CANTON, N.Y. - North Country Public Radio, based in Canton, NY, has signed on its newest station, WXLQ, 90.5 FM, licensed to Bristol, Vt. The new service provides the NCPR signal to western Lake Champlain communities in New York State, including Port Henry, Westport and Essex, as well as Bristol, Vergennes, Monkton and Ferrisburgh in Vermont.
Many listeners in the area who currently listen to North Country Public Radio's Plattsburgh/Peru signal on 88.1, will experience better reception on the new 90.5 FM frequency.
North Country Public Radio now operates 33 stations and translators serving northern New York State including the Adirondacks, the 1000 Islands, and the Lake Champlain region.
"This station will reach thousands of new families on the New York side of Lake Champlain, as well as provide a better alternative signal to listeners in New York and Vermont on the south and eastern fringes of our previous coverage area," said Ellen Rocco, North Country Public Radio manager.
The new service was funded in part by the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and by the Essex Community Foundation, administered by the Adirondack Community Trust.
"The expansion of our service area was made possible through friendly negotiation with our neighboring public radio service, Vermont Public Radio," Rocco added. "We thank them, and we thank all our volunteers who helped with the project. We are thrilled to be able to bring our public radio signal to more listeners."
In addition to North Country Public Radio's on-air signal, the station operates a comprehensive website at ncpr.org, with information about the station, its programs, community information, links, a full archive of regional news and a live stream of the station signal.