Starting on April 1, 2016, Wake Radio will be an affiliate station of WFDD, the local National Public Radio station that is based on campus. Wake Radio will remain streaming over the internet but will also be broadcasting over HD Radio under 88.5 HD3 | WFDD-3. This new partnership with WFDD greatly benefits Wake Radio, our broadcast will now be heard by at least 2,000 unique listeners. But with great listeners comes great responsibility, here are the guidelines you must adhere to while on-air:

Top of the Hour

The Top of the Hour is our station identification, this 10 second track is played at the beginning and end of every hour to identify Wake Radio and WFDD as the station currently broadcasting. Our Top of the Hour says: “You are listening to WFDD, public radio for the Piedmont. This is Wake Radio, Wake Forest University’s student run radio station.” The Top of the Hour must be played at the beginning and end of your show, as close to the hour as possible. Not at 11:58 or 12:03 – when the clock hits 12:00 the Top of the Hour track should be playing. If you’re playing a song and it is not over by the time the hour hits, fade out and play the Top of the Hour.

The Top of the Hour can be found in the NexGen music library under the artist name, Buck Hinman, and the category “hourly ID.” Drag it into the list like you would any other song, it is imperative that you play our Top of the Hour because we could face huge fines if we are not probably identified on every hour.


We are required to complete four (4) two-week tracking periods of all music played on Wake Radio. Two of these will be completed over Summer and Winter Break. The remaining two will be completed over the school year with one per semester. During this two-week period, Wake Radio will be exclusively NexGen therefore only songs from our digital library can be played. During this period, we must record the exact time each track is played along with the artist, song title, record label, etc. The deck will be removed during these two-week periods because there is no way to record all the required information needed.

Dead Air

Dead Air is embarrassing for both Wake Radio and WFDD, even just a few seconds is viewed as sloppy and unprofessional. A major source of dead air is not switching back to auto play after your show if finished.

FCC Violations

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency that regulates all communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. This is literally Big Brother and he is always watching and ready to slap down thousands of dollars in fines. In order to avoid tens of thousands in fines, Wake Radio must air clean broadcasting, free of indecent and profane language, obscenities, racial slurs, etc.

Profane Broadcast Restrictions

The FCC defines profanity as “including language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance.” Like indecency, profane speech is prohibited on broadcast radio and television between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The seven dirty words to never air (during voice breaks, in songs, etc.) are shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

Obscene Broadcasts Are Prohibited at all Times

Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and cannot be broadcast at any time. The Supreme Court has established that to be considered obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test:

– An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest.

– The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law.

– The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Further information can be found on the FCC website at << >>

Disciplinary Action for Violations

Top of the Hour: If you do not play the Top of the Hour, it will be considered a show absence. According to the Wake Radio Constitution, a missed show results in a warning after the first offense, suspension after the second offense, and dismissal following the third offense.

FCC Violations: Any sort of FCC violation will result in immediate dismissal from Wake Radio. The offender can reapply to become a DJ the following semester, but the approval will be at the discretion of the Executive Board.