Listeners often reach out to us to ask why they cannot receive BPR News in their community when they have no issue receiving BPR Classic. This is due to the fact that BPR Classic and BPR News are made up of different broadcast networks with different locations and frequencies. BPR Classic (previously WCQS) has been on the air for 40 years and has evolved over that time to be a rather expansive network of broadcast facilities covering a large percentage of Western North Carolina.  BPR News was launched in March of 2017 almost 13 years after we applied with the FCC for the frequencies BPR News Broadcasts on. The frequencies granted to us by the FCC allowed us to provide coverage to many locations across Western North Carolina but not to all the locations that BPR Classic reaches.

Often listeners will express frustration with us for not reaching their community, sometimes even suggesting we do not care about their community. This could not be further from the truth. We too are frustrated about not being able to reach every community in Western North Carolina with both BPR News and BPR Classic. However, we must operate within the parameters of the licenses granted to us by the FCC.  We are always looking for ways to expand our coverage. This can include acquisitions, improving broadcast facilities or filling for new frequencies when the FCC opens up filling windows.

It can be helpful to visually see the difference between BPR News and BPR Classic coverage areas.

Here is the BPR News Coverage Map

Here is the BPR Classic Coverage Map