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City of license Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Frequency 600 (kHz)
ERP 1000 Watts (day)
46 Watts (night)
Class D2-Non Directional AM
Callsign meaning 'W'Fa RM & Home Broadcasting
Owner L-Com inc.

WFRM is a commercially licensed AM radio station, licensed to Coudersport, Pennsylvania, the seat of Potter County. WFRM has served listeners in Potter, Elk, Mckean & Cameron counties for 60 years at the federally assigned frequency of 600 kHz at a maximum power output of 1,000 watts day, 46 watts night. WFRM and its sister station, WHKS-FM, are owned by L-Com, Inc.

History: Beginnings in Smethport

Back in the summer of 1953, the Smethport Centennial Celebration was the first "special event" covered by WFRM, the new radio station in Coudersport just constructed by the Farm & Home Broadcasting Company. The station first went on the air in May of that year. Broadcast lines were installed and temporary broadcast facilities were put in place in Smethport to cover many of the Centennial activities. Pete and Bill, the stars of the Morning Show, were photographed in the derby hats that everyone in Smethport was wearing as part of the celebration. That photo is still on the wall at WFRM's current studio location at 9 South Main Street in downtown Coudersport.

When the McKean County Fair came along again, radio was a big part. Gert Curley, who was widely known as "Betty Bradford" brought her popular WESB interview show to the fairgrounds. WFRM also came to the Fair. A large tent along the midway was filled with country music entertainers from McKean, Potter and surrounding counties. Crowds loved it.

One of the early jocks in WFRM's tenure was afternoon host Danny Neaverth, who worked at the station between 1957 and 1959, becoming better known as the morning man at legendary Buffalo flamethrower 1520 WKBW.[1]

Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception from folks in Smethport, WFRM decided to put a local office and studio in Smethport. It was located on the second floor of the Auto Parts store on West Main Street. Bob and Lois Johnson became the nucleus of the staff in Smethport and an effort was made to expand the service to this part of the WFRM Coverage area. Russ Wells was the announcer, and Bob Morrison was the engineer. An hour each day was broadcast over the radio from this studio. These daily broadcasts continued for about three years. Meanwhile, the Johnsons had relocated to Kane, and joined the staff that was building the new radio station facility there.

WFRM was joined by its FM sister, WFRM-FM, on September 18, 1985. WFRM-FM in 2008 received approval by the FCC to be licensed to Portville NY and was sold to Colonial Radio Group, owners of WLMI shortly thereafter. WFRM-AM was sold to L-Com (Lent Communications, a company controlled by David Lent), owner of Port Allegany-based WHKS. Lent had worked from the time of his graduation from Coudersport area Jr. Sr. High School in 1973 up until former co-workers James (Jim) Linn and Theresa Blewett constructed WHKS-FM in Port Allegany, PA in July of 1990. Linn & Blewett sold L-Com Inc. (licensee of WHKS) to Lent in 1993.

WFRM, under Lent's ownership, offers music programming of "Adult Standards" with world & national news from ABC radio.

External links

  • Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook


  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WFRM
  • Radio-Locator information on WFRM
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WFRM

Coordinates: 41°46′19″N 78°01′16″W / 41.7720°N 78.0210°W / 41.7720; -78.0210

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