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City of license Newport, Rhode Island
Broadcast area Newport and Providence, Rhode Island
Branding Radio Newport
Frequency 105.9 MHz
First air date December 2001[1]
Format Jazz/Freeform
ERP 50 watts
HAAT 42.3 meters
Class L1
Facility ID 123581
Transmitter coordinates 41°29′06″N 71°18′32″W / 41.485°N 71.30889°W / 41.485; -71.30889
Callsign meaning "X marks the spot for High Quality programming"[1]
Owner Newport Music Arts Association

WXHQ-LP (105.9 FM, "Radio Newport") is a non-commercial radio station licensed to the commnuity of Newport, Rhode Island. The station serves Newport and the greater Providence, Rhode Island, area.[2] The station is owned and operated by the Newport Music Arts Association, a non-profit organization.[3] It airs a Jazz/Freeform format that, according to the station's website, includes "jazz, blues, r&b, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban, lounge, soul, funk, reggae, ska, electronic, downtempo, acid-jazz, surf, world, country, folk, and even occasionally some rock".[4][5] The music played is almost exclusively instrumental and the station has a policy against playing songs featuring English language vocals.[1]

The station has been assigned the WXHQ-LP call letters by the Federal Communications Commission since May 31, 2001.[6] This is the first FCC-licensed low-power FM station in the state of Rhode Island.[7] WXHQ-LP is also the first public radio station licensed to Newport.[8]


Community involvement

The WXHQ-LP studios are located on in a small office on Marlborough Street.[1] The station's transmitter is located atop the Hotel Viking on Bellvue Avenue in downtown Newport.[9] This transmitter site includes a rooftop container garden used to promote sustainable agriculture and green living by collecting rainwater and growing food.[10]

Other community involvement activities of WXHQ-LP include providing music programming for the annual Newport Island Moving Co. dance festival[11], broadcasting the Newport Jazz Festival[3], and serving as a contributing sponsor each year for the Newport International Film Festival.[12]

FCC actions

On October 29, 2007, the FCC issued a $250 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for WXHQ-LP to licensee Newport Music Arts Association.[13] The fine was levied because the station failed to file a timely license renewal application and did not provide an explanation for the late filing. The standard fine of $3000 was reduced because the licensee did file a renewal application before the actual expiration of the broadcast license.


  1. ^ a b c d Weisman, Janine (2006-03-22). "The little station that could". The Newport Mercury.  
  2. ^ Carnegie, Jim (2002-08-16). "LPFM starts on a slow roll". Radio Business Report.  
  3. ^ a b "Newport Musical Arts Association". Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County. "The Newport Musical Arts Association has been awarded a Low Power FM radio station license (WXHQ 105.9) by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This license will enable the NMAA, a non-profit organization, to broadcast uniquely diverse programming to the city of Newport and its surrounding areas."  
  4. ^ "Welcome to the WXHQ Website". WXHQ 105.9 Low Power FM, Newport RI.  
  5. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.  
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.  
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (2003-01-01). "2002 Year In Review". NorthEast Radio Watch. "WXHQ-LP (105.9 Newport), Rhode Island's first LPFM"  
  8. ^ "Low-power Newport radio station is fueled by high-powered hopes". The Newport Daily News. 2001-07-23.  
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (2002-07-01). "July 1, 2002 - New 1610 Signs On in Montreal". NorthEast Radio Watch.  
  10. ^ "Rooftop Garden in Newport, Rhode Island, USA". The Rooftop Garden Project. 2007-12-13.  
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Johnette (Fall 2005). "Fall Preview: Moving It - From Birds To Bach To Ballroom And Belly Dance". The Providence Phoenix.  
  12. ^ "Contributing Sponsors". Newport International Film Festival.  
  13. ^ "Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture DA 07-4457". Federal Communications Commission.  

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