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WPRX (1120 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Bristol, Connecticut. The station is owned by Nievezquez Productions, Inc. It airs a Spanish Tropical format.

WPRX
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CityBristol, Connecticut
BrandingWPRX 1120 AM
Slogan“La Puertorriqueñisima”
Frequency1120 kHz
First air dateOctober 1948[1]
FormatSpanish Tropical
Power1,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
ClassB
Facility ID13630
Transmitter coordinates41°39′29″N 72°56′51″W / 41.65806°N 72.94750°W / 41.65806; -72.94750Coordinates: 41°39′29″N 72°56′51″W / 41.65806°N 72.94750°W / 41.65806; -72.94750
Callsign meaningPuerto Rican EXtraordinaire[2]
Former callsignsWBIS (1948–1993)
OwnerNievezquez Productions, Inc.
Websitewww.wprx1120.net

The station was assigned the WPRX call letters by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

WPRX is the first wholly owned Puerto Rican station in the United States and airs music from the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Spain, as well as news direct from Puerto Rico. The station features nearly 100 percent local programming.[2]

In 1977, the station, then WBIS, was purchased by David Rodgers, who owned stations in Salinas, California. Rodgers purchased the station from Robert Baker who had previously been the General Sales Manager at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. Rogers hired John Hiatt, a broadcaster from El Paso, Texas to run the radio station, and Rodgers owned the station for nearly a decade before selling the property. At that time, WBIS programmed a Soft Rock format and was located on 1440 kHz and was on the air only during the day.

WPRX's license was canceled on June 7, 2017 for not paying debts it owed to the FCC, which prevented the renewal of the station's license.[3] The license was reinstated on November 15, 2017.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-77. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "WPRX is back in New Britain - The first wholly owned Puerto Rican station in Connecticut". HispanicTips - National Hispanic News.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, James D. (June 7, 2017). "Re: WPRX(AM), Bristol, CT" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Station Search Details (WPRX)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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