The flagship station, WSLU in Canton, signed on in 1968. It was a charter member of NPR; then as now it was the smallest NPR member in New York. It adopted the name North Country Public Radio in 1984. Later in the decade, it built a series of low-powered translators to expand its signal. However, as much of the surrounding area was among the few areas of the Northeastern United States without public radio, it began building full-powered repeaters in the 1990s. It now comprises 30 FM transmitters and translators serving the North Country, parts of western Vermont and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec with regional and national news, public affairs programs, and an eclectic variety of music. Major cities in its coverage area are Watertown, Plattsburgh and Burlington.
In May 2011, North Country Public Radio also launched WREM, a radio station in Canton which offers a distinct program schedule sourced from Public Radio Exchange.