Classical 95.9-FM WCRI & Billboard Connection Providence 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 Parillo, WCRI’s Kids Hour, Conducting Conversations w/ Mike Maino, The 95.9 Company Break and more.
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 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, 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 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 […]
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 […]
Trevor Neal is the current Artistic Director as well as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Newport Classical! Still in the midst of an emerging operatic career, Grammy-nominated baritone Trevor Neal has performed in many of the U.S.’ premiere regional opera companies, including The Dallas Opera, Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, and Opera San […]
Jamie studied vocal performance at Boston University and later trained with world renowned vocal coach Manuel Lujan. He worked for Walt Disney World as a stilt walker, puppeteer and Prince Charming. Jamie also has his own original solo album titled “In My World.” He has sung barbershop competitively and currently sings with his N.E.D. Novice […]