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WZCY-FM

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WZCY-FM
WZCY.png
City Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding Nash 93.5 FM
Slogan Your Neighborhood Country
Frequency 93.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) See § Translators
First air date November 1, 1978 (1978-11-01)[1]
Format Country
HD2: Sports (WHGB simulcast)
Language(s) English
ERP 1,250 watts
HAAT 219 meters (719 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 54021
Transmitter coordinates 40°10′38.0″N 76°52′38.0″W / 40.177222°N 76.877222°W / 40.177222; -76.877222Coordinates: 40°10′38.0″N 76°52′38.0″W / 40.177222°N 76.877222°W / 40.177222; -76.877222 (NAD27)
Callsign meaning W Z CountrY (former "Z Country" branding of WWKL)
Former callsigns WQVE (1978-1983)
WKCD-FM (1983-1985)
WTPA-FM (1985-1986)
WTPA (1986-2011)
WWKL (2011-2018)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WHGB, WWKL, WNNK-FM, WQXA-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.935nashfm.com
www.sportsradio965.com (HD2)

WZCY-FM (93.5 FM, "Nash 93.5 FM") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts a gold-based country music format, utilizing Cumulus' Nash FM branding. Its broadcast tower is located on Reesers Summit in Fairview Township, York County at (40°10′38.0″N 76°52′37.0″W / 40.177222°N 76.876944°W / 40.177222; -76.876944).[2]

WZCY-FM broadcasts using HD Radio and simulcasts the sports radio programming of sister station WHGB on its HD2 subchannel.

History[edit]

The Federal Communications Commission granted West Shore Broadcasting a construction permit for the station on October 5, 1977.[3] The station was assigned the WQVE call sign by the FCC on December 5, 1977,[3] and signed on for the first time on November 1, 1978.[1] Studios were originally located in Mechanicsburg, with the transmitter located north of Dillsburg near Williams Grove.[3]

The branding was changed to Magic 93 in 1982, followed by a call sign change to WKCD.[4]

In 1985, FM104 WTPA changed call signs to WNNK and its branding to Wink 104, at that time, Jim O'Leary was an owner of WKCD, and his wife, Carol, was the General Manager at FM104. The two organized a transfer of the WTPA call sign and the station's rock music format to 93.5.[5] In 1987, WTPA relocated its transmitter to a location closer to Harrisburg, along with an increase in effective radiated power from 535 to 830 watts.[6]

By the late 1990s, AMFM, Inc. owned WTPA. AMFM was purchased by Clear Channel Communications in a deal announced on October 3, 1999, and valued at $17.4 billion.[7] As a condition of the Clear Channel-AMFM merger, the United States Department of Justice forced the new company to sell 99 radio stations in 27 markets in United States. WTPA was one, as well as Harrisburg-area stations WNNK-FM, WTCY and WNCE-FM. All went to Cumulus Media.[8]

In 2011, the United States Department of Justice approved the purchase of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus, provided that Cumulus divest itself of three stations,[9] two of which were WWKL and WCAT-FM as well as the "intellectual property" of WTPA.[10] Cumulus chose to swap the WTPA and WWKL licenses, effectively moving WTPA and its classic rock format to 92.1 and WWKL and its contemporary hit radio format to 93.5. Following the swap, the station changed its branding to Hot 93.5.[11][12]

On March 15, 2018, WWKL flipped to country music as part of a format swap with Nash FM-branded WZCY-FM (which concurrently took on WZCY-FM's CHR format and Hot branding). The move reduces signal overlap with Cumulus co-owned country station WIOV-FM (which targets the Lancaster, York and Reading radio markets), and gives the CHR format wider coverage in South Central Pennsylvania. Alongside the swap, the Nash FM format from WZCY-FM segued from a hot country format, to one focusing more on country songs and performers from the 1990s and 2000s,[13] the two stations have since swapped call signs.

HD radio[edit]

Cumulus Broadcasting began adding HD Radio equipment to some of its stations in 2005. One of the first ten stations to receive the new technology was WTPA, now WWKL.[14]

Translators[edit]

WZCY-HD2 programming is simulcast on the following translator:[15]

Broadcast translators of WZCY-HD2
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W243BR 96.5 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 144131 200 221 m (725 ft) D FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-380. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "FM Query Results for WZCY-FM, Federal Communications Commission". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "History Cards for WZCY-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  4. ^ Portzline, Timothy (2011). Harrisburg Broadcasting. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. p. 87. ISBN 9780738575070. 
  5. ^ Portzline, Timothy (2011). Harrisburg Broadcasting. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. p. 99. ISBN 9780738575070. 
  6. ^ "FCC FM Broadcast Station Construction Permit" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Clear Channel gets AMFM". CNNMoney. 1999-10-04. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Clear Channel-AMFM Merger Gets Approval". Los Angeles Times. Washington. 2000-08-30. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  9. ^ "Cumulus gets antitrust OK to buy Citadel". Reuters. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (2011-09-15). "DOJ Approves Cumulus/Citadel Merger Pending Additional Spinoffs". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  11. ^ "Radio dial rotates 93.5 WTPA, HOT 92.1 and other area stations are undergoing changes". Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (2011-09-12). "NY, PA Flooded; WEEI Moves to FM". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Cumulus Completes Harrisburg Format Swap; Revamps Nash Lineup". RadioInsight. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  14. ^ Harnett, Mary Beth (2006-04-24). "Harris Corporation Announces Multi-Deal Agreement as Exclusive HD Radio(TM) Supplier to Cumulus Broadcasting". EE Times. UBM Canon. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Station Search Details". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 

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