Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Public Radio
City of license WNPR: Meriden, Connecticut
WPKT: Norwich, Connecticut
WEDW-FM: Stamford, Connecticut
WRLI-FM: Southampton, New York
Broadcast area Connecticut, eastern Long Island
Branding WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio
Frequency WNPR: 90.5 MHz
WPKT: 89.1 MHz
WEDW-FM: 88.5 MHz
WRLI-FM: 91.3 MHz
Translator(s) 99.5 W258AC (Storrs)
Format Public radio
ERP WNPR: 18,500 watts (horiz.); 13,000 watts (vert.)
WPKT: 5,100 watts
WEDW-FM: 2,000 watts (horiz.); 1,800 watts (vert.)
WRLI-FM: 10,000 watts
HAAT WNPR: 251 meters (823 ft) (horiz.)
249 meters (817 ft) (vert.)
WPKT: 180 meters (590 ft) (horiz.)
WEDW-FM: 92 meters (302 ft)
WRLI-FM: 95 meters (312 ft)
Class WNPR: B
Facility ID WNPR: 13627
WPKT: 13618
WEDW-FM: 13619
WRLI-FM: 13598
Callsign meaning WNPR: National Public Radio
WPKT: Paul k Taft, former CPBN Head
WEDW-FM: (see Connecticut Public Television)
WRLI-FM: Radio Long Island
Former callsigns WNPR: WPKT (until 2011)
WPKT: WNPR (until 2011)
Affiliations National Public Radio
Owner Connecticut Public Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live M3U DTFX

Connecticut Public Radio is a network of public radio stations in the state of Connecticut, affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR). It is owned by Connecticut Public Broadcasting, who also owns Connecticut Public Television. Together, the television and radio networks make up the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network.

It is composed of four stations located on the FM band, broadcasting the same programming at all times:

There is also one translator to relay programming on the four stations:

Translators of CPR
Callsign MHz City of license Power
Additional Information
W258AC 99.5 Storrs, Connecticut 10 D FCC

Additionally, WECS, Eastern Connecticut State University's campus station, simulcasts the network's feeds of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Car Talk.

The headquarters of WNPR and CPTV in Hartford, Connecticut

The stations air primarily news and talk from NPR. It promotes itself on-air as "WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio." It is headquartered with CPTV in Hartford, and operates an additional studio in New Haven.

The network's first station, WPBH in Meriden, signed on in June 1978. CPBI originally wanted the WNPR calls, but the FCC turned it down due to objections from WPLR in New Haven, who claimed the calls sounded too similar. Previously, 90.5 had been used as a low-powered translator of WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. WPBH's sign-on brought NPR programming to Hartford for the first time; it had been one of the largest cities in the nation without an NPR station. It became WPKT in 1984, after board chairman Homer Babbidge requested the FCC change the call letters to honor CPBN head Paul K. Taft.

WNPR in Norwich followed in 1981, WEDW-FM in Stamford in 1985 and WRLI-FM on Long Island in 1993.

On September 15, 2011, WPKT and WNPR swapped call letters. Although 90.5 has always been the main station, the network had been using WNPR as its on-air name since the 1980s.

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