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1960′s: 1962 (December 17) Public Radio in Nashville begins with broadcasts from studios in the Richland Park branch of the Nashville Public Library. Designated WPLN-FM, ... See more the station is licensed to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as a unit of the Public Library. With a transmitter and antenna on Love Circle, the station operates 14 hours a day, Monday through Friday, at 15,000 watts. 1964 Weekend broadcasts begin. 1965 (December 16) WPLN studios move downtown to the new central library. 1967 The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is created by Congress. 1968 WPLN becomes one of 73 charter members of National Public Radio. 1970′s: 1970 The Corporation for Public Broadcasting begins providing financial assistance to qualifying stations, including WPLN. 1972 Broadcasts in stereo begin, and power is increased to 100,000 watts. 1975 WPLN initiates the Talking Library, a 24-hour reading service for the region’s print-impaired population. The service transmits from the WPLN tower to dedicated receivers on an FM subchannel, and is housed in the Howard Office Building. 1980′s: 1980 WPLN adds satellite reception capabilities to receive programs from National Public Radio. 1982 June – The Public Library Board creates the WPLN Educational Foundation to “provide financial and technical assistance and advice” to WPLN. 1984 WPLN purchases new equipment and moves transmission from a 200 foot tower on Love Circle to a 1200 foot tower near Brentwood. Coverage area is expanded by 240%. 1986 Installation of a satellite uplink system gives WPLN the capacity to distribute programs to all public radio stations in the United States, from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, and through interconnecting satellites to stations throughout North America and Europe. 1989 WPLN begins broadcasting 24 hours a day. 1990′s: 1992 The Library Board and the Educational Foundation begin a strategic planning process to plan future direction for WPLN. 1995 (October) WPLN General Manager Rob Gordon and Library Director Donna Mancini recommend that the Library Board and Educational Foundation plan for the separation of WPLN from the Metropolitan Government. October 17, 1995 The Library Board votes unanimously to begin planning for independence for WPLN. The Educational Foundation endorses this action. 1996 (March) Nashville Public Radio is chartered and receives IRS tax exempt status. 1996 (June 4) Mayor Phil Bredesen signs legislation passed by Metro Council approving the transfer of the license and assets of WPLN to Nashville Public Radio. 1996 (August 29) The FCC grants the application to assign all licenses associated with WPLN to Nashville Public Radio. 1996 (October 1) The Library and the Educational Foundation transfer assets to Nashville Public Radio, and WPLN begins independent operations. 1996 (October) Nashville Public Radio begins operating WHRS 91.7 FM, a repeater station in Cookeville, providing expanded service to Putnam County. Microwave tower construction at Mainstream Dr. new building construction Ben West Library 1997(June 16) Nashville Public Radio breaks ground and begins construction of new studios and offices on Mainstream Drive in MetroCenter. 1998 (May 24) Nashville Public Radio begins broadcasting from new facility at 630 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN. 2000′s: 2000 (February) Nashville Public Radio launches new web site with audio archive of local news features and programs. 2002 (April) Nashville Public Radio launches 1430 WPLN-AM, with NPR talk and world news, 24 hours a day. 2006 (Fall) Nashville Public Radio launches HD service with HD1 (a simulcast of 90.3 WPLN-FM) and WPLN-HD2, initially playing an alternative selection of NPR talk and world news programs. WPLN HD2 now airs classical music and other music programs around the clock. 2008 (Spring) Nashville Public Radio launches HD3, another station with news and information programs from NPR, PRI, The BBC and American Public Media, including programs such as The Diane Rehm Show, On Point, and Talk of the Nation.

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