is a radio station
, broadcasting from the campus of Phillips Academy
in Andover, Massachusetts
Founded using Phillips alum and then-NBC president Robert Sarnoff's gift of $15,000, the station was launched in 1965 by a host of famous personalities, including Bob Hope
, Jack Lemmon
, David Brinkley
, Sammy Davis Jr.
, and Hugh Downs
. The station's signal was powered by a 33 watt transmitter and reached over 104 square kilometers, which, at launch, had the potential to reach over 150,000 people.
Until 2003, the station broadcast on the frequency 91.7FM from Phillips Academy's Evans Hall. The station was then transitioned to an internal webcast, which is currently available exclusively to Phillips Academy students, faculty, parents, and alumni through the school's PAnet portal system. However, several times over the past year, WPAA has broadcast special events to the internet at large.
Since the demolition of Evans Hall in 2004, WPAA has broadcast from the basement of Morse Hall.