In 1994, Pride Productions, Inc. (PPI) (www.PridePro.org) was incorporated. It was founded by Ernest C. Floyd, class of '84 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. The mission of PPI is to "empower youth to expand their educational opportunities for the future through the use of multi-media and technology" in a safe learning environment.
-In 2013, Pride Productions, Inc. (www.PridePro.org) created Unity Radio and began its Internet stream on www.UnityRadioMA.org and later began the process of applying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to obtain a Low Power FM (LPFM) radio license. In addition, PPI established a partnership with Becker College - Worcester, MA to host the (LPFM) radio station on its Worcester campus.
-In 2014, PridePro.org application was approved by the FCC and was awarded a license to operate a LPFM radio station.
-In 2015, Pride Productions, Inc. received a grant from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation Technical Assistance Grant Program. Their financial support played a vital role in helping Pride Productions, Inc. secure the Backbone Radio network software and begin the Internet radio broadcast/operation of Unity Radio, (www.UnityRadioMA.org).
-In 2017, Unity Radio began its first On-Air broadcast on WUTY 102.9 FM.
-In 2018, Unity Radio relocated to 31 Waldo Street, downtown Worcester.
-In 2019, Unity Radio changed its frequency dial number WUTY 102.9 FM to WUTY 97.9 FM www.WUTY979FM.org .
According to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 (47 U.S.C. Section 396), "it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs the under-served audiences[.]"
In accordance with this goal, Unity Radio WUTY 97.9 FM "Worcester's Community Connection", will serve several educational purposes, including but not limited to:
1. Providing a laboratory for students/volunteers to learn about non-commercial radio broadcasting, by giving them direct access regarding producing the audio programming for the station. Youth volunteers will learn audio technical skills and be exposed to the creative process of non-commercial educational broadcasting.
2. Making available to the local community non-commercial programs that are not carried on any other station in the local market. This will include local public affairs programs, forums for discussion, alternative/independent news, independent/progressive music artists, and educational programming.