WFEA

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WFEA
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Broadcast area Manchester, New Hampshire
Branding 1370 AM WFEA
Slogan "Unforgettable Hits"
Frequency 1370 kHz
First air date March 1, 1932
Format Adult Standards
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Owner Saga Communications
Sister stations WZID, WMLL
Website www.wfea1370.com

WFEA (1370 AM) is a radio station in Manchester, New Hampshire.

History[edit]

WFEA has been broadcasting continuously since 9:00 a.m. on March 1, 1932, making it New Hampshire's oldest radio station. It has always had the same call letters. During its long life, WFEA has had 10 owners. Saga Communications of New England LLC has operated WFEA since April, 1991. Saga also operates 95.7 WZID FM and 96.5 WMLL FM, licensed to Manchester and Bedford, respectively.[1] Over the years, WFEA had a diversified format evolving into Top 40 in the early 1960s. The format evolved into more of a Hot AC format by the mid-1980s and a straight Adult Contemporary format by 1989. In 1990, the adult contemporary format was dropped in favor of a satellite delivered Adult Standards format.

Programming[edit]

WFEA employed an Adult Standards music format from 1990 until sometime in 2002. This included such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Peggy Lee, Barry Manilow, Nat "King" Cole, Dean Martin, Kenny Rogers, Connie Francis, The Lettermen, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Jack Jones, Barbra Streisand, and others. The station played an occasional big band song as well. In 2002, the format focused less on adult standards artists and more on baby boomer pop artists. While the station still plays all the artists mentioned in this paragraph, some more softer songs by oldies type artists, Motown singers, and 70's soft rock artists are being played as much as the standards artists. Today, the station, though it is still referred to as "Adult Standards" by distributor Dial Global (the on-air tag line is "America's Best Music"), sometimes sounds like many soft AC stations from the 1980s.

WFEA broadcast the Manchester Wolves arena football league games before the team folded at the end of the 2009 season, and the University of New Hampshire Sports Network covering football, volleyball, hockey, basketball, etc.

The studios for WFEA are at 500 N. Commercial St. in Manchester, NH and the WFEA transmitter site is located in Merrimack, NH at the original location. WFEA operates with a directional pattern both day and night. One of the towers in the array is the famous diamond shaped "Blaw-Knox" a smaller version of another famous Blaw Knox tower, that of WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Coordinates: 42°54′26″N 71°27′45″W / 42.90722°N 71.46250°W / 42.90722; -71.46250