WRNC-LP was a student-owned, freeform radio station on 97.7 MHz, and served the Chequamegon Bay area from the campus of Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

CityAshland, Wisconsin
Frequency97.7 MHz (FM)
FormatDefunct (was Freeform/College)
AffiliationsPacifica Radio
OwnerNorthland College
First air date
Call sign meaning
We R Northland College
Technical information
ERP100 watts
HAAT21 meters (69 ft)

WRNC began in 1995 as a student initiative initially began broadcasting in 1998 at 25 milliwatts. Soon after the station began broadcasting, student organizers discovered that licensing paperwork had never been filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which led to an end of broadcasting for the new station.

In 2001, an LPFM tower construction permit was drafted and filed with the FCC. In 2003, Northland College was granted a 100-watt, low-power frequency to begin broadcasting in December of that year.

WRNC-LP, in its latest incarnation, began broadcasting in May 2005. The station featured a variety of programming and operated twenty-four hours a day.

The station also webcast its programming via its website.

WRNC-LP ceased operations on or about May 23, 2017. The closure of the radio station was due to budget cutbacks, at a time when the college was attempting to find solutions to a severe budget shortfall.[1] Its license expired December 1, 2020.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Duluth News-Tribune". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Radio License Expirations", fcc.gov. November 4, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved December 2, 2020.

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Coordinates: 46°34′48″N 90°52′30″W / 46.580°N 90.875°W / 46.580; -90.875