Flowing from this, the purpose of WAMC is to serve the public by bringing important, award-winning news and information that reflects the diversity of our programming audience. WAMC broadcasts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; and with twelve facilities, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation, serving close to 360,000 monthly listeners in parts of seven states, including New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
As an affiliate of both National Public Radio and Public Radio International, WAMC is one of the most prolific original producers of public-radio style programming in the nation, nationally distributing a roster of modules and full-length news and information programs covering subject areas such as health, women's issues, education, media accountability, news, and politics. WAMC's nationally-syndicated productions are available free-of-charge and collectively can be heard on more than 300 public and commercial stations nationwide, and internationally via Armed Forces Radio.
WAMC has the 64th largest broadcasting market geographically in the U.S. and is among the highest payees to National Public Radio (NPR) as determined by NPR's survey research of listeners. This ranking illustrates that WAMC has one of the highest concentrations of public radio listeners in the country. WAMC is also part of the Major Market Partnership (MMP), which was created to address issues of national significance shared by the country's largest public radio broadcasters. It consists of representatives from the stations within the top ten markets. WAMC was asked to join this prestigious partnership in recognition of its importance and success in both program production and fundraising. In addition to its membership in the MMP, WAMC is also an associate member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters; a member of Eastern Public Radio; a member of the NY State Broadcasters Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters; and a partner in Public Interactive, a for-profit venture made up of public stations and PRI stations that provide web content nationwide to public broadcasting stations. In an effort to create a new and innovative approach to public radio, WAMC launched ThePublicRadioStation.com in September 1999. This wide reaching program provides an audio stream that is programmed specifically for a global Internet-only audience.
WAMC's special radio programming, on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (made possible through support from the National Science Foundation) featured in this website was produced for broadcast on our nationally-syndicated radio programs:
51%: A weekly radio magazine program dedicated to women's news, and views. The program includes news, features, commentary, music and arts reviews from women around the world. Featuring Producer and Host, Mary Darcy and Co-Host, Dr. Jeanne Kammer Neff -President of The Sage Colleges, Troy, New York.
The Best of Our Knowledge: a program dedicated to coverage of news and feature stories about issues and topics related to education, educational policy, innovation, and research. Featuring Producer and Host, Glenn Busby and Co-Host, Dr. Karen Hitchcock, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.