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WRBT
City of license Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding Bob 94.9
Slogan "Harrisburg's Country"
Frequency 94.9 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
94.9 HD-2 for "Amy" (adult album alternative)
First air date September 30, 1962
Format Country
ERP 25,000 Watts Horizontal,
24,500 watts Vertical
HAAT 201 meters
Class B
Facility ID 54019
Transmitter coordinates

40°18′57.96″N 76°56′59.8914″W / 40.3161000°N 76.949969833°W / 40.3161000; -76.949969833

Callsign meaning W R o B er T (proper name for Bob)
Former callsigns WMSP (1962-1988)
WHKS (1988)
WWKL (1988-1995)
WYMJ (1995-1997)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WRVV, WHKF, WHP, WTKT, WKBO
Website bob949.com

WRBT (94.9 MHz Bob 94.9) is a country music radio station broadcasting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications and broadcasts with a power of 25 kilowatts from a transmitter site in Enola, Pennsylvania.

History

The station signed on the air on September 30, 1962, then owned by the Market Square Presbyterian Church, hence the original call letters WMSP. It was run as a volunteer radio station, parishioners volunteered to do air shifts, broadcasting a Classical Music format. The station was sold in 1988 to Barnstable Broadcasting, who changed the format to a bland Adult Contemporary first, then an Oldies format, KOOL 94.9. In 1995, Barnstable switched formats and call letters with its 99.3 signal, turning the 94.9 signal into WYMJ Magic 94.9. The generic mix format never did well and Barnstable put all of its Harrisburg market stations for sale in late 1996.

In 1997, the sale was consummated with Dame Media the call letters were changed to WRBT and Dame launched the country format that is heard on the radio today.

Brad Chambers (from KPLX in Dallas) was hired as the program director. Bob 94.9 was well received in the community. Through hard work and many promotions, remote broadcasts and other local involvement, it took over the "top country spot" from (Cat Country 106.7). The original staff with the station was as follows:

  • Mornings: Todd Jeffers, Nancy Ryan, Allen Willis (Nancy & Buzz 1999-2001)
  • Mid-days: Shelly Easton (at Cat Country 96 in Allentown, Pa)
  • Afternoons: Brad Chambers, PD (now working in Los Angeles)
  • Evenings: Wes & Ang (Wes is John Beaston on the morning show on Wink 104, and Ang is currently the morning show co-host at the Beach 96.5 in Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Overnights: "After Midnite" With Blair Garner (show still on the station)

On-air personalities

  • Nancy Ryan
  • Newman
  • Troy Lee
  • Jeff Hurley
  • Michael Jay

References

  1. 1979 Broadcasting Year book, page C-186

External links

  • WRBT official website
  • History of the Market Square Presbyterian Church
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WRBT
  • Radio-Locator information on WRBT
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WRBT
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