WGFT

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WGFT
W232ai wgft 93.7 youngstown logo.jpg
City of license Campbell, Ohio
Broadcast area Youngstown-Warren
Slogan Star 93.7
Frequency 1330 kHz
Repeaters W232AI
First air date 1963 (as WHOT)
Format Urban adult contemporary
Power 500 watts (day)
Class D
Facility ID 74164
Transmitter coordinates 41°5′21.00″N 80°36′55.00″W / 41.0891667°N 80.6152778°W / 41.0891667; -80.6152778
Callsign meaning The G i F T (former nickname)
Former callsigns WHOT (1963-1990)
WYWR (1990-1992)
WZKC (1992-1993)
WASN (1993-2003)
Owner Bernard Radio (sale pending to Y-Town radio broadcasting)
Sister stations WASN W232AI
Webcast http://tunein.com/radio/WGFT-1330-s27200/
Website http://937star.com/

WGFT (1330 AM) is a radio station licensed to Campbell, Ohio, USA. The station serves the Youngstown-Warren area with a Urban adult contemporary format. The station is owned by Bernard Radio and is pending sale to Y-Town radio broadcasting LLC.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to 1990, the frequency was the second home to WHOT, one of the longest-running Top 40 stations in the country. WHOT relocated to this frequency from the 1570 frequency, enabling it to operate as a full-time station for the first time. After moving both to the FM dial in 1984, and to the 1390 kHz facility on April 23, 1990, the license was re-activated as a separate station, WYWR, that October 8. By July 6, 1992, the station changed its call sign to WZKC, then to WASN on November 15, 1993, and swapping callsigns with WGFT on December 1, 2003.[2]

The station switched from a gospel music format to a talk/personality format in December 2007. The WGFT calls refer to the station's former gospel music format ("The Gift"), which now resides on sister station WASN AM 1500. It was a full-time station until around 2000, when its night power was voluntarily relinquished. However, their web streaming now operates on a 24-hour basis, along with sister station (and fellow daytimer) WGFT.

In addition to Don Imus, Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, the station featured a local daily talk radio show hosted by Louie Free.[3] Free's show originated on sister station WASN until January 1, 2010, when WASN changed from a Hispanic and gospel music format to carry urban-oriented news/talk programming; Free would later move to WYCL and WHTX the following year.

WGFT changed its format to classic hits early in 2012.

Wgft logo, during the "1330 Wgft" era.

In February 2013 WGFT and sister station WASN were taken off the air due to on-going technical reasons with a plan to return to the air by February 2014.

In June 2013, an application was filed with the FCC for WGFT to be rebroadcast on 94.3 FM owned by Helen M. Bednarczyk, wife of WGFT and WASN general manager Ted "Skip" Bednarczyk.

In February 2014 WGFT and WASN were sold to Y-Town radio broadcasting which operates W232AI 93.7.

On May 11, 2014, at 10 am, after stunting for 3 days with the sound of a ticking clock, WGFT launched an urban adult contemporary format being simulcast on Niles FM W232AI 93.7, as Star 93.7, launching with 5,000 songs in a row commercial free. The first song on Star was Black or White by Michael Jackson. The station airs The Steve Harvey Morning Show from 6 am to 10 am, and the "The Keith Sweat Hotel" from 7 pm to midnight.

Wgft logo, during the "1330 Talk WGFT" era.

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