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]

The Lite Turns On In Erie

After stunting with Christmas music since its sign-on in late December, Connoisseur Media’s new Erie rimshot 95.9 WJRK Mina NY has flipped to AC “95.9 Lite-FM” WLTM. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s AC network. Original Report 11/27: Connoisseur Media has signed-on 95.9 WJRK Mina NY with commercial-free Christmas Music. Positioned as “Erie’s Only Commercial Free Christmas Station, The New 95-9”, WJRK becomes Connoisseur’s seventh station in Erie joining Country “93.9 The Wolf” WTWF, Variety Hits “94.7 Bob-FM” WXBB, CHR “Star 104” 103.7 WRTS, Rock “Rocket 105” 104.9 WRKT, Sports “Fox Sports 1330” WFNN, and News/Talk “Jet Radio 1400” WJET. As Northeast Radio Watch re...[Read More]

2017 Post-Christmas Format Change Rundown

Completed Changes Sarasota – iHeartMedia’s former “Sarasota News Radio” 1450 WSDV/103.9 W280EV Sarasota flipped to CHR “103.9 Kiss-FM“. (1/1) Oklahoma City – Cumulus Classic Hits “Fun 96.9” KQOB flips to Variety Hits “Alice 96.9“. (12/31) Buffalo – Hawk Communications Classic Hits 1330 WSPQ Springville signed-off. (12/31) Long Island – With 94.7 WLIX-LP signing off, 93.3 W227CL Coram began rebroadcasting “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview/93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. (12/31) Pittsburgh – Calvary Inc. News 1410 KQV went dark. (12/31) Roanoke – Mel Wheeler Inc. launched Classic Rock “97.3 The Rock Channel” W247AD Roanoke VA. (12/31) Webster MA – Just Because Inc. Country &#...[Read More]

Rocket 101 Erie Sets Frequency Change Date

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.

FCC Report 5/21: New Erie Allocation Dismissed

Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.

FCC Report 2/26: KABC Seeks Higher Night Power

Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles is applying to modify its facilities at its future tower sites as its current one is soon to be demolished.

Kwame Dankwa Joins Star 104 Erie As Program Director

Connoisseur Media CHR “Star 104” 103.7 WRTS Erie has appointed Kwame Dankwa as Program Director. Dankwa, who most recently was APD/Afternoon host as iHeartMedia’s “Power 93.3” KPWK Seattle until his position was eliminated at the end of 2016. He has also spent two tours as PD at Pamal CHR “Z97” WZRT Rutland VT and has worked on-air at “101.9 Radio Now” KWNW Memphis and “Amp Radio 103.3” WODS Boston. He succeeds Chris Ryan who exited in October to join Neuhoff Media’s “Y103” 102.9 WSOY-FM Decatur IL as PD. Connoisseur Media appoints Kwame Dankwa as Program Director for WRTS-FM (Star 104) Erie, PA, effective February 27. Dankwa, originally from Windsor, CT, was most recently heard on KPWK-FM (Power 933) Seatt...[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]

Station Sales Week Of 4/29

Station Sales Seven Mountains Media has purchased Farm & Home Broadcasting Company’s Hot AC simulcast “104.5/92.3 The Buzz” 104.5 WNBT-FM Wellsboro/92.3 WNBQ Mansfield PA and Standards 1490 WNBT/92.9 W225AT Wellsboro PA for $400,000. Toccoa Falls College sells its four stations and two translators to Radio Training Network for $2.1 million. The stations involved are Christian AC 90.9 WRAF Toccoa Falls GA and simulcasters 88.5 WEPC Belton SC, 92.1 W221AZ Liliburn GA, and 1480 WPFJ/100.9 W265AZ Franklin NC and Silent 89.7 WTXR Toccoa Falls GA. Family Life Ministries sells Erie rimshot 102.7 WCGM Wattsburg PA to Sam Jordan’s Williamsport Broadcasting for $840,000. WCGM will revert to commercial status and become a sister to Full Service Classic Hits 1370 WWCB Corr...[Read More]

WWCB Goes From Classic Hits To Country

Greater Corry Area Broadcasting has flipped Classic Hits 1370 WWCB Corry/Erie PA to Country as “Kickin’ Country 1370“. Owner/GM Sam Jordan will host mornings from 6-10am, with syndicated content from Country with Carsen, Fitz and Taste of Country Nights. Tuesday, March 1st had listeners in Northwest Pennsylvania KICKIN’ as WWCB 1370 AM in Corry / Erie; woke up to KICKIN’ COUNTRY 1370. For the previous three years, WWCB played Classic Hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Station Owner / General Manager Sam Jordan states that “he is excited for listeners in NW PA and SW NY states. It brings a fresh approach to an exciting genre of Country music.” The station plays Country hits from the 80’s, 90’s and Today. All of the musi...[Read More]

FCC Applications 4/21

Station Moves Two of iHeartMedia’s Chicago FM stations are swapping their primary and auxiliary antennas on the John Hancock Tower. Country “Big 95.5” WEBG Chicago will shift from 8.3kW at 358 meters to 5.3kW at 425 meters, while Urban AC “V103” 102.7 WVAZ Oak Park will move from 6kW at 357 meters to 3.8kW at 425 meters. Neither station will see any changes in their predicted coverage areas. Renard Communications Classic Hits “The Dinosaur” 103.9 WNDR-FM Mexico/Syracuse, NY held a CP to increase from a Class A to Class C3 that expired last year due to the tower site no longer being available. Now after procuring a new location, WNDR-FM has once again filed to make its upgrade and operate with 18.7kW at 114 meters (Coverage Map). Seven Mountains Med...[Read More]

Classic Hip-Hop Vibe Launches In Erie

Cumulus is continuing its rollout of Classic Hip-Hop as CHR “i104.3” W282BR/WXKC-HD2 is now “104.3 The Vibe“. There’s nowhere for W282BR to go but up as the station registered a 0.0 share in the Fall 2014 Nielsen Audio ratings as one of three CHR’s in the market. Erie currently has no Urban or Urban AC stations making this an interesting example for the Classic Hip-Hop format’s drawing power.

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