WKNC is a student-run non-commercial educational radio station licensed to the Board of Trustees of North Carolina State University. WKNC has been in its current home at 88.1 FM since 1966 and currently operate 24 hours/day 365 days/year. With a 25,000-watt transmitter, WKNC reaches well beyond the NC State campus to serve the entire Raleigh-Durham radio market. We take pride in playing the best in independent, non-mainstream music as an alternative to the commercial radio stations that reside on the right-hand side of the dial.
Nothing. The 'W' designates that the radio station is east of the Mississippi River and the 'KNC' is just three letters that we've all grown to love.
WKNC HD-1 is programmed in 12-hour blocks of indie rock during the day (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and either electronic, underground hip-hop or metal at night (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Program hours are switched on WKNC HD-2. Specialty programs air on the weekend and are occasionally interspersed during the week.
If you are within about 50 miles of Raleigh, turn your radio dial all the way to the left. You can also hear WKNC online and through our Radio FX app.
I tuned in to WKNC and it's sports. What's up with that?
How do I make a request?
How can I get some sweet WKNC swag?
Can I stop by the station and take a tour?
WKNC is a proud supporter of Wolfpack sports and airs all home and away women's basketball and men's baseball games. Our sports broadcasts are all listed on our events page.
To make a request for WKNC HD-1, please call 919-515-0881. The request line for WKNC HD-2 is 919-515-2400.
WKNC has lots of station swag in our online swag store. We can even ship it to you. You are also welcome to come by during regular business hours and pick something up using cash or credit card.
Definitely! We love showing off the station. We ask that you come during regular business hours and prefer you to arrange the tour in advance with the general manager. We lead a lot of Cub Scout tours for troops to earn their communication badge, but are also willing to lead smaller tours to interested listeners.
I won something on WKNC. How do I pick it up?
How do I get to WKNC and where am I supposed to park?
What are your regular business hours?
Did your website just change colors?
WKNC ticket giveaways are either will-call or hard tickets, which the DJ will specify when you win. If you can't remember, ask the promotions director. Tickets must be picked up by 5 p.m. the day of the show or by 5 p.m. Friday for a weekend show. If you won a physical item, like a CD or T-shirt, you have three months to pick it up at the station before we assume you don't want it and give it someone else. You may only pick up items during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). While we understand lots of people work 9-5 and this can make it hard to pick up tickets, we also work 9-5. Please plan accordingly.
WKNC is located in suite 343 on the third floor of NC State's Witherspoon Student Center on the corner of Cates Avenue and Dan Allen Drive. Our physical address is 2810 Cates Avenue. There is a pay lot in front of the Bragaw residence hall across from Witherspoon and another in the Dan Allen Deck. We can't find anywhere to park either.
The WKNC office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that if the University is closed so are we. If you come by and no one is around, please go down the hall to 307 Witherspoon for assistance.
It did. The color of our menu bar and links is based on the format currently playing on WKNC HD-1.