Infobox Radio station
name = WAIF

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area = Cincinnati, Ohio
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frequency = 88.3 FM
format = community radio
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owner = The City of Cincinnati
licensee = The Real Stepchild Radio of Cincinnati, Inc.
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website = http://www.waif883.org/
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WAIF (88.3 FM) is a community radio station based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


WAIF is an all-volunteer community radio station, one of only a handful in the USA. Along with WJVS it broadcasts at 88.3 MHz. WAIF reception varies because of the hilly local terrain, but it can be heard over the air within the Cincinnati-area I-275 belt in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. WAIF also broadcasts over the Internet.

Organizing for the station began in 1973. WAIF went on the air in 1975. Rather than wait for an open frequency, the organizers decided to share the 88.3 MHz frequency with the local vocational school's station, WJVS.

WAIF is managed by a Board of Trustees of between 7 and 11 members, elected to two-year terms at an annual membership meeting in September of each year. The Board of Trustees elects officers and appoints staff and management for the station.

WAIF's motto is "What Radio Is Meant To Be"


WJVS broadcasts on the 88.3 frequency during regular school hours. WAIF broadcasts at all other times. As of June 2006, WAIF broadcasts Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 AM and all day on Saturday, Sunday, school holidays and over the summer break.

Over the years WAIF has broadcast the work of more than a thousand volunteer programmers, producers and activists. As of June 2006, local programmers do all programming. Individual programs vary in length, but run between one and three hours, once a week.

Programs fall into three categories:
* regular -- once a week, year round
* holiday -- fill in when WJVS students are on holiday
* summer -- once a week, 12 or 13 weeks, over the summer break

Program Proposals are welcome. Visit the WAIF website for more information on how to become a programmer on WAIF. [http://www.waif883.org WAIF] Underwriting, donations, grants and membership fees support WAIF. Programmers all work on a volunteer basis.

Current programming as of June 2006 features music, talk-radio, ethnic-heritage programs and programs that focus on local issues.

Music programs

* Gospel
* Jazz
* Doo-Wop
* Bluegrass
* Blues
* Surf Music
* Hip-Hop
* Christian Progressive
* Rock
* Local
* Caribbean
* Independent

Talk-radio programs

* Current Affairs
* African Perspectives on the News
* African Village Buka
* Labor Unions
* Gay & Lesbian
* Women's Issues
* Racial Issues
* Local Affairs
* The Chris & Rob Late Night Talk Show

Ethnic heritage programs

* German
* Italian
* Greek
* Native American
* Indian & Pakistani
* Africa
* Latin
* Appalachian

External links

* [http://www.waif883.org/ WAIF 88.3's official website]
* [http://www.ecincinnati.com/chrisandrob/ The Chris & Rob Late Night Talk Show]

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