A variety of musical and theatrical organizations are active in Rhode Island. Among them are the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island, the State Ballet of Rhode Island, and the Chorus of Westerly. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra performs throughout the state, and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra presents annual productions. There are many other active musical groups in the state. The Trinity Repertory Company is the principal theater organization, while The Players is one of numerous amateur theater groups.
The first newspaper published in Rhode Island was the Rhode Island Gazette, established in 1732 in Newport by James Franklin, a brother of Benjamin Franklin. James Franklin, Jr., founded the famous Newport Mercury in 1758. The oldest daily newspaper in the state is the Providence Journal, which was established in 1829. In 2002 there were 7 daily newspapers in the state. The leading dailies were the Providence Journal, the Pawtucket Times, and the Woonsocket Call.
In 2002 Rhode Island had 9 AM and 20 FM radio stations and 3 television stations. The state’s first radio station, WEAN, in Providence, began broadcasting in 1922, and its first television station, WJAR-TV, also in Providence, began operation in 1949. "Rhode Island" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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