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WXCI logo.png
City Danbury, Connecticut
Broadcast area Western Connecticut
Branding Represent
Frequency 91.7 MHz
First air date February 28, 1973
Format Educational
ERP 3,000 watts
HAAT 67 meters
Class A
Facility ID 71786
Transmitter coordinates 41°23′42″N 73°29′14″W / 41.39500°N 73.48722°W / 41.39500; -73.48722
Callsign meaning XCI = Roman numerals for 91
Former callsigns WCST
Owner Western Connecticut State University
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (smartphone)
Website Official 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]


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