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CityWoonsocket, Rhode Island
Broadcast areaNorthern Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts
Branding1380 AM & 95.1 FM WNRI
Slogan"Serving the Blackstone Valley since 1954"
Frequency1380 kHz
First air dateNovember 28, 1954
Power2,500 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
Facility ID1734
Transmitter coordinates42°00′58″N 71°29′30″W / 42.01611°N 71.49167°W / 42.01611; -71.49167
Callsign meaningNorthern Rhode Island
OwnerBouchard Broadcasting, Inc.
WebcastListen Live

WNRI (1380 AM, "1380 AM & 95.1 FM WNRI") 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 locally produced programs daily. WNRI also carries games from the Pawtucket Red Sox.


Broadcast translators of WNRI
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W236CW 95.1 Woonsocket, Rhode Island 26352 130 28 m (92 ft) D 42°0′58″N 71°29′30″W / 42.01611°N 71.49167°W / 42.01611; -71.49167 FCC

An earlier WNRI[edit]

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.

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