WEEY

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WEEY
WEEY logo.png
City of license Swanzey, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Keene, New Hampshire
Branding 93.5 WEEI
Frequency 93.5 MHz
First air date January 1, 1972 (license)
October 5, 2008 (in Swanzey)
Format Sports radio
ERP 2,000 watts
HAAT 175 meters
Class A
Facility ID 4910
Transmitter coordinates 42°54′53″N 72°19′52″W / 42.91472°N 72.33111°W / 42.91472; -72.33111
Callsign meaning Similar to WEEI
Former callsigns WCFR-FM, WMKS, WXKK, WTSM[1]
Affiliations WEEI Sports Radio Network
Fox Sports Radio
Owner Great Eastern Radio, LLC
Sister stations WKKN
Website WEEY webpage within WEEI

WEEY (93.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Swanzey, New Hampshire. The station is owned by Great Eastern Radio, LLC and serves as the Keene affiliate for WEEI-FM.

History[edit]

The WEEY license was originally allocated to Springfield, Vermont, where it signed on January 1, 1972[2] as WCFR-FM, the FM sister station to WCFR (1480). It initially had an easy listening format,[3] changing to an adult contemporary format in 1976.[4] The station took the call letters WMKS in 1987, but in 1992 reverted to WCFR-FM.[1] After the station was sold to Bob and Shirley Wolf in 1998,[5] the station ceased its independent programming in favor of simulcasting sister station WMXR (93.9).[6] As a simulcast of WMXR, formats included oldies,[6] adult contemporary,[7] and country.[7]

Clear Channel Communications bought WCFR and WMXR in 2001,[8] and merged the stations' country format (branded as "Bob Country") with that of its own WXXK (100.5), branded "Kixx".[9] That October, the station would change its call letters to WXKK to reflect the station's new simulcast partner.[10]

By September 2004, WXKK had reverted to AC in a simulcast with WGXL (92.3); in that month, the station converted to a simulcast of WTSL (1400)'s news/talk programming[11] as WTSM.[1] Clear Channel sold its stations in the Lebanon, New Hampshire market to Great Eastern Radio in January 2007,[12] and two months later reverted WTSM to the WXXK simulcast.[13] By the time of the consummation of the sale to Great Eastern Radio, WTSM had gone silent.[14]

On June 8, 2007, WTSM was granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Swanzey, New Hampshire. This allowed the station to better serve the Keene, New Hampshire, market.[15] As a result, when WTSM's attempt to return on January 25, 2008 was canceled by an interference complaint, the station permanently shut down the transmitting facility in Springfield, as the interference concerns would be alleviated by the relocation of the station.[14] When WTSM completed its move on October 5, 2008 (though it was initially announced for September 15), the station resumed operations with sports talk provided by Boston's WEEI, under the call letters WEEY.[16] In February 2012, WEEY replaced their nighttime simulcast of FOX Sports Radio with a simulcast of ESPN Radio, making WEEY and WZBK as the 2 Keene radio stations airing ESPN Radio programming. FOX Sports Radio returned to WEEY after less than one week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-306. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 (PDF). 1973. p. B-205. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. C-217. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 30, 1998). "WNEQ, R.I.P?". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (June 4, 1998). "Tornado Topples WIVT". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (April 7, 2000). ""Quick," What's On 93.5/93.9?". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 15, 2001). "Citadel, WROL, and WKOX -- Sold!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 4, 2001). "Take Me Out to the Ban Game". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 29, 2001). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 27, 2004). "Rhode Islanders Fight WRNI Sale". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 22, 2007). "Shapiro's Back in the Upper Valley". North East Radio Watch. 
  13. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 26, 2007). "Rhode Island Public Radio Gets Local". North East Radio Watch. 
  14. ^ a b "Request for Special Temporary Authority" (PDF). Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA. Federal Communications Commission. April 8, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2008. 
  15. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 29, 2007). "FCC Window Brings Big Changes". North East Radio Watch. 
  16. ^ "WEEI Sports Radio Network Expands to Portland, Bangor & Keene" (PDF) (Press release). Entercom Communications. August 20, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2008. 

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