Connoisseur Media Rock “Rocket 101” WRKT North East/Erie PA has set the date for its move to 104.9. WRKT will become “Rocket 105” on Friday, October 20. The station first applied to move to 104.9 in 2011. After the first CP expired unbuilt the station reapplied for its move to the tower of sister CHR “Star 104” 103.7 WRTS with 4.5kW/160m. The move of WRKT to 104.9 was to make way for a new station on 100.9 licensed to Westfield NY, but the application by Rick Rambaldo’s ERIE Radio Company was dismissed in May after failing to make its down payment from FCC Auction 98 in time.
Mercyhurst University will transfer the format of Classic Hits 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie PA to Erie Radio Company to place on their new 100.9 CP when it launches. The transfer will be part of a multi-step multi-frequency move over the next 12-18 months. The first step will see Connoisseur Media Rock “Rocket 101” WRKT North East build out its CP to relocate to 104.9 with 4.5kW/160.5m from the tower utilized by WMCE-FM and 103.7 WRTS. Next Erie Radio Company will need to build its CP for their new allocation on 100.9 licensed to Westfield NY with 4.6kW/237m. After launching, the new 100.9 and WMCE-FM will simulcast for multiple weeks to transfer the audience to the new signal. The Erie Times-News reports that WMCE-FM intends to switch from the professionally run operation to student base...[Read More]