WFWO

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WFWO
City of license Medina, New York
Frequency 89.7 MHz
(Channel 209)
Format Defunct (formerly Black Gospel)
Language(s) English
ERP 400 watts
HAAT 40 meters
Class A
Facility ID 172262
Transmitter coordinates 43°14′33″N 78°18′27″W / 43.24250°N 78.30750°W / 43.24250; -78.30750
Callsign meaning Fellowship WOrld
Owner FELLOWSHIPWORLD, INC.
Website WFWO's website

WFWO (89.7 FM) was a radio station located in Medina, New York and broadcasting at a frequency of 89.7 MHz (Channel 209) with 400 watts of effective radiated power from an antenna 40 meters height above average terrain. The station was owned by FellowshipWorld and was the flagship station of the Totally Gospel Radio Network.

Totally Gospel began as a 4 hour brokered black gospel radio program on October 13, 1991 hosted and produced by John H. Young, Sr. The program originally aired on WHLD 1270 under the ownership of Butler Communications. The program which consisted of Black Gospel Music and local ministries expanded to a daily format in 1992 and added an afternoon drivetime spin-off called "Drivetime Gospel". In 1996, the programming expanded and eventually moved all of its programming to AM daytimer WHTT 1120 (now WBBF) in September 1996. As the format continually gained popularity, John Young brokered the entire radio station to create Western New York's first and only full-time Black Gospel radio station dubbed "Heaven 1120"

In 1996, The Morning Worship Club, a fast paced morning drive program was produced. The show quickly gained popularity and became the #1 Gospel Morning show in the area. The show featured various co-hosts over its 16 year history. The show has also featured numerous interviews with local and national recording artists, prominent ministers, and political figures including Bishop TD Jakes of the Potters House-Dallas, Texas; Tyler Perry; David & Tamela Mann; Al Green; Shirley Caesar; Bishop Hezikiah Walker and many more.

In 1999, Totally Gospel began streaming on the internet at www.totallygospel.com and began providing syndicated programming.

"Totally Gospel" has been aired on many stations across the United States including WXRL (Lancaster, N.Y.), WKIQ/1240 (Eustis-Leesburg, Fl.), KPBQ-FM (Pine Bluff, Ar.), KZTG (Minneapolis), as well as internationally on Dominion SkyAngel (Dish Network) and Time Warner Cable.

In December 2006, "Totally Gospel" moved its local flagship station from WBBF to WHLD/1270 creating the first and only 24 hour Black Gospel format in the market. The lease-management agreement with Citadel Broadcasting was ended in August 2010 to pursue the construction of WFWO/89.7 Medina, N.Y..

The studios of "Totally Gospel" were located in the old WKBW-TV studios, which was the church headquarters of Clinton Churchill founder of WKBW/1520, also a pioneer Christian broadcaster.[1]

On February 12, 2013, WFWO went silent.[2] It applied for an extension of its special temporary authority to remain silent on November 1, 2013. The station had been rebuked by the FCC for attempting to broadcast from a tower in Buffalo instead of their city of license (Medina) without FCC permission. On August 26, 2014, the FCC cancelled WFWO's license.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forgotten Buffalo KB Radio: From Churchill to Chart Toppers-Buffalo's Greatest Radio Station. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  2. ^ WFWO station details from fcc.gov
  • Totally Gospel Celebrates First Five Days on the Twin Cities’ Air [1]

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Coordinates: 43°13′23″N 78°17′20″W / 43.223°N 78.289°W / 43.223; -78.289