244 University Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
On-air telephone: 203-336-9756
Office telephone: 203-331-9756
General Manager: Steve di Costanzo
WPKN 89.5-FM is a listener-supported, community radio station. 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 55 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 1000 Podcasts for WPKN’s 30-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 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, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Blues & Views Festival in Westport and many others. WPKN is the founder of New England’s largest one-day record fair- Music Mash-Record Fair held annually the first weekend in March in Bridgeport and recently launched Music Mash New Haven as well and its film series Music on Film at The Bijou Theatre.
Saturday, November 9; 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 10; 11 am to 5 pm
WPKN 89.5-FM community radio spins discs and sells vinyl at the American Fabrics Arts building (see listing #1) as they present a sampling of their vast vinyl collection for sale. Proceeds support the non-profit radio station programs.