WBLQ (1230 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Westerly, Rhode Island. The station is owned by Diponti Communications.

CityWesterly, Rhode Island
Broadcast areaSouthern Rhode Island, Southeastern Connecticut
Branding"Stereo 1230 WBLQ"
Slogan"Local News, Local People"
Frequency1230 kHz in C-QUAM A.M. Stereo.
First air dateJuly 1, 1949
FormatFull Service
Power1,000 watts (unlimited)
Facility ID71722
Transmitter coordinates41°21′57″N 71°50′11″W / 41.36583°N 71.83639°W
Former callsignsWERI[1] (1949-1999)
WXNI (1999-2009)
OwnerChristopher DiPaola
(DiPonti Communications)
Sister stationsWSUB-LP
WebsiteWBLQ Online




The station, then called WERI, began broadcasting on 1230kc. on July 1, 1949 using Day/Night power of 250 watts, non-directional. The station still uses its original 185-foot, Blaw-Knox,[2] self-supporting tower, on Margin Street, beside the Pawcatuck River.[3]


The FCC increases the Daytime power of all Class IV[4] AM stations to 1,000 watts. WERI still has to reduce power to 250 watts at night, as did all other stations on the same frequency.


WERI adds F.M. service with WERI-FM/103.7 (Channel 279) (today's WVEI-FM). The FM antenna is initially mounted to the side of the AM tower on Margin Street in downtown Westerly. The FM station broadcasts for only a few days from this location before it is shut-down due to harmonic interference to TV channel 12.


WERI-FM moves its transmitter to a new location on Route 3 in Ashaway, and begins regular broadcasting.


The FCC increases the Nighttime power of all Class IV stations from 250 to 1,000 watts, including WERI.


WERI-FM moves its transmitter closer to Providence, changes callsign to "WWRX", and effectively becomes a Providence station.


WERI-FM (WWRX) is sold to an independent owner from the AM station (WERI).


In a separate transaction, WERI was sold to Boston University, and the callsign was changed to WXNI on January 4.[1] As WXNI It aired a format of news and talk from National Public Radio.[5] It was a repeater of WRNI in Providence, and the two stations combined to provide a locally-focused NPR member for Rhode Island–the forerunner of what evolved into Rhode Island Public Radio (now The Public's Radio).



In December, BU reached an agreement to sell WXNI to Diponti Communications for a reported $350,000.[6] The move came after a local group took control of WRNI and acquired WAKX (later WRNI-FM and now WNPE) in Narragansett Pier to serve as its southern satellite.


Diponti Communications moved the local news and variety programming of WBLQ-LP (96.7 FM, Ashaway, Rhode Island) to WXNI's more powerful AM signal.[6] WXNI begins broadcasting in C-QUAM A.M. Stereo. WXNI changes call letters to WBLQ November 29.


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. ^ Blaw-Knox tower
  3. ^ Pawcatuck River
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2013-02-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  6. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (2007-12-24). "WAMC Backs Down in Noncomm Fight". NorthEast Radio Watch.

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WBLQ may refer to:

WBLQ (AM), a radio station (1230 AM) licensed to Westerly, Rhode Island, United States

WSUB-LP, a radio station (96.7 FM) licensed to Ashaway, Rhode Island, United States, which used the call sign WBLQ-LP from 2005 to 2009

WKIV, a radio station (88.1 FM) licensed to Westerly, Rhode Island, United States, which used the call sign WBLQ from 1997 to 2005

WMNP, a radio station (99.3 FM) licensed to Block Island, Rhode Island, United States, which used the call sign WBLQ from 1988 to 1996

WJET (AM), a radio station (1400 AM) licensed to Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, which used the call sign WBLQ from 1986 to 1988

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