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City Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Slogan LOCAL. Public. Radio.
Frequency 91.7 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)
First air date April 24th, 1983
Format Public radio
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 128 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 722220
Transmitter coordinates 45.774444, -89.248333
Callsign meaning EXcellence in Public Radio
Affiliations National Public Radio
Owner White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wxpr.org

WXPR (91.7 FM) is a National Public Radio member station. Licensed to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States, the station is owned by White Pine Community Broadcasting, a nonprofit educational corporation. WXPR's studios are at 28 N. Stevens St. in downtown Rhinelander, in a historic building previously occupied by the local newspaper. Its transmitter is off County Highway A between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes, southwest of Thunder Lake.

The station operates full-time satellite WXPW at 91.9 FM in Wausau. In a unique share-time arrangement, WXPW shares 91.9 with WLBL-FM, the Wausau outlet for Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network. WXPW airs from 6 pm to midnight from Monday through Thursday and from 6 pm on Friday to 5 pm on Sunday.[1]


The vision for WXPR was developed by Peter Nordgren, whose previous involvement in noncommercial radio was with WSSU(FM) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, as well as KBSB and KAXE. Other early staff and supporters included Mary Kay Foltz Sherer, a fundraising specialist from Minocqua who would go on to be development director at Wisconsin Public Radio, retired Army Signal Corps colonel Elmer Goetsch, and construction worker Robert M. (Mick) Fiocchi of Rhinelander, later WXPR's general manager. The first program director was W. Scott Yankus, later with Minnesota Public Radio and Marketplace (radio program); other staff included news director Jeff Gavin and programming staff Rita Rahoi, later a professor of communications at Winona State University. WXPR was one of fourteen stations in underserved areas whose development in the early 1980s was supported by expansion grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.[2]


Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W265AI 100.9 Ironwood, Michigan 10 D FCC


  1. ^ "WLBL (FM) 91.9". WPR website. 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ "White Pine Community Broadcasting newsletters". White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. 1980–1983. 

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Coordinates: 45°46′26″N 89°14′53″W / 45.774°N 89.248°W / 45.774; -89.248