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WXPR is an independent, community-licensed public radio station founded in 1983 and operated by White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. From studios at 28 North Stevens Street in downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin, WXPR can be heard at 91.7fm in a 70 mile radius of Rhinelander, with extended service to Ironwood, Michigan via translator at 100.9fm, and through a shared transmitter in Wausau, Wisconsin at 91.9fm WXPW.
The station is proud of the WXPR community. From the Rhinelander studios, scores of volunteer on-air hosts produce and deliver 70 hours of unique music programming weekly incorporating classical, blues, jazz, contemporary, American standards, polka, folk, bluegrass, and traditional country.
The station is governed by a 12 member volunteer Board of Directors of which half are elected by the membership and the other half selected by the Board. With an annual contribution of $25 an individual can become a member of WXPR.
WXPR also benefits from a volunteer Community Advisory Board. This group was established in compliance with the requirements of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Communications Act of 1934. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide a vehicle for effective community input to the station about programming, community service, and impact on the community.
Local news is a station priority. Given the rural nature of northern Wisconsin, local coverage is essential to the mission of informing citizens of significant issues facing society. For that reason, WXPR employs a News Director to investigate and produce local news in multiple formats:
- Features that explore the details surrounding news headlines and events.
- Long format forums and roundtable discussions on issues important to the WXPR listening community.
In 2013, WXPR created a new position in the news department. The Community Features Editor is developing a network of volunteer community journalists to expand WXPR’s news and cultural reporting throughout the listening area.
WXPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and Native Voice One. The station also obtains programming from a variety of independent sources.
If you would like to know more about opportunities in the WXPR community, please contact WXPR General Manger, Pete Rondello 715-362-6000.