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City of license Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Broadcast area Northern Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts
Branding News/Talk 1380 WNRI
Slogan "Serving the Blackstone Valley since 1954"
Frequency 1380 kHz
First air date November 28, 1954
Format News/Talk
Power 2,500 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 1734
Transmitter coordinates 42°00′58″N 71°29′30″W / 42.01611°N 71.49167°W / 42.01611; -71.49167
Callsign meaning Northern Rhode Island
Owner Bouchard Broadcasting, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website wnri.com

WNRI (1380 AM, "News/Talk 1380") is a radio station located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The station has a news & talk radio format and has been owned by Bouchard Broadcasting Inc. since 2004. WNRI began broadcasting November 28, 1954.


WNRI is generally regarded as a news/talk station with 4 locally produced programs daily.

National syndicated programs include Michael Savage (commentator), the Dr. Joy Browne show (family living advice) and Dr. Ron Hoffman (medical information).

WNRI also carries games from the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Providence Bruins.

An earlier WNRI[edit]

In the 1930s and 1940s, the WNRI call letters were assigned to an NBC owned-and-operated shortwave station (originally W3XL) that transmitted from Bound Brook, New Jersey, a site it shared with NBC Blue-era WJZ. Originally, programming was a combination of network simulcasts and specially produced news and information programs in Spanish and Portuguese for Latin America.

On November 1, 1942, the United States government assumed control of all privately owned American shortwave stations for the war effort. During this period, WNRI aired programming produced by government agencies, including the early Voice of America.

While NBC retained the right to resume private control of the station after the war, they did not exercise that option, continuing to lease the facilities to the State Department for VOA broadcasts.

As of January 1, 1947, its frequencies were:

  • 49m: 6.1Mc.
  • 31m: 9.67Mc.
  • 25m: 11.89Mc.
  • 19m: 15.15 & 15.19Mc.
  • 15m: 21.63Mc.

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