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Canton NY, January 30, 2009. North Country Public Radio, based in Canton, New York, has signed on its newest station, WXLQ, 90.5 fm, licensed to Bristol, Vermont. The new service provides the NCPR signal to western Lake Champlain communities in New York State, including Port Henry, Westport and Essex, as well as Bristol, Vergennes, Monkton and Ferrisburgh, Vermont. Many listeners in the area, who currently listen to North Country Public Radio's Plattsburgh/Peru signal on 88.1, will experience better reception on the new 90.5 fm frequency.
North Country Public Radio now operates 33 stations and translators serving northern New York State including the Adirondacks, the 1000 Islands, and the Lake Champlain region. "This station will reach thousands of new families on the New York side of Lake Champlain, as well as provide a better alternative signal to listeners in New York and Vermont on the south and eastern fringes of our previous coverage area," according to North Country Public Radio manager Ellen Rocco. The new service was funded in part by the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and by the Essex Community Foundation, administered by the Adirondack Community Trust. Said Rocco, "The expansion of our service area was made possible through friendly negotiation with our neighboring public radio service, Vermont Public Radio. We thank them, and we thank all our volunteers who helped with the project. We are thrilled to be able to bring our public radio signal to more listeners."