A brief overview
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WDFH-FM 90.3 in Ossining, Westchester County,
New York, is the only public radio station in New
York's lower Hudson River Valley. We are
entirely nonprofit and noncommercial. WDFH's music
programming includes a freeform mix of progressive and alternative rock,
jazz, blues, and folk. WDFH is also seriously
committed to news and public affairs and to social justice issues.
Our programming reaches a very broad audience, ranging from high school
students to those who grew up listening to the underground stations of the
late 1960s and remember when radio was an art form, not the
overcommercialized, computer- and consultant-driven media profit center it
WDFH's music programming includes progressive
and alternative rock, jazz, folk, and blues in a freeform mix. We play
everything from the newest music, much of it from small, independent
labels, all the way back to the earliest rock and roll and blues. We give
no preference on the air to hit singles, favoring album cuts instead.
Thus, you'll often hear songs you "never hear on the radio." Compared
with typical commercial stations, which may have 1,000 or 2,000 songs in
rotation, WDFH has about 120,000. WDFH's music
is programmed not by a computer program that mixes and matches hits in an
effort to maximize ratings, but rather by the program hosts themselves.
This gives us the flexibility, all but lost in radio today, to play sets
of songs that have common lyrical themes, that explore different aspects
of a musician's talent, or that have other kinds of artistic connections.
Because WDFH's on-air staff is comprised almost completely of a large
number of volunteers, a wide range of perspectives and interests is
represented on the air, leading to often fascinating unpredictability and
Our news and public affairs programming is
integrated into the music in a way that is intended to reach as many
music listeners as possible. Our goal is to provide our listeners with
in-depth news, public affairs, and analysis, focusing particularly on
local issues. We are working to establish relationships with local
experts in a variety of fields. These experts will participate in on-air
discussions in an attempt to make complex issues understandable and
accessible for our listeners. WDFH also broadcasts news and public
affairs programs such as In Focus, Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio
News, Alternative Radio, CounterSpin, This Way Out,
Making Contact, Sprouts,
and local political debates (click for