88.5 Erie

WMCE-FM Erie Sold To LECOM; To Restore Staffed Oldies Format

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has agreed to purchase Oldies 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie PA from Mercyhurst University and will begin operating the station via Public Service Operating Agreement on Thursday, March 1. As part of the deal, the station will bring back on-air hosts Captain Dan Geary and Commander Bill Hale while adding Terri Bowen and retaining the few remaining professional jocks at the station. WMCE will also air health features and programs to promote its new owner. Mercyhurst had announced plans in January 2017 to transfer the Oldies format and staff to Erie Radio Company who would have placed it on its to-be-built commercial 100.9 allocation in Westfield NY. However the application was dismissed after Erie Radio Company failed to make its down payment to the FCC in time....[Read More]

Erie Non-Comm Classic Hits Station To Move To Commercial Operation

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]

Oldies Go Non-Comm In Erie

Oldies has returned to FM dial in Erie in an unexpected place. Mercyhurst University’s 1530 WYNE North East, PA has begun simulcasting on 88.5 WMCE-FM Erie displacing the Jazz format that had been in place since 2009. The AM will assume the WMCE calls as well. The move brings Oldies back to FM in Erie for the first time since “Froggy 94.7” WFGO flipped to Variety Hits “94.7 Bob-FM” WXBB in 2007. The displaced Jazz programming will continue to be made available online. The weekend morning Spanish and Polka programming are unaffected by the format change.