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City of license Shadyside, Ohio
Broadcast area Wheeling, West Virginia / Steubenville, Ohio
Branding 95.7 Kiss FM
Slogan "All of Today's Best Music"
Frequency 95.7 MHz
Format CHR
ERP 6,800 watts
HAAT 191.0 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 50150
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning West Virginia Kiss Fm
Former callsigns WBJY (1988-1990)
WEEL (1990-2004)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX)
Sister stations WBBD, WEGW, WKWK-FM, WOVK, WWVA
Webcast WVKF Webstream
Website WVKF Online

WVKF (95.7 FM, "95.7 Kiss FM") is a radio station broadcasting a contemporary hit radio format. Licensed to Shadyside, Ohio, USA, the station serves the Wheeling, West Virginia, area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[1]


  • History 1
  • Ratings 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


WVKF began its life on 105.5 as "The Zone" in 2000 under the calls of WZNW, with a similar format but without the hip-hop music that had become dominate once the banner was changed to "Kiss-Fm". Once Clear Channel took over the station, its format shifted to play, in addition to the current format, the R&B and hip-hop tracks. This, along with its main competitor in the market at the time, 100.5 WOMP-FM (now WYJK under the Jack-FM format), being reluctant to play the Top 40 hits that Kiss was willing to play (due to WOMP's demographic being slightly older than WVKF's was), KISS developed the moniker "All of today's best music, not just some of it", which it still uses today.

Once WVKF eclipsed WOMP in the ratings, some of the image promotions that ran on the station began to get more cocky about its position, at times running promos wanting for their listeners to call WOMP's phone number and tell them that their ratings were dropping. This tactic only lasted about a month, but despite that, WVKF's ratings surge continued. It was also during this time that Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, which was on WOMP before, switched to WVKF.

Once WOMP-FM folded and changed formats and call letters, WVKF became the only Top 40 station in the market. However, about three months after the victory, the station's frequency was changed suddenly to 95.7 (the former frequency of WEEL-FM), while oldies radio format WUKL took over the 105.5 frequency.


Currently (as of the Arbitron Spring 2007 survey), WVKF-FM is in fifth place in the Wheeling market.[2] WVKF's ratings, however, have dropped dramatically due to the format allowing for little variety between songs, a common complaint against Top 40 stations. It also suffers due to Wheeling being a country-dominated market, with country station WOVK (also owned by Clear Channel) getting a massive amount of listeners every survey.


  1. ^ "WVKF Facility Record". United States  
  2. ^ - Arbitron Ratings

External links

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