Providence dial swap proposed by RI Public Radio


WRNI-AM 1290, an NPR member station in Providence, Rhode Island and owned by Rhode Island Public Radio, is negotiating a deal with The Wheeler School and Latino Public Radio to swap their dial spots. Rhode Island Public Radio proposes a lease swap of frequencies that would allow it to move the programming of WRNI to the 88.1 frequency of The Wheeler School’s noncomm WELH-FM Providence.  That component is a 10-year proposal. Rhode Island Public Radio would then lease its AM facility to Latino Public Radio for five years, which currently leases 5a-Noon on WELH. 

The Wheeler School is a coeducational independent day school. Rhode Island Public Radio would pay $75,000 annually for the FM spot plus 3% of any additional revenue from the switch. Latino Public Radio would lease 1290 AM at cost. reports Latino Public Radio GM Reynaldo Almonte says the move would double programming time to 24 hours.

WRNI also simulcasts on 102.7 FM from Wakefield, RI to the south.