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WQLN NPR Celebrates 50 Years!

This is a big year for WQLN PBS NPR! It was 70 years ago this month that our first board of directors met to begin the process of creating WQLN. And January 7th marked the 50th Anniversary of WQLN’s radio station first going on the air. We are celebrating this major milestone all year long – both on the air and in our community.

 “It’s really just the only place in Erie you can find local programming and also high-quality national programming. I just enjoy the community atmosphere WQLN provides,” says Andy Roth, WQLN NPR Host.

We kicked off our yearlong celebration with a grand event at the Warner Theatre with special guest speakers NPR Correspondents Scott Horsley and Jack Speer. As we paused to reflect on the past five decades, many of our radio hosts spoke about their time with WQLN and the dedicated listeners we serve – like you!

“I’ve been always impressed when I’ve met those who watch and listen to WQLN because they were extremely professional, extremely dedicated and community minded, and extremely helpful,” says Al Lubiejewski, WQLN NPR host.

“I love the fact that everything we do here tells a story,” says Brian Hannah, Host of Classics on WQLN NPR.

While most are volunteers, the honor of providing these radio programs in this community for so many years is not lost on any of these hosts.

 “I consider it a privilege and an honor. I love being able to share this music with people. It’s a privilege to share with listeners out there,” says Gary Finney, WQLN NPR Host.