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Wfnb

WFNB
City of license Brazil, Indiana
Broadcast area Terre Haute, Indiana
Branding B92.7
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 92.7 MHz
First air date 1972 (as WWCM-FM at 97.7)
Format Hot AC
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 91 meters
Class A
Facility ID 19670
Former callsigns WWCM-FM (1972-1979)
WBDJ (1979-1985)
WSDM-FM (1985-2012)
Former frequencies 97.7 MHz (1972-2005)
Owner Emmis Communications Corporation
(Emmis Radio License, LLC)
Sister stations WFNF
Webcast Listen Live
Website b927fm.com

WFNB is an FM radio station licensed to the city of Brazil, Indiana. The station operates on the FM radio frequency of 92.7 MHz, FM channel 224 [1]. The studios were located at 1301 Ohio Street in Terre Haute, Indiana. but were moved to 925 Wabash Avenue Suite 300. The building at 13th and Ohio was completely torn down in July, 2013.

Contents

  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Brazil, Indiana's first radio station went on the air in 1958 as WITE, with a 3-tower directional antenna. In 1972, the AM station reverted to a daytime-only station with one tower, and the call letters, WWCM. This coincided with the construction of FM station WWCM at 97.7 that same year.

The FM station originally operated with 3,000 watts at 97.7 FM on the FM dial when it signed on in 1972 as WWCM-FM, playing country music. The format changed to album rock in 1979 as WBDJ. However, both WBDJ and its AM sister (1130 WWCM, now WFNF) went silent in 1983 after their owners declared bankruptcy.

The stations were sold in 1985 to Mark Lange of Vincennes, IN, and returned to the air with new call letters and formats. 97.7 FM adopted the WSDM calls and an adult contemporary format, which was soon dropped to simulcast with the country format of its AM sister (by then known as WBZL; it became WSDM in 1990 and WSDX in 2000). The FM's power was doubled to 6,000 watts in 1989. WBZL and WSDM were sold in 1990 to Dan Lacy and Mike Petersen (under the name Equity One Media Partners), and on Halloween of that year, WSDM-FM switched format to oldies, utilizing ABC/SMN's Pure Gold satellite service.

The WSDM stations were destroyed by a deliberately set fire on November 22, 1996; the arsonist was immediately apprehended and later sentenced to 18 years in prison. Wisdom 98 was back on the air by the end of the month, although WSDM-AM remained off the air until the following April. 1998 brought more changes for WSDM-AM/FM, as Dan Lacy and Mike Petersen bought out their fellow shareholders in Equity One Media Partners, creating Crossroads Communications, Inc., and the stations' main offices were moved from Brazil to Terre Haute.

On Halloween of 2005, WSDM-FM moved from 97.7 to 92.7 FM on the FM dial (swapping frequencies with WCLS-FM in Spencer, which continues to broadcast oldies under the name "Classic Hits 97.7") and adopted a unique Country/Rock format as "Crock 92.7."

On October 4, 2010 WSDM-FM changed their format to ESPN Radio sports, simulcasting WSDX. On September 24, 2012 WSDM-FM split from its simulcast with WSDX and changed their format to adult hits, branded as "92.7 Bob FM" under new call letters WFNB.[1]

Effective December 31, 2012, Emmis Communications Corporation, through licensee Emmis Radio License, LLC, purchased WFNB and sister station WFNF from Crossroads for $335,000.

On April 17, 2014 WFNB changed their format to hot adult contemporary, branded as "B92.7".[2]

See also

Web Services Distributed Management

References

  1. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/70589/emmis-launches-bob-and-fan-in-terre-haute/
  2. ^ B92.7 Launches in Terre Haute

External links

  • Emmis Communications
  • Crossroads Communications
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WFNB
  • Radio-Locator information on WFNB
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WFNB

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