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WXCI logo.png
CityDanbury, Connecticut
Broadcast areaWestern Connecticut
Frequency91.7 MHz
First air dateFebruary 28, 1973
ERP3,000 watts
HAAT67 meters
Facility ID71786
Transmitter coordinates41°23′42″N 73°29′14″W / 41.39500°N 73.48722°W / 41.39500; -73.48722
Callsign meaningXCI = Roman numerals for 91
Former callsignsWCST
OwnerWestern Connecticut State University
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (smartphone)
WebsiteOfficial website

WXCI (91.7 FM) is a student radio station broadcasting an educational format. Licensed to Danbury, Connecticut, United States, the station serves the Danbury area. The station is owned by Western Connecticut State University.[1][2]

WXCI broadcasts to Connecticut and New York at 3,000 watts with a stereo transmitter on WCSU's Westside Campus. It also streams its broadcasts on the Web.

The radio station obtained its FCC license to operate on 28 February 1973. The Station began at 12:30 pm local time with a student, Rob Abbett nicknamed Rabbett, with the words, "Good afternoon, this is FM radio station WXCI in Danbury beginning its first broadcast day." [3] Before Abbett throw the switch to FM broadcasting, the station was AM carrier current and PA system in dorms and student center was at the time call Memorial Hall with the call letters WCST. This station was started in 1968 by Bob Wilson.[4] However, by 1973, events progressed to FM radio broadcast initially transmitting at 10 watts of power, WXCI upgraded to 760 watts in 1978. In 1982, WXCI was one of the first FM stations to focus on alternative rock, a format now common among US college radio stations. As one of a handful of stations playing alternative rock and new wave in the US in the early 1980s, WXCI helped popularize new bands and artists such as REM, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, U2, Culture Club, Duran Duran, and Black Flag.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "WXCI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WXCI Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  3. ^ http://www.hartfordradiohistory.com/WXCI.php
  4. ^ http://www.hartfordradiohistory.com/WXCI.php

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