|City||Westerly, Rhode Island|
|Broadcast area||Southern Rhode Island, Southeastern Connecticut|
|Branding||"Stereo 1230 WBLQ"|
|Slogan||"Local News, Local People"|
|Frequency||1230 kHz in C-QUAM A.M. Stereo.|
|First air date||July 1, 1949|
|Power||1,000 watts (unlimited)|
|Former callsigns||WERI (1949-1999)
The station, then called WERI, began broadcasting on 1230kc. on July 1, 1949 using Day/Night power of 250 watts, non-directional. The station still uses its original 185-foot, Blaw-Knox, self-supporting tower, on Margin Street, beside the Pawcatuck River.
The FCC increases the Daytime power of all Class IV AM stations to 1,000 watts. WERI still has to reduce power to 250 watts at night, as did all other stations on the same frequency.
WERI adds F.M. service with WERI-FM/103.7 (Channel 279) (today's WVEI-FM). The FM antenna is initially mounted to the side of the AM tower on Margin Street in downtown Westerly. The FM station broadcasts for only a few days from this location before it is shut-down due to harmonic interference to TV channel 12.
WERI-FM moves its transmitter to a new location on Route 3 in Ashaway, and begins regular broadcasting.
The FCC increases the Nighttime power of all Class IV stations from 250 to 1,000 watts, including WERI.
WERI-FM moves its transmitter closer to Providence, changes callsign to "WWRX", and effectively becomes a Providence station.
WERI-FM (WWRX) is sold to an independent owner from the AM station (WERI).
In December an agreement was reached to sell WXNI to Diponti Communications for a reported $350,000.
Diponti Communications moved the local news and variety programming of WBLQ-LP (96.7 FM, Ashaway, Rhode Island) to WXNI's more powerful AM signal. WXNI begins broadcasting in C-QUAM A.M. Stereo. WXNI changes call letters to WBLQ November 29.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- Blaw-Knox tower
- Pawcatuck River
- "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- Fybush, Scott (2007-12-24). "WAMC Backs Down in Noncomm Fight". NorthEast Radio Watch.