Nantucket Public Radio’s 89.5 WNCK Nantucket, MA has dropped its simulcast of Classical 99.5 WCRB Lowell/Boston and launched its own News/Talk/Classical programming.
The new programming on WNCK will include Morning Edition from 6-10am, All Things Considered from 4-6pm, and Classical music at all other times. Both of the newly added NPR programs also air on WGBH’s “Cape & Islands Radio” service heard on Nantucket on 91.1 WNAN Nantucket.
WNCK is co-located with commerical AAA ‘97.7 ACK-FM” WAZK as both stations are owned by groups led by Jeff Shapiro. Shapiro also owns 16 stations in New Hampshire and Vermont under the Great Eastern Radio banner.
Nantucket Public Radio Inc of Nantucket, MA today announced that WNCK 89.5 FM will now be locallyprogrammed and locally focused. It becomes the first ever NPR-affiliated station to have full time studios and offices on Nantucket. It will directly focus on and will super-serve Nantucket Island only. The station will be known as “Nantucket’s NPR Station, 89.5 FM WNCK”.
“The NPR branding is superior and offers extremely compelling content with both talk elements and news,” said Nantucket Public Radio Program Director Justin Tyler. “We have had a ten year relationship with Boston’s Classical Station, WCRB ( a service of WGBH) as they have been simulcast partners on our 89.5 frequency. However, we felt this was the right time to offer Island residents a blend of NPR programming and classical music while focusing on community issues, events and happenings that are important for Nantucketers.”
The on air schedule for WNCK FM will be “Morning Edition” from 6a – 10a Weekdays, “All Things Considered” 4p – 6p Weekdays, and Classical Music filling out the remaining hours of the day and all weekend long. The island of Nantucket is home to over 14,000 year round residents, with the island population rising to over 50,000 people in the Summer.
Nantucket Public Radio General Manager Jeff Shapiro added that “we feel that the sophistication of NPR News/Talk along with Classical music is the perfect fit for a key segment of the island population. We will continue to add more and more locally originating talk programming to key weekend periods. We are looking for local residents and visitors who might want to contribute audio/talk content to make Nantucket’s NPR station a special and unique place for Nantucket listeners.”
For more questions concerning “Nantucket’s NPR Station, 89.5 FM WNCK”, please contact Justin Tyler at Justin@nantucketnpr.org or at 508-228-9770. Studios and offices for WNCK are located at 19 Old South Road on Nantucket.