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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"|
|First air date||November 28, 1954|
|Power||2,500 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||Northern Rhode Island|
|Owner||Bouchard Broadcasting, Inc.|
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).
An earlier WNRI
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.
- News/Talk 1380 WNRI official website
-  Link to NBC's WNRI.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WNRI
- Radio-Locator Information on WNRI
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WNRI
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