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WSCA Radio is a listener supported non-commercial, diverse freeform low power community radio station broadcasting at 106.MHz FM in Portsmouth, NH. The radio station also maintains a 24/7 online presence at wscafm.org/listen-live, which includes a live audio stream, audio archives, news, and community-focused information.

WSCA’s programming ranges from the hard to categorize to rock n’ roll, indie rock, jazz, blues, folk, country, world, hip-hop, electronica, punk, soul, gospel, experimental, local & regional news, talk shows, comedy, spoken word, Democracy Now!, and more. The mission of WSCA Radio is to provide local and diverse programming not found anywhere else on the dial and join the seacoast community together.

All of WSCA’s programming is controlled by individual DJs (except overnights) who are not obligated to adhere to any type of station-wide playlist or rotation schedule, as long as approved by the programming department. Being spontaneous and having a sense of humor are some of WSCA’s best qualities and we want you to know it! About 85% of our programming is original; the remainder is re-broadcasting non-profit news and information productions not heard in the local area.

Specialty shows and our approved programs are a significant part of what is heard on the airwaves, but when there isn’t a specialty show scheduled, or when a DJ is not available, the music heard during these general programming hours of operation will be alternative and independent music of all genres with an emphasis on new music.

It all began in 2004…

WSCA began broadcasting on September 12, 2004. Its launch came at the end of a three-day Prometheus Radio Project “barnraising” event during which time a vacant factory space, also known as The Button Factory, was converted into a fully functional radio station. More than 200 volunteers attended the event from several distant states as well as Canada and England.

The station’s parent organization is the Seacoast Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whom should I contact with comments about WSCA Programming?

We always welcome and encourage feedback from our listeners. If you have comments or suggestions, please call or email our Program Director or call (603) 430-9722.

Where can I find more information about WSCA programs?

Please take a look at the programming section of wscafm.org. You will find information about all of WSCA’s programs, contact information, links to playlists, and archives.

Where does WSCA get its funding?

Seacoast Arts and Cultural Alliance a.k.a. WSCA, Portsmouth Community Radio is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that holds the FCC broadcast license for 106.1 FM WSCA-LP in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We are 100% listener funded by donors like you with local businesses contributing through underwriting. WSCA does not receive any government funding or grants.

I’ve seen WSCA sometimes sponsoring concerts, events and festivals around Portsmouth. What does that mean?

WSCA is pleased to work with non-profit organizations around town. Whether its an event, show, concert, or festival. As a sponsor of a non-profit event, WSCA provides the organization with on-air promotion, often in return for underwriting and/or complimentary entrance to events. As a non-profit sponsor, WSCA never gives monetary funds to partnering organizations.

How do I get an event listed on the Community Calendar?

Submissions should be received 10 days before any mention on the air. Information about upcoming events may be submitted for consideration by emailing calendar@wscafm.org

How do I get airplay on WSCA?

Submit material for consideration by mailing to: WSCA 909 Islington Street Suite 1 Portsmouth, NH 03801 Attn: Megan, Music Department

Where are WSCA’s studios located?

Our studios and offices are located at 909 Islington Street, Suite 1, which is west of downtown Portsmouth. For detailed instructions click here.

Can I tour WSCA?

Yes. Soon, WSCA will offer tours with more information available soon. Walk-ins are welcome but subject to availability. To book a public or private tour, email trustees@wscafm.org or call (603)430-9722.

How do I make a request?

To make a request, please text or call (603) 430-WSCA.