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CityNantucket, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaNantucket, Massachusetts
Branding89.5 WNCK
SloganNantucket's NPR Station
Frequency89.5 MHz
First air date2002 (2002)
ERP500 watts
HAAT36 meters
Facility ID87830
Transmitter coordinates41°17′6.00″N 70°8′39.00″W / 41.2850000°N 70.1441667°W / 41.2850000; -70.1441667
Callsign meaningNantuCKet
Former callsignsWAZK (2001-2002)
AffiliationsNational Public Radio, Public Radio International
OwnerNantucket Public Radio, Inc.
WebcastListen Live

WNCK (89.5 FM) is a classical music radio station, licensed to and serving Nantucket, Massachusetts. The station is owned by Nantucket Public Radio, Inc.[1][2]

It broadcasts the NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered and classical music the rest of the day.

The station signed on in 2002 and originally programmed an adult contemporary format.[3] On April 1, 2003, the station entered into a ten-year programming and operational agreement with the WGBH Educational Foundation;[4] despite this, WNCK remained separately-run from WCAI, WNAN, and WZAI, the WGBH-owned and operated Cape and Islands NPR stations.

Originally, WGBH programmed WNCK as a simulcast of its primary radio service, offering a mixed-format of classical, jazz, folk, blues, Celtic music, and news. Upon the completion of WGBH's acquisition of Boston classical music station WCRB on December 1, 2009, WNCK switched its programming source to that station in an effort to improve WCRB's signal. (Concurrent with the acquisition, WGBH's own classical music programming, as well as the folk and blues programming, were replaced with increased news programming, essentially rendering the simulcast on WNCK largely redundant to WCAI, specifically the WNAN transmitter.)[5]

On June 19, 2014 WNCK dropped its simulcast with WCRB and added the NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered while airing classical music the rest of the day and all weekend.[6]


  1. ^ "WNCK Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WNCK Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 29, 2002). "Vox buys WBEC (Really!)". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Ownership Report For Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 7, 2003. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "WGBH Radio Help Center". WGBH.org. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  6. ^ WNCK Shifts to Public News/Talk

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