Frequently Asked Questions
WPPJ receives a ton of e-mails each week with questions of all sorts. We try to respond when we can, but since everyone except our faculty advisor Professor Dave Fabilli is a fulltime student, we simply can’t reply to all the messages we receive. So before sending us a question, please see if your question is answered in our FAQ. We’ve group our FAQs based on the common questions we get from listeners, bands and others.
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Q: What is WPPJ Radio
A: WPPJ Radio is Point Park University’s student-run radio station in Pittsburgh, PA. We are a mixed-format college station – meaning we play music from a wide variety of genres – from hip-hop to indie rock; from Warp Records to K Records. Feel free to read the Complete History of WPPJ Radio.
Q: Where is WPPJ Located?
A: WPPJ is located on the second floor of Lawrence Hall on the Campus of Point Park University in the heart of Dowtown Pittsburgh
Q: What do WPPJ call letters stand for?
A: The “PPJ” in WPPJ stands for Point Park Journalism
Q: How can I contact WPPJ?
A: For All questions about contacting our station, visit the contact sheet Here
Q: How do I make requests?
A: You can call in anytime at 412- 392-4723 to get your requests through or win prizes
Q: Do you take e-mail requests?
A: No, we cannot check our general e-mail box minute-by-minute, so it is best to call in your request. Our DJs try their best to look at our Facebook or Twitter feeds, but calling is the most direct way to get a hold of us.
Q: When can I make a request?
A: The request lines are open 24 hours a day.
Q: What’s on the air?
A: Whatever our staff wants to program, Everyday we enourage WPPJ DJ’s to embrace the format they want. Whether it’s talking about sports, or walking through an hour of music that no one has ever heard before. We want Point Park Students to have the ability to make their radio show 100% unique.
Q: Can I view your playlists online?
A: Not at the moment. Because we don’t let a computer program make our playlists for us, all playlists are done by hand and would have to be scanned and posted as PDF files. We simply don’t have the resources to do this. However, we are working on solutions to this problem and we will keep you posted on our progress.
Q: How do I get a Public Service Announcement on WPPJ?
A: If you’re a nonprofit organization, please send your PSA to email@example.com. Please understand that we cannot air all the PSA requests we receive, but we do our best to help local organizations.
Band Demos, Airplay, Interviews & New Music
Q: How do I get Music to WPPJ?
A: Check out our guide to submitting music to the station Here
Q: What should I send along with my CD?
A: Please remember to send a press kit or “one sheet”, as well as your contact information and what genre you consider the band to be. If you have a lyrics sheet, you should send that as well.
Q: How do I get my band an on-air interview?
A: All interview requests must go through our General Manager. You can make your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff & Membership
Q: Do I have to Be a Broadcast Major to Be a Member at the Radio Station?
A:Absolutely not. WPPJ is open to every single student on-campus. We have members from all different Majors working at the station on a daily. In fact, a portion of your activity fee is dedicated to keeping this station up and running on a daily basis, so we encourage everyone to help make the station awesome.
Q: How can I become a staff member of WPPJ?
A: You have to be a member of the Point Park University Community. Students can apply at the beginning of each semester here. All members must go through a training session to learn the rules of the station, but after that your absolutely free to broadcast as scheduled.
Q: Can people not affiliated with Point Park University be part of the station’s membership staff?
A: No, only members of the Point Park University community can be staffers at WPPJ.