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Riverhead, New York
United States
Broadcast areaEastern Long Island
Frequency1570 kHz
OwnerFive Towns College
First air date
August 8, 1963; 58 years ago (1963-08-08)[1]
Former call signs
  • WAPC (1963–1967)
  • WHRF (1967–1974)[2]
  • WRCN (1974–1982)
  • WRHD (1983–January 1990)
  • WRHZ (January–August 1990)
  • WRHD (August 1990–1999)
  • WFOG (1999–2001)[3]
Call sign meaning
Five Towns University
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID18238
Transmitter coordinates
40°54′48.00″N 72°39′16.00″W / 40.9133333°N 72.6544444°W / 40.9133333; -72.6544444Coordinates: 40°54′48.00″N 72°39′16.00″W / 40.9133333°N 72.6544444°W / 40.9133333; -72.6544444
Translator(s)104.9 W285FX (Riverhead)[4]
Public license information
WebcastWFTU live stream

WFTU (1570 AM) is a college radio station owned and operated by Five Towns College and licensed to Riverhead, New York. It broadcasts a variety format featuring programming produced by current students and faculty of Five Towns College. The station is also operated by a student management staff under the guidance of the general manager, a staff professor. The studio is located on the campus in Dix Hills, New York and transmitter is in Riverside, New York. The station also streams on the internet from its website.


WFTU began as top 40 WAPC on August 8, 1963 to continue the signal of WPAC/1580 to the east. It would later become WHRF as "Wharf Radio" and then the AM side of WRCN-FM in 1974 as WRCN.[5]

Five Towns College (2001–present)

WFTU occasionally broadcasts live music performances from the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts and the other performance venues on the college campus. WFTU also has a program called "Theatre of the Air," where students re-enact the old days of radio through old radio dramas. The first of these events had so many on-line listeners, the station's server crashed.[6]

The station briefly went silent in January 2017[7] and resumed operations in January 2018.[8]


  1. ^ 1969 Broadcasting Yearbook, page B-117
  2. ^ 1968 Broadcasting Yearbook, page B-113. 1570 is now listed as WHRF.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Facility ID:202078 W285FX". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Long Island Radio History, AM stations.
  6. ^ Snyder, Stephen (April 19, 2007). "Something special on the air...". Newsday. pp. combined ed. B section.
  7. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Correspondence Folder". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2018.