|City of license||WXRV: Andover, Massachusetts
WFNX: Athol, Massachusetts
WTUB: Orange, Massachusetts
WLKC: Campton, New Hampshire
|Broadcast area||WXRV: Merrimack Valley, Greater Boston
WFNX,WTUB: North County, Pioneer Valley
WLKC: Lakes Region
|Branding||92.5 The River|
|Frequency||WTUB: 700 KHz
WXRV: 92.5 MHz
WFNX: 99.9 MHz
WLKC: 105.7 MHz
|First air date||WXRV: June 1959
WFNX: December 4, 1989
WLKC: May 1996
|Format||Adult album alternative|
|ERP||WXRV: 25,000 watts
WFNX: 1,850 watts
WTUB: 2,500 watts
WLKC: 4,100 watts
|HAAT||WXRV: 217 meters
WFNX: 124 meters
WLKC: 119 meters
|Callsign meaning||WXRV: RiVer
WFNX: former call letters of WEDX, which was once owned by the Boston Phoenix
WLKC: calls transferred from a sister station formerly known as "The Lake"
((WXRV: Beanpot License Corp.)
(WFNX: County Broadcasting Company, LLC)
(WTUB: County Broadcasting Company, LLC)
(WLKC: Devon Broadcasing Company, Inc.))
WXRV (The River 92.5 FM) is an adult album alternative radio station based in Andover, Massachusetts, with a signal covering most of northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, and audible as far away as Plymouth, Massachusetts. Originating in 1947 as WHAV, an AM station in Haverhill, an FM station was founded in 1948, but went dark in the early 1950s. The FM station was restored to its current position on the FM dial in 1959, became WLYT (Lite 92.5) in 1983, and gained its current identity as WXRV in 1995, presumably taking the River moniker from the nearby Merrimack River (though with its wider reach, it uses Boston's Charles River for publicity purposes). Despite the station's transmitter location, WXRV attempts to primarily serve the Greater Boston area; its signal also reaches into the nearby Manchester and Portsmouth markets. The studios are still located in Haverhill, in the original art deco building.
The current station inherited a facility on the top floor of its studio now called the River Music Hall, which was designed for broadcasting live performances in the pre-rock era, and is used today to broadcast live performances and to record performances for later broadcast.
The station's slogan is "Independent Radio", proclaiming its status as being a single station separate from the large mass-media conglomerates such as Clear Channel Communications and CBS Radio with freedom from the idea of corporate playlists and national content. This enables WXRV to play a very wide variety of music, ranging from blues and folk to contemporary alternative and classic rock, as well as songs from numerous local musicians and lesser-known musical acts.
In 2007, their transmitter began using solar power, making it one of the few such powered radio stations in the world. However, it is unclear what percentage of solar power the station uses.
Starting in 2001 the River began its Riverfest Festival each summer. It is held in Newburyport, Massachusetts and has had performers such as Matt Nathanson, Eric Hutchinson, Fastball and the Sam Roberts Band appear.
In the northwest part of Central Massachusetts WXRV simulcasts on WFNX (99.9 FM), licensed to Athol, Massachusetts, which is rebroadcast on daytime station WTUB(700 AM) Orange, Massachusetts. The signal for WFNX can also be heard in parts of Franklin County, Massachusetts as well as southern New Hampshire and southern Vermont. The WFNX call letters were previously used by an alternative rock station in Boston owned by the Boston Phoenix, first on 101.7 FM (now WEDX) and later as an Internet radio station; Northeast Broadcasting acquired the call letters in April 2013 after that station shut down along with the Phoenix.
- "The Merrimack Valley Radio Dial: WXRV(FM)". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-207. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- Fybush, Scott (May 21, 1996). "New England RadioWatch". Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "WFNX Lives On ... Sorta". All Access. April 10, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
- Official website
- WLKC website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WXRV
- Radio-Locator information on WXRV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WXRV
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WFNX
- Radio-Locator information on WFNX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WFNX
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WTUB
- Radio-Locator information on WTUB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WTUB
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WLKC
- Radio-Locator information on WLKC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WLKC
- WHAV History