WIOV-FM

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WIOV-FM
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CityEphrata, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaLancaster-Reading-York-South Central Pennsylvania
BrandingThe Big I 105
Slogan"Pennsylvania's Country Leader"
Frequency105.1 MHz
First air dateNovember 9, 1962
FormatCountry
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT214 meters (702 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID55308
Transmitter coordinates40°10′30.00″N 76°09′31.00″W / 40.1750000°N 76.1586111°W / 40.1750000; -76.1586111 (NAD27)
Callsign meaningW IOV: Western and Roman numerals for "105"
AffiliationsWestwood One Network
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsWARM-FM, WGLD, WIOV (AM), WQXA, WSBA, WSOX
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.wiov.com

WIOV-FM (105.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Ephrata and serving South Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, Reading and York. The station is owned by Radio License Holding CBC LLC, a part of Cumulus Media, and broadcasts a country music radio format. The station's studios and offices are located on South Reading Road, along PA 272, at Rothsville Road in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. WIOV-FM has local DJs in the daytime with syndicated shows at night from Whitney Allen (evenings) and Blair Garner (overnight).

WIOV-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 25,000 watts. The transmitter is located off Tower Road in Ephrata. (40°10′30.2″N 76°9′29.5″W / 40.175056°N 76.158194°W / 40.175056; -76.158194).[1]

History[edit]

On November 9, 1962, the station signed on as WGSA-FM.[2] It was the FM counterpart to AM 1360 WGSA (now off the air). WGSA-AM-FM were owned by Garden Spot Broadcasters with the two stations simulcasting part of their day. At the time, WGSA-FM was only powered at 1,600 watts, a fraction of its current output.

By 1970, the FM station was running an automated country music format, with the new call sign WIOV, using a mix of western and Roman numerals to represent the dial position at 105 FM. The power was boosted to 10,000 watts. Over time, disc jockeys were added and the automation was scaled back. By 1980, the station was operating at 50,000 watts.

In 1984, the FM station was acquired by Brill Media.[3] Brill moved the studios to 44 Bethany Road. Around 2000, WIOV-FM moved to a taller tower but also had to cut its power to 25,000 watts. In 2004, Citadel Broadcasting acquired WIOV-FM.[4] Citadel was later combined into Cumulus Media, the current owner.

Longtime morning host Jerry Murphy was found dead in his home on February 14, 2018, when he failed to show up for work.[5] Murphy (born Gerald Gebhard) had been the wake up voice on WIOV-FM since 1999. He was 61. Casey Allen, his co-host, is now paired with Program Director Rich Creeger for morning drive time.

On March 2, 2018, Cumulus Media announced that another Cumulus country station in Harrisburg, 106.7 WZCY-FM, would trade places with Top 40/CHR sister station 93.5 WWKL, effective March 15. WIOV and WZCY had signals that overlapped in much of South Central Pennsylvania. The move to the lower-powered 93.5 frequency would allow WZCY to continue focusing on covering the Harrisburg market.[6] But it would give WWKL, now at 106.7, a Class B signal covering a larger footprint, into Lancaster, York and Lebanon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FM Query Results for WIOV-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1964 page B-131
  3. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000 page D-378
  4. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-462
  5. ^ EphrataReview.com "Gerald Murphy 61 Long Time WIOV Morning Show Co-Host" February 28, 2018
  6. ^ “Cumulus Sets Harrisburg Format Swap” from Radio Insight (March 2, 2018)

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