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WRNI Ran in the Red; Supporters Mull Options

WRNI Ran in the Red; Supporters Mull Options

Longtime members of the foundation that helped bring public radio to Rhode Island are considering their options in order to keep WRNI(AM) as a public station, according to the Providence Journal.
RW Online reported recently that WRNI licensee, WBUR(FM), Boston, has put the Rhode Island station up for sale and that it had not intended to keep the facility long-term.
“We are on this like dogs,” Elizabeth Delude-Dix, vice president of the Foundation for Ocean State Public Radio told the Journal. The group is mulling legal options, according to the account.
WBUR has said finances were not a factor in selling the station; this week the Journal reported WRNI ran million-dollar deficits in each of its first five years, with deficits totaling more than $9 million as annual expenses exceeded revenues by a ratio of 3:1.