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Who are we?

WRPI is the campus radio station at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We broadcast 365 days a year at 10,000 effective watts from our tower in North Greenbush, New York, which gives WRPI an approximate listening radius of 75 miles. Our offices and studios are located on the Rensselaer campus in the Darrin Communications Center. Our programming includes a wide range of alternative and experimental music, cultural and public affairs programs, live local bands, special events and sports simulcasts.

WRPI is fully student governed. We, as students, get to decide what is played out on air on the radio and through the internet on our stream. We manage our own music, handle our own budget, promote ourselves, produce live music, maintain our technical facilities all from the basement of the DCC.

We are always looking for more hands to help keep WRPI running smoothly. If you are interested in music, production, disk jockeying, analog technology, system operation or radio in general, you are wanted at WRPI.

Membership Requirements

In order to become a member at WRPI, you must:
  • Be an activity-fee paying undergraduate or graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Have attended either:
    • two General Meetings
    • one General Meeting and one Executive Committee Meeting
  • Have completed two work hours
These requirements must be satisfied once again each term to remain a member.

Membership Perks

As a member, you have access to the following perks:
  • Access to a CD and LP Library of 50,000+ albums when the station is open
  • Access to the WRPI side door with your student keycard 24/7
  • Ability to become cleared for on radio broadcasting
  • Ability to become cleared for in studio production
  • Ability to hold a sub-officer or officer position at WRPI

Clearance Requirements

In order to become a cleared DJ at WRPI, you must:
  • Complete a policy lesson, a logs lesson, and a tech lesson
  • Receive an 80% on both your policy test and your logs test
  • Shadow two shows which are more than 90 minutes in length
  • Pass your practical examination
Once cleared, you must renew your clearance every two years by:
  • Receiving an 80% on both your policy test and your logs test
  • Passing your practical examination
If you do not renew your clearance after the fifth semester following your clearance, you must restart the process.

Clearance Perks

As a cleared DJ, you may:
  • Sign on as an engineer and operate the radio station during unscheduled times during the day
  • Apply for a radio show slot in the schedule
To apply for a show, you must also complete an additional two work hours per semester (totalling in four hours).

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