WCPE About Us


WCPE is a non-commercial, independent, listener-supported station dedicated to excellence in classical music broadcasting. Located in central North Carolina between Wake Forest and Rolesville , WCPE serves the Piedmont area, including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, with 100,000 watts of power on 89.7 FM. We are heard in the North Carolina Sandhills, coastal areas, and parts of southern Virginia on eleven remote FM transmitters. We serve the rest of the world on the internet, cable systems, affiliate radio stations, and digital satellite. For listeners seeking accessible Great Classical Music, our selection and presentation make us the radio station of choice, 24 hours per day, every day.

WCPE’s Philosophy

WCPE has adhered to one philosophy since 1982: to deliver the finest classical music programming and the highest quality broadcast signal around the clock. With the emergence of satellite and Internet technology, that commitment now embraces a global audience.

We believe that WCPE enhances the cultural climate of our listening areas. Studies citing the high quality of life in the area consistently name WCPE as a factor.

When one combines the dedication of its committed volunteers and staff, the financial support of its loyal listeners, and grants from caring businesses and foundations, it adds up to a remarkable example of community involvement, partnership, and enrichment that will continue to benefit or listening areas for years to come.

WCPE is listener-supported

For more than 30 years, WCPE has raised its operating funds by direct mail and two annual on-air fundraising campaigns each year. We get additional support from underwriting, by businesses and cultural organizations. WCPE operates with a small permanent staff and more than 200 volunteers who participate in all aspects of station operation such as administration, announcing, technical work, and publications.

Non-Profit Ownership

WCPE is owned and operated by the Educational Information Corporation, a North Carolina not-for-profit organization. Educational Information Corporation was formed in 1973 and began operating WCPE in July of 1978. The Corporation holds a federal 501(c)(3) Public Charity Exemption Certificate and the corresponding certificate from the State of North Carolina. Donations to WCPE are tax deductible.

About our Programming

WCPE believes that classical music is an integral part of the quality of life in our communities and around the world. Accordingly, WCPE's mission is to make Great Classical Music available at all times to people everywhere. Our music library contains over 10,000 compact disks of Great Classical Music. WCPE’s live announcers at all hours provide a relaxed and comfortable, yet informative listening environment focused on your enjoyment.

WCPE stands alone as the Piedmont area's sole source of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast season. Also for opera lovers, we present the WCPE Opera House every Thursday evening. WCPE is also the home of such listener-friendly programming as Great Sacred Music on Sunday mornings, the WCPE Saturday Evening Request Program, and Peaceful Reflections Sunday night. Early Sunday evenings we present Preview!, the show that showcases the newest classical releases and announces upcoming arts and music events in the local area. On Monday evenings, we present concerts by some of the best orchestras in the country such as The Cleveland Orchesta and the Chicago Symphony.

Our Publications

The WCPE member magazine Quarter Notes is published four times a year to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. In addition to listings of upcoming music on WCPE, it contains interesting and enlightening articles about many classical music subjects such as composers, performers, and events. Quarter Notes is distributed as a benefit to supporters of the station.

Our Technology

State-of-the-art studio and transmitter equipment, including our digital satellite uplink, and internet streaming in multiple formats ensure that WCPE consistently provides the highest quality stereo signal for our listeners. Our tower is more than 1200 feet tall with a custom-made antenna for maximum range. Over the years, we have been early adopters of new technology to make our services more widespread and improve the fidelity of our signal and the quality of our programming.

On the Web: TheClassicalStation.org

Our website provides music listings, highlights special programming and other station activities, and offers many other resources from Classical Conundrums to composer biographies. It offers listeners a convenient way learn about our staff and announcers and to interact through e-mail. We make Great Classical Music accessible to the broadest range of listeners by streaming our audio online in five formats: MP3, RealAudio, QuickTime, Ogg Vorbis and Windows Media, as well the next generation IPv6. Listeners can make contributions to WCPE using our secure on-line Pledge Form.

Community Service

WCPE gained the distinction of being the only public radio station in the eastern half of North Carolina to stay on the air during Hurricane Fran in 1996, acting as an Emergency Broadcast Relay station, providing weather information directly from the National Weather Service. As part of our commitment to provide the best possible reliable service to our listeners, WCPE maintains backup power systems and fuel supplies to provide continuous broadcast and community service, regardless of severe weather or extended power outages. Our facility is staffed 24 hours a day, every day.

Visit Us!

If you are in our area, come visit our station. We are located on Chalk Road, between Rolesville and Wake Forest, NC. Just head for the tallest tower you see!


WCPE's Board

  • Deborah S. Proctor - President

  • Needham W. Langston - Secretary

WCPE's EEO Reports

WCPE's 990 Reports

WCPE's W-9 Report

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