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Frequency91.7 MHz(HD Radio)
FormatPublic radio
AffiliationsNational Public Radio Native Voice One
OwnerWhite Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date
April 24, 1983
Call sign meaning
EXcellence in Public Radio
Technical information
Facility ID72220
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT128 meters
Transmitter coordinates
45°46′28″N 89°14′54″W / 45.774444°N 89.248333°W / 45.774444; -89.248333
WebcastListen Live

WXPR (91.7 FM) is a community-licensed public radio station serving north central Wisconsin and adjacent areas of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Licensed to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States, the station is owned by White Pine Community Broadcasting, a nonprofit educational corporation. WXPR is a National Public Radio member station, as well as an affiliate of Native Voice One. The studios are at 28 N. Stevens St. in downtown Rhinelander, in a historic building previously occupied by the local newspaper. The transmitter is off Oneida County Highway A between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes, Wisconsin, southwest of Thunder Lake.

The station operates satellite WXPW at 91.9 FM in Wausau. In a share-time arrangement, WXPW shares 91.9 with WLBL-FM, the Wausau outlet for Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network. WXPW airs from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. from Monday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. on Friday to 5 p.m. on Sunday.[1]


The vision for WXPR was developed by Peter Nordgren, whose previous involvement in noncommercial radio was with WSSU at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, as well as KBSB and KAXE. Other early staff and supporters included Mary Kay Foltz Sherer, a fundraising specialist from Minocqua who would go on to be development director at Wisconsin Public Radio, retired Army Signal Corps colonel Elmer Goetsch, and construction worker Robert M. (Mick) Fiocchi of Rhinelander, later WXPR's general manager. The first program director was W. Scott Yankus, later with Minnesota Public Radio and Marketplace (radio program); other staff included news director Jeff Gavin and programming staff Rita Rahoi, later a professor of communications at Winona State University. WXPR was one of fourteen stations in underserved areas whose development in the early 1980s was supported by expansion grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.[2]


Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W265AI 100.9 Ironwood, Michigan 10 D FCC FM Query


  1. ^ "WLBL (FM) 91.9". WPR website. 2014-03-23.
  2. ^ "White Pine Community Broadcasting newsletters". White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. 1980–1983.

Coordinates: 45°46′26″N 89°14′53″W / 45.774°N 89.248°W / 45.774; -89.248