WPGU is the ONLY alternative radio station in Champaign-Urbana.

Consistently among the top 5 radio stations in the area, with WPGU you get professional results at student radio station rates.

 

Format

Known for introducing Central Illinois to the best in new alternative and rock music, WPGU is the source for hits from established bands such as Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Cage the Elephant, Vampire Weekend, Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Blink-182, and Pearl Jam, along with new music from the next wave of big name artists like the Imagine Dragons The Black Keys, Strumbellas, Twenty One Pilots, Alt-J, The 1975, Sufjan Stevens and Matt and Kim. WPGU is also proud to play great music from local bands in regular rotation, such as Tara Terra, Church Booty, Rebecca Rego, Ashland, and Elsinore.

 

Signal

WPGU broadcasts a 3,000-watt signal, reaching an effective coverage area of 50 miles. WPGU can be heard throughout Champaign County as well as parts of Douglas, Ford, McLean, Piatt, and Vermillion Counties. WPGU.com streams worldwide.

Audience

WPGU targets 18 to 34-year-old adults, including the more than 40,000 students at the University of Illinois and over 17,000 faculty and staff members, as well as the local colleges in the Central Illinois area. Our listeners can be found on campus and in the communities throughout Central Illinois. Because WPGU’s format crosses generational lines, there is also a clearly defined 18 to 49-year-old audience captured. Local residents know WPGU as a radio innovator since 1953, and the station has been rocking the FM dial since 1967.

 

WPGU’s audience of young adults is establishing brand name loyalties now as they move into their peak spending years. WPGU listeners are interested in the mainstream alternative music, as well as local and indie music. Many of our listeners enjoy attending local shows in town, as well as calling in and sharing their own thoughts on our music selection.

SHOWS

FLASHBACK CAFE

MONDAY-FRIDAY NOON-1 PM

The show where we go back in time to visit the best rock & alternative music of the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s. The perfect companion to your lunch, you’ll listen to artists like The Clash, Nirvana, The Cranberries, REM, Depeche Mode, and Green Day.

 

TAKE IT AWAY

MONDAY-FRIDAY 4-5 PM

Hosted by Nectarios, Alex, Colin, The Belle, Remy, and David, Take It Away is WPGU’s premiere talk show in the afternoons. The hosts will talk about everything and anything, attempting to answer one abstract question every day, such as “What is the best sport?”, “What makes the ideal vacation?” etc. The hosts always remain topical in their conversations and encourage audience participation. They also interview Champaign and U of I’s best, including bands, popular student organizations, and local entrepreneurs.

 

REQUEST LIVE

MONDAY-FRIDAY 5-6 PM

The show that listens back! Send us a text or call us at our Request line and we will play your favorite alternative song on the air! Our radio primetime show features weekly interviews with local music clubs’ most popular artists. Guests have included Portugal. The Man, OK GO, B.o.B, Chvres, and local artists such as Sun Stereo and Ashland.

 

ILLINI DRIVE

MONDAY-THURSDAY 6-7 PM

This is the University of Illinois’ most popular sport show! Our hosts analyze every night Fighting Illini and national sports. Complete reports of important sports news are made and intriguing open-discussions are made between the hosts about the future of the university’s sports program.

 

ROLLIN’ ILLINI

FRIDAYS 6-7 PM

The show that dives deep into U of I’s parasports! Discussions are made about Illinois Men’s & Women’s Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Track. The team has had multiple Olympic medal winning guests and has raised money for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

 

CAN I KICK IT

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 8-10 PM

Can I Kick It is an alternative hip-hop talk show airing live twice a week on WPGU 107.1 FM Radio. Hosted by a diverse cast of 4 hip-hop superfans, the show consists of in-depth discussions on all the latest news and music from their favorite not-so-mainstream artists. Every discussion is always fresh, new, and relevant. Although they love talking music from all around the world, the Can I Kick It team has a special place in their hearts for the talented and growing community of artists based in Champaign-Urbana, and often highlight local talent on the show.

Follow us on Twitter: @CanIKickIt__ for updates and ticket giveaways!