WHVR Flips To Classic Hits With New Translator

Forever Media has flipped Classic Country “Real Country 1280” WHVR Hanover PA to Classic Hits. The new format comes with the launch of 95.3 W237EN Hanover. The station will continue to carry “Better Living” from 10-11am and its hour long “Yard Sale” from 11am to 12pm. WHVR also carries Baltimore Orioles baseball.

WYCR To Rebrand As Rocky 98.5

Forever Media will complete the rebranding of its recent York PA acquisitions on Monday, April 25 as Classic Rock “98.5 The Peak” WYCR York-Hanover PA as “Rocky 98.5“. WYCR has been running promos all weekend promoting the new brand, which will join Forever’s other Rock stations in Altoona, Johnstown and Cumberland MD utilizing the “Rocky” name. Forever purchased WYCR and sister 1280 WHVR Hanover in December 2015 for $2.6 million. It had acquired Country 107.7 WGTY Gettysburg/York and “ESPN 1320” WGET Gettysburg in September and brought WGTY over to its “Froggy” Country brand in January. With the pending relaunch of WYCR, longtime host Davy Crockett has moved over to WGTY with the amphibian sounding Davy Croakett name.

Forever’s WGTY Is Feeling Froggy

As expected when Forever Media purchased “Great Country 107.7” WGTY Gettysburg/York PA late last year, the station has rebranded as “Froggy 107.7“. Unlike most of the other stations to use the “Froggy” moniker particularly those owned by Forever, the existing WGTY airstaff will not change their names to amphibian puns. With the exception of recently acquired 105.3 WFRB Frostburg MD, all of Forever’s Country stations utilize the “Froggy” brand name.

Forever Acquires WYCR/WHVR York

Forever Media continues its expansion southward and eastward in Pennsylvania with the acquisition of Classic Hits “98.5 The Peak” WYCR York-Hanover and Classic Country “Real Country 1280” WHVR Hanover from Radio Hanover. Forever will pay $2.6 million for the pair and enter into a $400,000 contract for a non-compete and consulting. All of the employees of the stations will be terminated upon closing of the deal, but are to be offered at-will employment wit Forever. WHVR and WYCR will create a cluster with Forever’s recently acquired “Great Country 107.7” WGTY and Sports “ESPN 1320” WGET Gettysburg. The pending acquisition of WYCR/WHVR was first reported last week by Northeast Radio Watch.

Forever Acquires WGTY/WGET Gettysburg

Kerby Confer and Donald Alt’s Forever Media has announced that its has agreed to acquired Country 107.7 WGTY and Sports “ESPN 1320” WGET Gettysburg, PA from Times & News Publishing Company for $4.25 million. WGTY serves the York, PA market while rimshotting into the Harrisburg and Lancaster, PA and Frederick, MD markets. The seller will retain their Gettysburg Times newspaper. The sale was brokered by Michael J. Bergner of Bergner & Co. This is the second acquisition by Forever in recent weeks following their purchase of Dix Communications’ Cumberland, MD cluster last month.

Minor League Baseball Team Acquires Station

There’s no player to be named later involved as the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League has agreed to purchase 1350 WOYK York, PA from Doug George’s WOYK Inc. WOYK, which currently runs programming from NBC Sports Radio, serves as the play-by-play home of the Revolution for the past four years. Darrell Henry, the team’s play-by-play voice will take on the role of station GM once the purchase is completed. York Professional Baseball Club LLC, owner and operator of the York Revolution, announced today that it has agreed to purchase WOYK AM 1350 from WOYK, Inc., the radio station’s current licensee. The station is York’s oldest radio station, founded in 1932, and operates with a sports talk format. The station carries all 140 York Revolution games, York Colleg...[Read More]

Wink 103 York Returns To Its Warm Roots

Update 12/26: As expected WARM-FM has returned to its heritage AC format with the “Warm 103.3” branding with the conclusion of its Christmas music programming. The station is currently running jockless. Original Report 11/23: Cumulus Adult CHR “Wink 103” WARM-FM York PA has shifted to Christmas music and returned to its prior “Warm 103.3” branding. The station had used the “Warm” branding September 2011 when the station shifted from AC to Adult CHR and took on the “Wink” moniker used at sister 104.1 WNNK Harrisburg.

Cumulus Begins CBS Sports Radio Transitions

As CBS Sports Radio prepares to debut on January 2, Cumulus has begun the process of rebranding some of their stations away from the ESPN or Fox Sports monikers the stations had been using. Among the stations rebranding so-far: “ESPN 970” KESP Modesto, CA to “Sportsradio 970” “940 ESPN Radio” WINE Brookfield, CT/WPUT Brewster, NY to “Sportsradio 940/1510” “ESPN 95.9” WSJZ Sebastian/Melbourne, FL to “Sportsradio 95.9” “ESPN 102.1” WZAT Savannah, GA to “Sportsradio 102.1” “ESPN Radio 1490” KTOP Topeka, KS to “Sportsradio 1490” “Supertalk 1340” KRMD Shreveport/100.7 K264AS Mooringsport, LA to “Sportstalk 100.7” “ESPN 96.7” WLLF Mercer, PA/...[Read More]