|City of license||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|Broadcast area||Pioneer Valley|
|First air date||April 2, 1963
(ceased operation November 30, 2013 )
|Power||5,000 watts daytime
11 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||Public News and Information
(former format and slogan)
|Former callsigns||WTTT (1963–1999)|
(6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc.)
In spring 2003, Pamal Broadcasting Ltd. (James Morrell, chairman/CEO) reached an agreement to acquire WPNI and WRNX from Western Massachusetts Radio Co., (Thomas G. Davis, president) for a reported sale price of $8 million. The broker for this transaction was Doug Ferber of Star Media Group, Inc. WRNX was later sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2006.
For a period of time after the purchase, WPNI was leased to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, owner of NPR member station WFCR, to provide an AM feed of the NPR News and Ideas channel. The NPR programming was moved to Clear Channel's WNNZ on April 2, 2007 through a unique agreement where UMass programs the station, but Clear Channel retains ownership of the station and shares in the revenue stream generated by the station. (WNNZ was later sold to WFCR under the name "WFCR Foundation, Inc.")
Following the transition of the NPR programming to WNNZ, Pamal Broadcasting announced that WPNI was for sale and would temporarily carry the programming of WUMB-FM, a folk music non-profit radio station from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
In late September 2011, a tractor hit the guy wires of tower #1, causing it to collapse. WPNI filed for special temporary authority with the FCC to operate "non directionally" using the remaining tower for 180 days while the 2nd tower is replaced.
WPNI was taken off the air on November 30, 2013, as the station had no revenues to cover operational costs. After determining that resuming operations would not be viable, Pamal surrendered the station's license to the Federal Communications Commission on May 27, 2014.
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- "Changing hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2003-04-07.
- Public radio station widens coverage- MassLive.com
- "Virginia Noncomm And Its Pennsylvania Translators Sold". All Access. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 3, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Re: Station WPNI(AM)…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 27, 2014.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WPNI
- Radio-Locator Information on WPNI
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WPNI