WILK-FM

Infobox Radio Station
name = WILK-FM


city = Avoca, Pennsylvania
area = Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton
branding = "WILK Newsradio"
slogan =
airdate =
frequency = 103.1 MHz (FM)
HD Radio
103.1 HD-1 (WILK News Radio)
103.1 HD-2 (Smooth Jazz)
format = News Radio
erp = 6,000 Watts
class = A
former_callsigns = WFEZ, WAMT, WBZH, WWFH, WILP-FM, WACM, WQEQ
sister_stations = WILK-AM, WKZN, WBZU
owner = Entercom Communications
licensee = Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC
website = [http://www.wilknewsradio.com WILKNewsRadio.com] |

WILK-FM is a radio station licensed to Avoca, Pennsylvania operating at a frequency of 103.1 MHz serving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton radio market. The station serves as the premiere station in the regionally simulcast WILK News Radio Network, a network of four radio stations owned by Entercom carrying local news and talk programming for the region served by the stations. In 2007, WILK-FM started hybrid-digital IBOC broadcasting using the HD Radio system by Ibiquity. The main HD-1 audio channel carries the simulcast of the FM (analog) channel programming, and the HD-2 audio sub-channel carries Smooth Jazz music programming.

History

The radio station was originally licensed to Freeland, Pennsylvania and signed on with the call sign WQEQ, known as "QE 103", when it ran a syndicated Top 40/Soft Rock radio format with some local news. From the late 1980's and into the early 1990's, the station switched to an Oldies music radio format and was known as "Oldies 103"cite web|title=Part of Freeland Life Ends with Two Stations' Closure Radio Fans Reminisce As Big Changes Take Place In The Area's Entertainment Market|author = Brian Malina|accessyear = 1995|accessmonthday = September 24|publisher = The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=WB&s_site=timesleader&p_multi=WB&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB71B9FCF6DFDF1&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM] .The station during this time period started to be simulcast on its sister station WXPX at 1300 kHz on AM. The simulcast relationship between the two stations exists again today even though both WQEQ and WXPX went through a number of call sign changes, format changes, ownership changes, and the 103.1 MHz FM signal was moved to Avocacite web|title=Northeast Radio Watch - October 6, 2003 - Pennsylvania|author = Scott Fybush|accessmonthday = October 6|accessyear = 2003|url=http://www.fybush.com/nerw-031006.html#pa] . The stations, now known as WILK-FM and WKZN, both simulcast the WILK News Radio network.

References

External links

* [http://www.wilknewsradio.com WILK official website]
*FMQ|WILK
*FML|WILK
*FMARB|WILK
* [http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-service-area?x=FM988465.html WILK-FM Signal Coverage Map from the FCC Database]


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