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WXRV (The River 92.5 FM) is an adult album alternative radio station based in Andover, Massachusetts, with a signal covering most of northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, and audible as far away as Plymouth, Massachusetts. Originating in 1947 as WHAV, an AM station in Haverhill, an FM station was founded in 1948, but went dark in the early 1950s. The FM station was restored on its current frequency in 1959; it became soft rock-formatted WLYT (Lite 92.5) in 1983, and gained its current identity as WXRV on August, 1, 1995, presumably[citation needed] taking the River moniker from the nearby Merrimack River (though with its wider reach, it uses Boston's Charles River for publicity purposes), but some say that the "river" moniker is for its diverse format of music that winds back and forth flowing like a river.[2] Despite the station's transmitter location, WXRV attempts to primarily serve the Greater Boston area; its signal also reaches into the nearby Manchester and Portsmouth markets. To overcome signal issues near Boston, the station applied for four on-channel booster stations in the Boston and metro-west areas in August 2015. The studios are still located in Haverhill, in the original WHAV art deco building. The current station inherited a facility on the top floor of its studio now called the River Music Hall, which was designed for broadcasting live performances in the pre-rock era, and is used today to broadcast live performances and to record performances for later broadcast.

WXRV
The River 92.5 FM logo.png
City Andover, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Greater Boston, Manchester and Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Branding 92.5 The River
Slogan Boston's Independent Radio
Frequency 92.5 MHz
Translator(s) W243DC 96.5 MHz Needham, Massachusetts
Repeater(s) WXRV-FM1 (92.5, Framingham)
WXRV-FM2 (92.5, Dover)
WXRV-FM3 (92.5, Newton)
WXRV-FM5 (92.5, Boston)
First air date June 1959[1]
Format Adult album alternative
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 217 meters (712 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 49385
Transmitter coordinates 42°46′23.00″N 71°6′11.00″W / 42.7730556°N 71.1030556°W / 42.7730556; -71.1030556 (WXRV)
Callsign meaning W X RiVer
Owner Northeast Broadcasting
(Beanpot License Corp.)
Sister stations WFNX, WLKC, WXRG
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (MP3)
Website www.theriverboston.com
Former logo

The station's slogan is "Independent Radio", proclaiming its status as being a single station separate from the large mass-media conglomerates such as iHeartMedia and Entercom with freedom from the idea of corporate playlists and national content. This enables WXRV to play a very wide variety of music, ranging from blues and folk to contemporary alternative and classic rock, as well as songs from numerous local musicians and lesser-known musical acts.

In 2007, their studio location began using photo-voltaic solar power for a portion of the station's power consumption, making it one of the few such solar-powered radio stations in the world at the time.

Starting in 2001 the River began its Riverfest Festival each summer. It is held in Newburyport, Massachusetts and has had performers such as Matt Nathanson, Eric Hutchinson, Fastball and the Sam Roberts Band appear.

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SimulcastsEdit

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID Height
m (ft)
WFNX 99.9 FM Athol, Massachusetts 51124 124 m (407 ft)
WLKC 105.7 FM Campton, New Hampshire 72211 119 m (390 ft)
WXRG 102.3 FM Concord, New Hampshire 8683 87 m (285 ft)
Broadcast translators of WXRV
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W243DC 96.5 Needham, Massachusetts 148707 10 159.5 m (523 ft) D 42°18′10.70″N 71°13′4.90″W / 42.3029722°N 71.2180278°W / 42.3029722; -71.2180278 (W243DC) FCC
WXRV-FM1 92.5 Framingham, Massachusetts 198698 33 horizontal
99 vertical
24 m (79 ft) D 42°18′22.70″N 71°22′47.00″W / 42.3063056°N 71.3797222°W / 42.3063056; -71.3797222 (WXRV-FM1) FCC
WXRV-FM2 92.5 Dover, Massachusetts 198697 33 horizontal
99 vertical
126 m (413 ft) D 42°22′42.10″N 71°16′4.90″W / 42.3783611°N 71.2680278°W / 42.3783611; -71.2680278 (WXRV-FM2) FCC
WXRV-FM3 92.5 Newton, Massachusetts 198696 33 horizontal
99 vertical
89 m (292 ft) D 42°24′50.80″N 71°12′39.00″W / 42.4141111°N 71.2108333°W / 42.4141111; -71.2108333 (WXRV-FM3) FCC
WXRV-FM5 92.5 Boston, Massachusetts 198907 8 horizontal
24 vertical
89 m (292 ft) D 42°20′57.00″N 71°4′31.00″W / 42.3491667°N 71.0752778°W / 42.3491667; -71.0752778 (WXRV-FM5) FCC

WLKC (105.7 FM), licensed to Campton, New Hampshire has simulcast WXRV since 1999. For a brief time during 2012–13, the station was programmed separately (though retaining the "River" branding and AAA format), before returning to the WXRV simulcast. In 2014, Northeast Broadcasting acquired a second New Hampshire station, WWHK (102.3 FM) in Concord; that station began broadcasting WXRV programming on May 2, 2014, though WWHK broadcasts separate news, weather, and advertising.[3][4] Later that month, WXRV added a translator in Needham, Massachusetts, W243DC (96.5 FM). On March 28, 2016, WWHK changed its call letters to WXRG.

From April 2008 until May 2014, WXRV simulcast in the northwest part of Central Massachusetts on WFNX (99.9 FM), licensed to Athol, Massachusetts, which itself was rebroadcast on daytime station WWBZ (700 AM, now WFAT) in Orange and Athol starting in late 2011. The WFNX call letters were previously used by an alternative rock station in Boston owned by the Boston Phoenix, first on 101.7 FM (now WBWL) and later as an Internet radio station; Northeast Broadcasting acquired the call letters in April 2013 after that station shut down along with the Phoenix.[5] Before then, the station had been known as WXRG, while WWBZ was known as WTUB until April 2014. WFNX and WWBZ dropped the WXRV simulcast in May 2014 and began stunting with a wide range of music while preparing to launch new formats for the stations on June 9, with listeners being asked to vote on which of the songs being played should be included in the new formats.[6][7] In May 2016, WFNX announced that it would end the variety hits format after May 29th and return to simulcasting WXRV, citing a lack of advertiser support; in its announcement, WFNX said it needed ten businesses to advertise on the stations on an annual basis to cover their operations costs.[8] WFAT concurrently announced that it would also resume a simulcast of WXRV,[8] but continues to broadcast its oldies format as of February 2017.

For several months after Northeast Broadcasting acquired WKBR (1250 AM) in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1997, that station offered a temporary simulcast of WXRV.[9] The station is now separately-owned WGAM.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Merrimack Valley Radio Dial: WXRV(FM)". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1995/RR-1995-08-04.pdf
  3. ^ WWHK Concord Begins WXRV Simulcast
  4. ^ Doyle, Megan (May 1, 2014). "92.5 the River begins simulcast on Concord station". Concord Monitor. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "WFNX Lives On ... Sorta". All Access. April 10, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (May 29, 2014). "Northeast To Launch New Central Massachusetts Formats". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.vote999.com Take Control of Your Radio
  8. ^ a b Venta, Lance (May 3, 2016). "Two Central Massachusetts Stations To End Programming". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 7, 1997). "A Change of Sale". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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