Lease Swap Would Add Providence FM Signal For Rhode Island Public Radio
August 17, 2011 at 4:26 AM (PT)
RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC RADIO reports that it is working on a three-way lease swap of frequencies that would allow it to move the programming of its noncommercial News-Talk WRNI-A/PROVIDENCE to the 88.1 FM frequency of THE WHEELER SCHOOL's noncommercial WELH/PROVIDENCE. RIPR would then least its 1290 AM facility to LATINO PUBLIC RADIO, which presently leases 5a-noon on WELH. The moves would be accomplished by a 10 year, $75,000/year (plus 3% of additional revenues) lease to RIPR by WHEELER, and a 5 year lease of the AM station to LPR at cost.
RIPR GM JOE O'CONNOR said, "Just a lot of things have to happen technically and financially for this to come about. We're still not quite there yet, but we hope to have this deal done very very soon." He said that the switch is projected for OCTOBER 1st.
WRNI also airs on FM in the southern part of RHODE ISLAND on WRNI-F/NARRAGANSETT PIER, RI.