Connecticut Public Radio
eastern Long Island, NY
|Frequency||See table below|
|Translator(s)||See table below|
|First air date||June 1978|
|Affiliations||NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International|
|Owner||Connecticut Public Broadcasting|
WNPR is a network of public radio stations in the state of Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and eastern Long Island affiliated with NPR (National Public Radio). It is owned by Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, who also owns Connecticut Public Television.
The network's first station, WPBH (90.5 FM) in Meriden, signed on in June 1978. CPBI originally wanted the WNPR calls, but the FCC turned it down due to objections from WPLR in New Haven, who claimed the calls sounded too similar. Previously, 90.5 FM had been used as a low-powered translator of WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. WPBH's sign-on brought NPR programming to Hartford for the first time; it had been one of the largest cities in the nation without an NPR station. It became WPKT in 1984 after board chairman Homer Babbidge requested the FCC change the call letters to honor CPBN head Paul K. Taff.
In 2006, WNPR adopted a news and information format full-time, after historically providing both news and classical music. In 2013, the station launched a new online service WNPR News at wnpr.org.
WAIC (91.9 FM) is the college radio station of American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. WAIC first went on air in February 1967, going stereo in 1985. Initially programmed from American International College (at various points programming top 40 and adult hits), it became a full time relay of Connecticut Public Radio on November 1, 2011.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||ERP/Power
|Class||Transmitter coordinates||Call sign meaning|
|WAIC||91.9 FM||Springfield, MA||1749||230||20 m (66 ft)||B1||American International College|
|WEDW-FM||88.5 FM||Stamford, CT||13619||2,000||92 m (302 ft)||A|
|WNPR||90.5 FM (HD)||Meriden, CT||13627||18,500||251 m (823 ft)||B||Norwich Public Radio|
|WPKT||89.1 FM (HD)||Norwich, CT||13618||5,100||180 m (590 ft)||B1||Paul K Taff|
|WRLI-FM||91.3 FM||Southampton, NY||13598||10,000||95 m (312 ft)||B1||Radio Long Island|
|City of license||ERP
|Class||Transmitter coordinates||FCC info|
|W258AC||99.5||Storrs, CT||10||117 m (384 ft)||D||FCC|
- WECS (90.1 FM) Windham: Eastern Connecticut State University's campus station simulcasts the network's feeds of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Car Talk.
- WVOF (88.5 FM) Fairfield: Fairfield University's campus station simulcasts the network's feeds of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Where We Live, Car Talk, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, Living on Earth, Speaking of Faith, and the BBC Worldservice.
- WHDD-FM (91.9 FM) Sharon: The station known as "Robin Hood Radio" airs WNPR programs Where We Live, The Colin McEnroe Show and The Faith Middleton Show.
- "WNPR Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Our History". Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "WPKT Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "WEDW-FM Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "WRLI-FM Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "WAIC and WNPR Launch Collaboration to Bring New Programming to the Springfield Market" (Press release). Connecticut Public Broadcasting. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- "WNPR Program Listing". Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- WNPR News
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNPR
- Radio-Locator information on WNPR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNPR
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