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is a student-run radio station
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licensed to serve Keene, New Hampshire
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. The station is owned by Keene State College
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. It airs a College radio format.
The WKNH studios are located on the third floor of the Young Student Center on the Keene State College campus.
Music played on WKNH includes alternative rock
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, world music
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, hip hop, native, folk, and eclectic selections typical of college radio stations. Longform programming includes shows news and commentary shows such as Pacifica's "Democracy Now" /> The station airs live performances of plays and poetry as part of a weekly series known as "WKNH Radio Theatre".
Early photographs of WKSC/WKNH 89.1 (later 91.3) are at WKNH FM on Myspace.com.
WKNH began streaming its programming live on the internet from its wknh.org
website on January 1, 2006.
The station caused controversy in the community on February 10, 2004, after it played a pair of songs on opposite sides of the abortion
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debate. The songs, the pro-life "Diary Of An Unborn Fetus" and the pro-choice "Will The Fetus Be Aborted", drew attention in the local media but did not result in FCC fines or any discipline for the disc jockey.