WMNR

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WMNR
WMNR FineArtsRadio logo.jpg
City Monroe, Connecticut
Broadcast area Connecticut
eastern Long Island, New York
Westchester County, New York
Branding Fine Arts Radio
Frequency 88.1 MHz
Translator(s) See § Translators
Repeater(s) See § Simulcasts
First air date 1973[1]
Format Classical
ERP 5,000 watts
HAAT 123 meters (404 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 43531
Transmitter coordinates 41°19′8″N 73°15′13″W / 41.31889°N 73.25361°W / 41.31889; -73.25361 (WMNR)
Callsign meaning MoNRoe
Owner Town of Monroe, Connecticut
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wmnr.org

WMNR (88.1 FM, "Fine Arts Radio") is a radio station licensed to Monroe, Connecticut. The station is municipally owned by the Town of Monroe and broadcasts classical music.

History[edit]

The station was founded in 1971 by John and Carol Babina. The Monroe Board of Education agreed to hold the FCC license for WMNR and provided facilities for the station at Masuk High School.[1] The equipment was paid for with donations from individual and businesses, and the station turned into a community project. The station began broadcasting regularly in 1974 with a variety of programming, including rock, big band, and classical.[2]

In 1980, it was thought that WMNR could fulfill a need for public radio in Fairfield county. A non-profit organization, Monroe Public Radio, Inc., began operating the station at this time. In early 1982, it became an NPR affiliate, and was able to secure a one-time federal grant for new equipment to increase power. However, before any of this could be done, Monroe Public Radio, Inc. ran out of funds and the station's operation returned to the founders, John and Carol Babina. In mid-1982, WMNR began broadcasting classical music and was run by a staff of volunteers.[2]

As the years progressed, three other stations in Connecticut were added to simulcast WMNR. WRXC (90.1 FM) in Shelton was assigned its call letters on March 20, 1986[3] and began broadcasting in 1988. The following year, WGSK (90.1 FM) in South Kent received its call sign on December 14, 1987,[4] but would not commence broadcasting until 1996. WGRS (91.5 FM) in Guilford was assigned its call sign on May 31, 1993[5] and began broadcasting that same year.

By 2003, they had outgrown their allotted space at the high school and moved into rented office space. In 2009, the licenses for WMNR were transferred from the Monroe Board of Education to the Town of Monroe.[2][6]

Simulcasts[edit]

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
WGRS 91.5 FM Guilford, Connecticut 43527 3,100 25 m (82 ft) A 41°17′19″N 72°39′32″W / 41.28861°N 72.65889°W / 41.28861; -72.65889 (WGRS) FCC
WGSK 90.1 FM South Kent, Connecticut 61119 77 39 m (128 ft) A 41°40′54″N 73°29′13″W / 41.68167°N 73.48694°W / 41.68167; -73.48694 (WGSK) FCC
WRXC 90.1 FM Shelton, Connecticut 43530 45 147 m (482 ft) A 41°21′43″N 73°06′48″W / 41.36194°N 73.11333°W / 41.36194; -73.11333 (WRXC) FCC

Translators[edit]

Several translators are authorized to rebroadcast these stations, including four translators on eastern Long Island and one in Westchester County, New York.

Broadcast translators of WMNR
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W209CJ 89.7 Mount Kisco, New York 38 32.6 m (107 ft) D 41°14′20″N 73°42′46″W / 41.23889°N 73.71278°W / 41.23889; -73.71278 (W209CJ) FCC
W218AV 91.5 Warren, Connecticut 250 163 m (535 ft) D 41°44′11″N 73°21′16″W / 41.73639°N 73.35444°W / 41.73639; -73.35444 (W218AV) FCC
W220AC 91.9 Fairfield, Connecticut 19 0.6 m (2.0 ft) D 41°08′53″N 73°15′5″W / 41.14806°N 73.25139°W / 41.14806; -73.25139 (W220AC) FCC
W262AS 100.3 Bridgehampton, New York 27 90.5 m (297 ft) D 40°58′19″N 72°20′54″W / 40.97194°N 72.34833°W / 40.97194; -72.34833 (W262AS) FCC
Broadcast translators of WRXC
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W220CF 91.9 Huntington, Connecticut 7 73 m (240 ft) D 41°16′33″N 73°07′46″W / 41.27583°N 73.12944°W / 41.27583; -73.12944 (W220CF) FCC
Broadcast translators of WGRS
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W220CE 91.9 Middlefield, Connecticut 6 166 m (545 ft) D 41°30′49.65″N 72°44′48.3″W / 41.5137917°N 72.746750°W / 41.5137917; -72.746750 (W220CE) FCC
W220CH 91.9 West Hartford, Connecticut 8 170.2 m (558 ft) D 41°47′48″N 72°47′52″W / 41.79667°N 72.79778°W / 41.79667; -72.79778 (W220CH) FCC
W233AG 94.5 New London, Connecticut 55 31 m (102 ft) D 41°21′11″N 72°06′53″W / 41.35306°N 72.11472°W / 41.35306; -72.11472 (W233AG) FCC
W233AI 94.5 Sag Harbor, New York 27 48 m (157 ft) D 40°58′19″N 72°20′54″W / 40.97194°N 72.34833°W / 40.97194; -72.34833 (W233AI) FCC
W233AJ 94.5 Old Saybrook, Connecticut 38 40 m (130 ft) D 41°18′35″N 72°23′51″W / 41.30972°N 72.39750°W / 41.30972; -72.39750 (W233AJ) FCC
W252AS 98.3 New Haven, Connecticut 19 67.7 m (222 ft) D 41°17′48″N 72°58′25″W / 41.29667°N 72.97361°W / 41.29667; -72.97361 (W252AS) FCC
W264AJ 100.7 Southampton, New York 250 34 m (112 ft) D 40°53′36″N 72°23′48″W / 40.89333°N 72.39667°W / 40.89333; -72.39667 (W264AJ) FCC
W287AZ 105.3 Southport, Connecticut 50 1.6 m (5.2 ft) D 41°08′53″N 73°15′5″W / 41.14806°N 73.25139°W / 41.14806; -73.25139 (W287AZ) FCC
W289AX 105.7 East Hampton, New York 10 15.5 m (51 ft) D 41°00′18″N 72°09′25″W / 41.00500°N 72.15694°W / 41.00500; -72.15694 (W289AX) FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alternative radio still has a place on the dial". New Haven Register. June 16, 2002. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "WMNR's 30th History". WMNR website. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "WRXC Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "WGSK Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "WGRS Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Consummation". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. March 31, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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