You're listening to WOWD-LP Takoma Park 94.3FM
In November 2013, Historic Takoma Inc applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a broadcast license. We received permission in 2015 to broadcast on 94.3FM, and on July 16, 2016, we went live as WOWD-LP in Takoma Park.
LPFM, or Low Power FM, is regular FM radio that operates at 100 watts or less. Our signal is 20 watts, reaching a 5+ mile radius from our antenna in downtown Takoma Park. We're on 94.3FM with a potential local listenership of 250,000, streaming globally on TakomaRadio.org.
Our local coverage area is a multi-jurisdictional international crossroads, including neighborhoods in NE and NW DC, MoCo, PG; our pockets of NoVa. We provide a hyper-local FM radio alternative to a potential audience of 250,000 diverse listeners: established, new. urban, suburban, black, white, Latino, African, Asian, European, West Indian, rich, poor, young, old. This unique and vibrant community now has a real time voice.
WOWD's programming is by, for, and about people of all ages, types and backgrounds, representing the diverse population of our listening area. We offer live local information presented by live local people, sharing stories, music and more, and we frame the present by interweaving archival sounds and stories from Historic Takoma's archives and other local sources.
A project of Historic Takoma Inc, our mission is to build community and promote understanding using hyper-local, non-commercial radio. We invite snd include individuals, groups, issues, stories, music and history overlooked or under-represented in mainstream media. We promote cooperation, tolerance, and dialogue.
Takoma Radio is grateful to hundreds of individuals, dozens of local businesses, The City of Takoma Park, the Takoma Foundation, and others for supporting independent community-based radio.
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Here are the local, regional and national awards we've won in our first year and a half.
- Preservation Maryland's "Best Of Maryland" for taking preservation in an innovative direction. (May 2016)
- Takoma Foundation's "Azalea Award" for community spirit. (May 2017)
- Montgomery County Community Media's "EPIC Award" for community media innovation. (June 2017)
- National Federation of Community Broadcasters' "Golden Torchlight Award" for exceptional community engagement. (July 2017)
- Washington Post Express STAFF PICK: "Best Radio Station in DC " (Oct. 2017)