ABOUT US

 

Radio in Newport, New Hampshire began on August 11th, 1960  on Belknap Ave. Thru the 60's, 70's & 80's, WCNL evolved formats from country to rock, to oldies, etc.  However one of the most popular features to WCNL had always been "Trading Time" - where listeners could buy, sell, trade or giveaway items on the radio.  This feature is still a staple to our modern day WCNL.

 

After WCNL outgrew it's original studio location on Belknap Ave, the station moved to West Street, Newport.

 

One honor that is exclusive to WCNL is that fact that WCNL was the very first radio station to play a small, local band named Aerosmith on it's airwaves.    Rumor has it, in the older days, Aerosmith use to hang out at the WCNL studios.

 

In 1988, WCNL was purchased Bob Vinikoor, who still currently owns WCNL and is the longest owned radio station in New Hampshire.  WCNL changed it s call letters to WNTK-AM, and eventually became the original WNTK.  Thru the late 90's/mid-2000's, we became an "Americana."

 

Then in the early Fall of 2007, all the stars aligned  and the  WCNL had the chance to return.  Oct 24th, 2007 @ 5:30am, local radio returned to Newport as WCNL threw the switch and was officially re-established. 

 

Our return was embraced immediately in Sullivan County, as listeners who were fed up wtih sub-par  radio, and nationally focused content were happy to find a locally run country station that plays REAL county and that is always family friendly & always for our community.

 

Since 1960, radio has always been in Newport , and with the re-establishment of WCNL on Main Street, we're here to serve Sullivan County.

 

 

AWARDS 

 

Since our re-establishment, we've been a critical success and are very proud of our accomplishments.

 

2007:  Newport Area Chamber Of Commerce - Busy Bee Award

 

2008:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Golden Mike - Best  Sports Play-By-Play

 

2008:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Merit Award - Public Service Announcement - Newport Historical Society Minute

 

2008:  Newport Area Chamber Of Commerce - Public Service

 

2009:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Golden Mike - Public Service Award - Newport Historical Society Minute

 

2009:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Radio Station Of The Year

 

2010:  National Association Of Broadcasters:  Radio Station Of The Year - Marconi Award Finalist

 

2010:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Radio Station Of The Year - Merit Award Winner

 

2010:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Golden Mike - Public Service Announcement - Newport Historical Society

 

2011:  Guinness World Record co-organizer:  Largest Mustache Contest - 462 entries.

 

2013:  New Hampshire Association Of Broadcasters:  Radio Station Of The Year

FACTS ABOUT WCNL

 

*  WCNL is the largest AM station in both New Hampshire and 

Vermont

 

*  WCNL has the largest FM translator in both New Hampshire and Vermont

 

*  You have many ways to listen to WCNL - on AM 1010, FM 94.7, online thru this website, and thru our free iPhone  Ap

 

*  We're the only country station in the area that proudly airs local high school sports

 

*  We are the only radio station located in & serving Sullivan County, New Hampshire

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Always family friendly & always for our community

 

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