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WMNR Fine Arts Radio logo.png
CityMonroe, Connecticut
Broadcast area
Frequency88.1 MHz
BrandingFine Arts Radio
OwnerTown of Monroe, Connecticut
First air date
1973; 48 years ago (1973)[1]
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID43531
ERP5,000 watts
HAAT123 meters (404 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°19′8″N 73°15′13″W / 41.31889°N 73.25361°W / 41.31889; -73.25361 (WMNR)
Translator(s)See § Translators
Repeater(s)See § Repeaters
Public license information
WebcastListen live

WMNR (88.1 FM, "Fine Arts Radio") is a radio station licensed to Monroe, Connecticut. The station is municipally owned by the Town of Monroe and broadcasts classical music.


The station was founded in 1971 by John and Carol Babina. The Monroe Board of Education agreed to hold the FCC license for WMNR and provided facilities for the station at Masuk High School.[1] The equipment was paid for with donations from individual and businesses, and the station turned into a community project. The station began broadcasting regularly in 1974 with a variety of programming, including rock, big band, and classical.[2]

In 1980, it was thought that WMNR could fulfill a need for public radio in Fairfield county. A non-profit organization, Monroe Public Radio, Inc., began operating the station at this time. In early 1982, it became an NPR affiliate, and was able to secure a one-time federal grant for new equipment to increase power. However, before any of this could be done, Monroe Public Radio, Inc. ran out of funds and the station's operation returned to the founders, John and Carol Babina. In mid-1982, WMNR began broadcasting classical music and was run by a staff of volunteers.[2]

As the years progressed, three other stations in Connecticut were added to simulcast WMNR. WRXC (90.1 FM) in Shelton was assigned its call letters on March 20, 1986[3] and began broadcasting in 1988. The following year, WGSK (90.1 FM) in South Kent received its call sign on December 14, 1987,[4] but would not commence broadcasting until 1996. WGRS (91.5 FM) in Guilford was assigned its call sign on May 31, 1993[5] and began broadcasting that same year.

By 2003, they had outgrown their allotted space at the high school and moved into rented office space. In 2009, the licenses for WMNR were transferred from the Monroe Board of Education to the Town of Monroe.[2][6]

Other stations


Call sign Frequency City of license State Facility ID Class ERP
(m (ft))
Transmitter coordinates
WGRS 91.5 FM Guilford Connecticut 43527 A 2,800 30.1 m (99 ft) 41°17′19″N 72°39′32″W / 41.28861°N 72.65889°W / 41.28861; -72.65889 (WGRS)
WRXC 90.1 FM Shelton Connecticut 43530 A 45 147 m (482 ft) 41°21′43″N 73°06′48″W / 41.36194°N 73.11333°W / 41.36194; -73.11333 (WRXC)
WGSK 90.1 FM South Kent Connecticut 61119 A 77 39 m (128 ft) 41°40′54″N 73°29′13″W / 41.68167°N 73.48694°W / 41.68167; -73.48694 (WGSK)


Several translators are authorized to rebroadcast these stations, including five in the state of New York.

Call sign Frequency
City of license State FCC info Rebroadcasts
W220AC 91.9 FM Fairfield Connecticut FCC WMNR
W220CF 91.9 FM Huntington Connecticut FCC WRXC
W220CE 91.9 FM Middlefield Connecticut FCC WGRS
W252AS 98.3 FM New Haven Connecticut FCC WGRS
W233AG 94.5 FM New London Connecticut FCC WGRS
W233AJ 94.5 FM Old Saybrook Connecticut FCC WGRS
W287AZ 105.3 FM Southport Connecticut FCC WGRS
W218AV 91.5 FM Warren Connecticut FCC WMNR
W220CH 91.9 FM West Hartford Connecticut FCC WGRS
W262AS 100.3 FM Bridgehampton[note 1] New York FCC WMNR
W289AX 105.7 FM East Hampton[note 1] New York FCC WGRS
W209CJ 89.7 FM Mount Kisco[note 2] New York FCC WMNR
W233AI 94.5 FM Sag Harbor[note 1] New York FCC WGRS
W264AJ 100.7 FM Southampton[note 1] New York FCC WGRS


  1. ^ a b "Alternative radio still has a place on the dial". New Haven Register. June 16, 2002. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "WMNR's 30th History". WMNR website. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "WRXC Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "WGSK Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "WGRS Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Consummation". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. March 31, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2013.

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