Media in Providence metropolitan area

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The city of Providence, Rhode Island is part of a media market that includes New Bedford, Massachusetts. The area is served by several local television stations, radio stations, newspapers, and web blogs based in the cities proper and the surrounding communities of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Broadcast Television[edit]

Providence is the center of Southern New England's broadcasting market, which also encompasses Bristol County, Massachusetts, which includes the cities of Fall River and New Bedford. The city is served by television stations representing every major American television network as well radio stations originating from Providence and Boston.

Channel Call Sign Network Owner
6 WLNE-TV ABC Citadel Communications
10 WJAR NBC, MeTV Media General
28 WLWC CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
36 WSBE-TV PBS Rhode Island PBS Foundation
50 WRIW-CD Telemundo ZGS Communications
64 WNAC-TV FOX, MyNetworkTV Super Towers, Inc
69 WPXQ-TV ION ION Media Networks


Providence is the center of Southern New England's broadcasting area, with many radio stations located in the city and surrounding communities, as well as some radio stations located in Bristol County, Central Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut.

AM Stations Call Sign Owner
550 kHz WSJW Starboard Media Foundation
630 kHz WPRO (AM) Cumulus Media
790 kHz WPRV Cumulus Media
920 kHz WHJJ Clear Channel Communications
1110 kHz WPMZ Videomundo Broadcasting
1220 kHz WSTL Faith Christian Church
1290 kHz WRNI Rhode Island Public Radio
1320 kHz WRNP ADD Radio Group
1340 kHz WNBH Hall Communications
1400 kHz WHTB SNE Broadcasting
1420 kHz WBSM Cumulus Media
1450 kHz WLKW Hall Communications
1480 kHz WSAR Bristol County Broadcasting
1590 kHz WARV Blount Communications
FM Stations Call Sign Owner
88.1 MHz WELH The Wheeler School
91.3 MHz WDOM Providence College
92.3 MHz WPRO-FM Cumulus Media
93.3 MHz WSNE-FM Clear Channel Communications
94.1 MHz WHJY Clear Channel Communications
95.5 MHz WBRU Brown Broadcasting Service, Inc
98.1 MHz WCTK Hall Communications
99.7 MHz WEAN-FM Cumulus Media
101.5 MHz WWBB Clear Channel Communications
103.7 MHz WVEI-FM Entercom
105.1 MHz WWLI Cumulus Media
106.3 MHz WWKX Cumulus Media


There are several newspapers that serve the Providence-New Bedford media market.

Newspaper Owner
Attleboro Sun-Chronicle United Communications Corporation
Fall River Herald News GateHouse Media
New Bedford Standard-Times Dow Jones Local Media Group
Mothers News Rhododendron Festival
The Providence Journal A. H. Belo Corporation
The Providence Phoenix Phoenix Media/Communications Group
Providence Business News Providence Business News, Inc
Taunton Daily Gazette GateHouse Media


The Providence Daily Dose covers local arts, culture, music, and political happenings.

Television and movie productions[edit]

Providence and the surrounding area have been used as a backdrop for several movies and television series and the city remains invested in bringing filmmakers to its location, as is evidenced by a 25% tax credit on all Rhode Island spending offered to motion picture companies.[1]

The animated television series Family Guy takes place in Quahog, a fictional suburb of Providence and prominently features the most pronounced segment of Providence's skyline several times an episode (the buildings are One Financial Plaza, 50 Kennedy Plaza, and the Bank of America Building respectively).[2] The city and its name were used in the television series Providence,[3] and Showtime's new series, Brotherhood, was also filmed and set in Providence.[4]

The Farrelly brothers used the city as a backdrop for several of their movies, notably Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary. Peter Farrelly places Outside Providence in Pawtucket, adjacent to Providence. The 1991 American/Canadian film Providence takes place at Brown University.[5] Although not set in Providence, the movie Amistad used the exterior of the Rhode Island State House as the United States Capitol exterior.[6] The movie Little Children was also filmed in Providence.[7] In 2006, Providence was the primary filming grounds for the film Underdog.[8]


  1. ^ "Rhode Island Tax Incentive Law Summary". RI Film & TV Office. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  2. ^ James Bartlett. "Seth MacFarlane – he's the "Family Guy"". Presswire Limited. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Providence (1999)". Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Brotherhood (2006)". Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Providence (1991)". Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  6. ^ Katharine Imbrie (2006). "In the footsteps of Amistad". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Providence, Rhode Island RI, city profile (Providence County)". ePodunk Inc. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  8. ^ Daniel Barbarisi. "Film Squad making movies happen". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2007-06-09.