C-SPAN Radio.svg
Broadcast areaWashington metropolitan area
Frequency90.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingC-SPAN Radio
FormatPublic Affairs
SubchannelsHD2: C-SPAN1 simulcast (House and other)
HD3: C-SPAN2 simulcast (Senate and Book TV)
First air date
October 28, 1960 (1960-10-28)[1]
Former call signs
WGTB-FM (1960–1980)
WDCU (1980–1997)
Call sign meaning
Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID68950
ERP24 kW
HAAT216 meters (709 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
38°57′1″N 77°4′46″W / 38.95028°N 77.07944°W / 38.95028; -77.07944
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via TuneIn)

WCSP-FM, also known as C-SPAN Radio, is a radio station owned by the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) in Washington, D.C. The station is licensed to C-SPAN's corporate owner, the National Cable Satellite Corporation, and broadcasts on 90.1 MHz 24 hours a day.[2] Its studios are located near Capitol Hill in C-SPAN’s headquarters.[3] In addition to WCSP-FM, C-SPAN Radio programming is also available online at c-span.org and via satellite radio on SiriusXM channel 455. WCSP-FM broadcasts in the HD (digital) format.[4]

Prior to C-SPAN's acquisition of the 90.1 frequency in 1997, the station operated as WGTB-FM, the student radio station of Georgetown University, from 1960 to 1979. Increasingly contentious relations between students and university administration led Georgetown to sell the license to the University of the District of Columbia, which operated a jazz-format station as WDCU from 1982 to 1997.

  1. ^ "FCC History Card - Facility ID 68950" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Fisher, Marc (October 21, 1997). "C-SPAN for Drive Time; 'Washington Journal' Makes Radio Debut on WCSP". Washington Post. pp. D08. ProQuest 408349329.
  3. ^ Hall, Thomas C. (October 24, 1997). "C-SPAN radio won't be tied to the Hill". Washington Business Journal. 16 (24): 5.
  4. ^ Ashworth, Susan (November 9, 2017). "C-SPAN Radio Marks 20 Years of Covering Public Affairs". RadioWorld. Retrieved January 16, 2021.

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