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City of license Paris, Illinois
Broadcast area Champaign, Terre Haute
Branding 98.5 WBOW
Slogan The Wabash Valley's Best Variety
Frequency 98.5 MHz
First air date 1952 (as WPRS-FM at 98.3)
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 7.4 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 152 meters
Class B
Facility ID 51153
Transmitter coordinates 39°36′21.00″N 87°43′35.00″W / 39.6058333°N 87.7263889°W / 39.6058333; -87.7263889
Former callsigns WPRS-FM (1952-1974)
WACF (1974-2006)
WINH (2006-2009)
WIBQ (2009-2014)
Former frequencies 98.3 MHz (1952-1974)
Owner Midwest Communications, Inc.
Sister stations WDKE, WDWQ, WIBQ, WMGI, WPRS
Website 985wbow.com

WBOW (98.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult contemporary format. Licensed to Paris, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Champaign, Illinois, and Terre Haute, Indiana, area. The station is owned by Midwest Communications, Inc.[2]

History of call letters[edit]

The call letters WBOW-FM were previously assigned to a Terre Haute station that broadcast on 101.1 MHz. It began broadcasting in late 1947, featuring classical music.[3]


  1. ^ "Terre Haute Market Ratings". Radio & Records. 
  2. ^ "WBOW Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "Indiana Outlet Adds FM". Radio Daily. January 2, 1948. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 

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