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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
Format Full Service
Power 1,000 watts (unlimited)
Class C
Facility ID 71722
Transmitter coordinates 41°21′57″N 71°50′11″W / 41.36583°N 71.83639°W / 41.36583; -71.83639
Former callsigns WERI[1] (1949-1999)
WXNI (1999-2009)
Owner Christopher DiPaola
(DiPonti Communications)
Sister stations WSUB-LP
Website WBLQ Online

WBLQ (1230 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Westerly, Rhode Island. The station is owned by Diponti Communications.




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,[2] self-supporting tower, on Margin Street, beside the Pawcatuck River.[3]


The FCC increases the Daytime power of all Class IV[4] 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 a separate transaction, WERI was sold, and the callsign was changed to WXNI on January 4.[1] As WXNI It aired a format of news and talk from National Public Radio.[5]



In December an agreement was reached to sell WXNI to Diponti Communications for a reported $350,000.[6]


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.[6] WXNI begins broadcasting in C-QUAM A.M. Stereo. WXNI changes call letters to WBLQ November 29.


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