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WFCI was one of the origional four radio stations in the pre-World War II Providence market along with WPRO, WEAN and WJAR 1. WFCI was an affiliate of the NBC Blue network which in 1943 became simply the Blue Network & finally changed to the American Broadcasting Company, or ABC, in 1945 2.

WFCI was owned by Frank Crook, Inc. a local car dealer 3 there is a reference to WFCI 1926 in Radio World (see below) and also a new frequency request and change. 6

Providence Journal August 21, 1926

Pawtucket Time August 21, 1926



Pawtucket Times
October 9, 1926



Pawtucket Times
October 13, 1926



Providence Journal
May 25, 1927



Providence Journal
June 16, 1927



Providence Journal August 27, 1927



Providence Journal September 11, 1927



Providence Journal October 7, 1927



Frank Crook was also a member of the United Motor Industries of Rhode Island and organzization of men engadged in the motor car, garage, tire and accessory industry 4. It is not known if he was a principal of the Pawtucket Broadcasting Company. If this WFCI is the same station, it was on 1330 kHz on or before June 30, 1927, with 50 watts then moving to 1240 kHz (not yet a Class IV frequency as it would become under NARBA) a year later. WFCI's first studio/office location was at 450 Main Street in Pawtucket.


Pawtucket Times January 18, 1928



Pawtucket Times
January 24, 1928



Pawtucket Times
January 24, 1928



Providence Journal January 25, 1928



Pawtucket Times
January 25, 1928



Providence Journal
September 5, 1928



Providence Journal
September 11 1928



Providence Journal
November 27, 1928



Providence Journal May 3, 1928


In 1928 WFCI is sold to Shartenberg's Department Store in Pawtucket. 7
Shartenberg's Department Store Photo courtesy of Lena Land

The original WFCI became WPAW which was merged into WPRO in May 1933. 1


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Pawtucket Times
November 22, 1928


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Pawtucket Times
November 27, 1928


WFCI was then restarted on March 29, 1941. W. Paul Oury was general manager, and George Sutherland was program director. 1

The station became a Mutual affiliate as of June 1, 1942 (prior to that it had served as WEAN's overflow station). WFCI moved to the Biltmore Hotel in Providence in 1949 and took WEAN's ABC affiliation. WFCI was relicensed to Providence in 1950. 1

In 1949 WFCI moved its principal studios to the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, taking over the ABC affiliation from WEAN in the process; it would become a Providence-licensed station the next year 5.

WFCI was sold to the Providence Journal-Bulletin in 1952 which changed the callsign to WPJB, matching their radio station on 105.1 MHz (now WWLI). When the Journal-Bulletin bought WEAN in 1954, it surrendered WPJB's license back to the FCC. 1




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New England Wireless and Steam Museum
In service for 10 years, 1941 to 1951

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WFCI 1929 Providence Directory

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Radio World
December 18th, 1926

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WFCI Matchbook


Pawtucket Times
July 27, 1937

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January 26, 1938

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June 20, 1938

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March 11, 1938

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March 12, 1938

Pawtucket Times
July 6, 1939

Pawtucket Times
June 27, 1940

Pawtucket Times
October 29, 1940

Pawtucket Times
December 9, 1940

Pawtucket Times
April 25, 1941

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The September 26, 1941
Pawtucket Times May 9, 1944

Pawtucket Times
June 28, 1944

Pawtucket Times
January 16, 1945

The Jewish Herald
January 26, 1945

The Jewish Herald
January 26, 1945
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Pawtucket Times
March 16, 1949


1 Wikipedia

2 Blue Network

3 Broadcasting in Providence since World War II

4 The Automobile Journal, 1915

5 Broadcasting in Providence since World War II

6 Providence Journal, August 21, 1926

7 Providence Journal November 23, 1928