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Classical 95.9-FM WCRI, Billboard Connection Providence and Cruise Planners are owned by Judson Group, Inc., a company that includes the son and grandsons of broadcasting pioneer Ted Jones, founder of Charles River Broadcasting Company and Boston’s legendary classical music station, WCRB. Judson Group acquired Classical 95.9-FM WCRI from Charles River Broadcasting in 2006 and is committed to carrying on the Ted Jones tradition of radio excellence.

Classical 95.9-FM WCRI is the only classical music station exclusively serving southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.

WCRI reaches an upscale, educated and active listening audience that is an attractive group for potential advertisers. With its transmitter situated on Block Island, WCRI provides a strong, clean signal to all of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.

In addition to popular classical movements and pieces, WCRI presents special local arts programming such as Jazz After Dinner w/ Joe Pariilo, Conducting Conversations with Mike MainoAmerica’s Music Festivals featuring the Newport Music Festival & The 95.9 Company Break.

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For more information, contact Jamie Jones at (401) 294-9274 or you can email Jamie at wcri@classical959.com.

On-Air Personalities

Mark Calder

Mark Calder, The World Classical Networks morning announcer, comes to us from the picturesque North Shore of Massachusetts. His broadcasting career spans nearly 25 years in New England radio and on the web.  A deans list graduate from Boston’s New England Institute of Art, aka Northeast Broadcasting School, Mark started out an intern, writing and […]

Don Spencer

Don Spencer also is a native New Englander, having grown up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He got “hooked” on radio at 15, after being asked to participate in an internship as part of a journalism class in high school. Don went to college in Boston and while attending school, he did a night shift […]

Larry King

Larry King, sometimes known as ‘The Real Larry King’ since that is his real name, grew up outside of New York City where he was inspired by the radio stations and on-air personalities he heard as a child. He was also interested in music, especially classical and jazz. It was during his junior year that […]

Mike Maino, Host of Conducting Conversations & American A Cappella

Mike Maino has spent over 45 years of his life immersed in the world of singing, speaking and entertaining. As an MC, he has received the prestigious “LaBar Award”, given to only seven people in the 75 year history of International Barbershop Harmony Society. His experiences include hundreds of live stage shows, that have taken him from California to London, […]

Joe Parillo, Host of Jazz After Dinner

Pianist, Grammy nominated composer, and Steinway Artist Joe Parillo, has performed in Brazil, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and most recently Taiwan. He has played nationally and internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard as well as with his trio and in solo performances and master classes. Mr. Parillo was invited as a […]

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