a listener-supported, community radio station. In a time of homogeneity, WPKN offers a level of authenticity that truly makes it the real alternative. This 10,000-watt non-commercial station was founded in 1963 as the college radio station of the University of Bridgeport and has been broadcasting for more than 50 years with a potential listenership of 1.5 million people. In 2017, Connecticut Magazine named WPKN the BEST RADIO STATION (Music) in the state of Connecticut.

While operating on the campus of the University of Bridgeport, in 1989 WPKN became an independent, non-profit corporation. WPKN streams live on the Internet at wpkn.org and on other internet radio platforms. WPKN also has its own free app for Apple and Android products – WPKN Live. Archived shows are available via the website for two weeks. More than 500 Podcasts for WPKN’s 25-plus public affairs, news and interview shows are available through Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud and podcast apps via WPKN Community Radio. Look for interviews with artists and musicians via podcasts.

WPKN programs include live and recorded music, free-form music, news, public affairs, and spoken word. WPKN’s volunteer programmers present a wide variety of music and alternative information in an eclectic mix of programming that seeks to serve in a unique and vibrant way those whose needs are not met by mainstream media. WPKN’s programming mix is a cornucopia of genres and styles. From the obscure to the recognizable, it is presented by informed programmers who help listeners discover and rediscover the best in live and recorded performances.

WPKN actively participates as a media partner in many arts and cultural organizations including theaters, festivals, and events such as The Bridgeport Art Trail, Long Island’s Great South Bay Music Festival, New Haven’s International Festival of Art & Ideas and City-Wide Open Studios, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Rhythm & Roots and many others. WPKN is the founder of Music Mash Record Fair held annually the first weekend in March (Read’s ArtSpace in Bridgeport) and its film series ‘Music on Film’ at The Bijou Theatre.

Event: WPKN Vinyl Collection Sale at American Fabrics Arts Building

Saturday, November 11; 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, November 12; 10:00-5:30 pm

WPKN 89.5-FM community radio spins discs and sells vinyl at the American Fabrics Arts as they present a sampling of their vast vinyl collection for sale. Proceeds support the non-profit radio station programs.

Event: Brewport Beer Tasting at American Fabrics Arts Building

Saturday, November 11; 1:00-4:00 pm

Between studio visits at American Fabrics Arts, peruse vintage vinyl offered for sale by WPKN while sipping on the locally produced beers of Brewport.

Event: Aspetuck Brew Lab Beer Tasting at American Fabrics Arts Building

Sunday, November 12; 12:00-4:00 pm

Between studio visits at American Fabrics Arts, peruse vintage vinyl offered for sale by WPKN while sipping on the locally produced beers of Aspetuck Brew Lab.

Event: Audio Open House: Broadcasting Exclusively Bridgeport Music

Sunday, November 12; 12:00-2:00 pm

Tune into WPKN, 89.5 fm or the WPKN smartphone app while touring Bridgeport art venues. Radio programmers David Golden & Joseph Celli present an an Audio Open House of Bridgeport composers, songwriters, electronic musicians, and more with a live audience. This live WPKN broadcast features the diverse and eclectic range of creative music being produced in Bridgeport including Chris Cavalier, Dustin DeMilio, Jin Hi Kim, and Tim Walsh exclusively sample the growing community of Bridgeport musicians and bands.