Charles River Broadcasting

Charles River Broadcasting

Charles River Broadcasting

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Charles River Broadcasting was the owner of three classical music stations, one classic rock station, one CNN Headline News relay in Rhode Island, and a syndicated classical satellite delivery program service.


The company started in 1948 when WCRB first signed on at 1330 AM. In 1954, Charles River Broadcasting added WCRB-FM at 102.5 FM. In the mid 1970s, WCRB's programming was removed from the 1330 AM signal, which was relaunched as WHET, with a big-band/adult standards format. (WHET was sold in 1978 and is now WRCA.)

By the early 1990s, Charles River Broadcasting and WCRB entered into a commitment for the station to continue running classical music until 2092. Later in the decade, the company purchased WFCC-FM Chatham, WKPE-FM Orleans (both on Cape Cod), WCRI Block Island/Westerly (formerly WVBI), and WCNX Hope Valley, Rhode Island (formerly WJJF) (both in Rhode Island) from their respective local owners. In addition, a satellite service named the World Classical Network was started by Charles River Broadcasting.

The company explored a sale possibility for its stations (effectively interpreting the commitment as a request and not an order), and announced in December 2005 that they were selling WCRB to Greater Media, and announced the sale of WCRI/WCNX to Judson Group, headed by Christopher Jones, in January 2006 . Interestingly, Jones was a minister in the Waltham Unitarian Universalist Church, one of the few Unitarians to own a broadcasting property in the U.S....
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