WGTY

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WGTY
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City of license Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
York, Pennsylvania
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Branding Great Country 107.7
Frequency 107.7 (MHz)
Format Country
Callsign meaning W GeTtYsburg
Owner Times and News Publishing Company
Website http://www.wgty.com/

WGTY (107.7 FM, "Great Country 107.7") is a country music formatted radio station. Owned by Times & News Publishing, it is licensed to Gettysburg, serving Adams County and York County in Pennsylvania.[1]

History[edit]

According to the Arbitron Ratings company, WGTY has been the #1 station in the York, Pennsylvania market for persons over 12 for over five years. It is also the premier country music outlet servicing both Adams and York counties clearly.

Many personalities have appeared on WGTY over the years - most notable are Dave "Boom Boom" Cannon, Kim Alexander, Scott Donato, John "Paesan" Pellegrini, Brad Austin, Dan Douglas and Jeff Diggs.

There have been several successful morning show campaigns at 107.7. John "Paesan" Pelligrini was the first to garner respectable ratings in the market in the early 1990s, first by himself, then later adding Kim Alexander as a full-time morning partner. Alexander had been full-time on sister station WGET. When Pelligrini moved to afternoons in the mid-2000s, the "Austin & Alexander" show debuted, as Brad Austin took over for Paesan as program director and morning show co-host (he had been the afternoon personality). After a very successful run in the morning with Kim Alexander, Brad Austin left and was replaced by Scott Donato (formerly of 98YCR and other stations), both as morning show host and program director. "Kim and Scott in the Morning," which debuted in May of 2007, has not only remained the #1 morning show in the market since, but it has reached ratings heights never seen before in the morning. In the spring of 2009, the station registered the first "12" share in the York market in ages, scoring a 12.4 rating (12+) demo, which was the station's highest rating in history. The station, to date, is still #1 in the market for stations of its type. Scott Donato was promoted to operations manager of both WGET and WGTY in February of 2010.

Ownership[edit]

WGTY's parent company, Times and News Publishing is a family business which dates back to the middle of the twentieth century. Co-owned under the Times and News umbrella are sister station WGET (AM) and The Gettysburg Times newspaper. The management team at Times and News Publishing is based out of Gettysburg, and the company itself is owned by Phil Jones. Jones serves as the chairman of the company's board of directors. Cindy Ford is currently serving as the president for Times and News Publishing and is also the day-to-day general manager of WGET and WGTY Radio. Tom Ford is the general manager of the Gettysburg Times.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (2008-03-03). "This Week's Bloodbath: Citadel". NorthEast Radio Watch. 

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Coordinates: 39°51′22″N 76°56′56″W / 39.856°N 76.949°W / 39.856; -76.949