About WCPE

WCPE, The Classical Station, 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 online, on our apps, on streaming services, on cable systems, on affiliate radio stations, and on digital satellite. For listeners seeking Great Classical Music, our selection and presentation make us the radio station of choice, 24 hours per day, every day.

The Classical Station 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 spread of online listening on our apps and via streaming services, that commitment now embraces a global audience.

We believe that The Classical Station enhances the cultural climate of our listening areas. Studies citing the high quality of life in the area consistently name The Classical Station 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.

We are Listener-Supported

For more than 40 years, The Classical Station 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. Since 2002, sustaining members have played an invaluable role in providing us with a reliable income stream every month. We operate 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 to the extent provided by law.

Classical Music Programming You Can’t Find Anywhere Else

The Classical Station believes that classical music is an integral part of the quality of life in our communities and around the world. Our mission is to make Great Classical Music available at all times to people everywhere. We offer a wide variety of music, performers, and composers throughout the day. On weekdays, Sleepers Awake keeps you company from midnight until 6:00 a.m. when Rise and Shine gets your day off to a great start with the Classical Conundrum and lots of short works including spirited overtures. Classical Cafe accompanies you from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. with full-length symphonies and concerti. As You Like It is your companion from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., when Allegro travels with you as you bring your daytime activities to a close. At 7:00 p.m., Concert Hall has longer works and leads into the tranquility of Music in the Night at 10:00 p.m. (All times are eastern.)

An Extensive Collection

Our music library contains over 14,000 compact disks of Great Classical Music.

Your Source for Opera

The Classical Station broadcasts the Metropolitan Opera every Saturday afternoon during the Met’s radio broadcast season, which runs from December until May. We also present the Thursday Night Opera House, a locally produced and hosted program, every Thursday evening.

Our Publications

Quarter Notes, the WCPE program guide and member magazine, is published four times a year to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of classical music.

Our Technology

We use the Wide Orbit automation software to play our Great Classical Music, always with a live announcer on duty. State-of-the-art studio and transmitter equipment, including a digital satellite uplink and Triton digital streaming, ensures that the highest quality stereo signal reaches the widest audience at home and around the world.

Our Website

Our website offers a daily blog to enhance your listening pleasure. We note musicians’ birthdays and post detailed playlists, news about our special programming, and much more. We are one of two stations which can legally, under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, publish playlists showing what we will be playing next. In fact, you will find detailed playlists showing what we will be playing, weeks in advance.

Our Service

We maintain backup power systems and fuel supplies to provide continuous broadcast and community service, regardless of severe weather or extended power outages. We always have an announcer on duty. You can interact with us by phone and social media 24/7.