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City of license Nantucket, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Cape Cod
Branding 89.5 WNCK
Slogan Nantucket's NPR Station
Frequency 89.5 MHz
First air date 2002 (2002)
Format Classical
ERP 500 watts
HAAT 36 meters
Class A
Facility ID 87830
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning NantuCKet
Former callsigns WAZK (2001-2002)
Affiliations National Public Radio, Public Radio International
Owner Nantucket Public Radio, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website .org.nantucketnprwww

WNCK (89.5 FM) is a classical music radio station, licensed to Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA, and serving the Cape Cod area. The station is owned by Nantucket Public Radio, Inc.[1][2]

It broadcasts the NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered and classical music the rest of the day.

The station signed on in 2002 and originally programmed an adult contemporary format.[3] On April 1, 2003, the station entered into a ten-year programming and operational agreement with the WGBH Educational Foundation;[4] despite this, WNCK remained separately-run from WCAI, WNAN, and WZAI, the WGBH-owned and operated Cape and Islands NPR stations.

Originally, WGBH programmed WNCK as a simulcast of its primary radio service, offering a mixed-format of classical, jazz, folk, blues, Celtic music, and news. Upon the completion of WGBH's acquisition of Boston classical music station WCRB on December 1, 2009, WNCK switched its programming source to that station in an effort to improve WCRB's signal. (Concurrent with the acquisition, WGBH's own classical music programming, as well as the folk and blues programming, were replaced with increased news programming, essentially rendering the simulcast on WNCK largely redundant to WCAI, specifically the WNAN transmitter.)[5]

On June 19, 2014 WNCK dropped its simulcast with WCRB and added the NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered while airing classical music the rest of the day and all weekend.[6]


  1. ^ "WNCK Facility Record". United States  
  2. ^ "WNCK Station Information Profile".  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "Ownership Report For Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station". CDBS Public Access.  
  5. ^ "WGBH Radio Help Center".  
  6. ^ WNCK Shifts to Public News/Talk

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WNCK
  • Radio-Locator information on WNCK
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNCK

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