PULLMAN, Wash. — A broadcasting change by Northwest Public Radio, based at Washington State University, is giving public radio listeners in the Pullman/Moscow area a new option for listening to NWPR’s NPR News service.

A translator at 89.9 FM was recently activated. It duplicates the programming heard on KWSU-AM (1250). However, the translator can broadcast around the clock, said Roger Johnson, NWPR station manager. KWSU is required by the Federal Communications Commission to sign off from midnight to 6 a.m.

“Translators such as this are required to broadcast at lower power levels. As such, the strength of the signal will vary from location to location. While the signal is not strong enough to penetrate many larger office buildings, it is adequate in most areas for listening in the car or at home. Where the signal is weak, it’s best to use a radio to which an external antenna can be attached,” said Johnson.

For more information or to receive a program guide, call Northwest Public Radio at 509/335-6500. NWPR’s program schedule is available at www.nwpr.org.