WHYA

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WHYA
101.1 WHYA Mashpee.png
City of license Mashpee, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Cape Cod
Branding Y101
Slogan "Today's Hits" and
"The Beat of Cape Cod"
Frequency 101.1 MHz
First air date February 12, 1987
(as WFAL)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 83 metres (272 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 29571
Transmitter coordinates 41°36′13″N 70°29′21″W / 41.60361°N 70.48917°W / 41.60361; -70.48917
Callsign meaning HYAnnis
Former callsigns WFAL (1987-1995)
WUNZ (1995-1996)
WWKJ (1996-2001)
WTWV (2001-2006)
WFRQ (2006-2012)
Owner John Garabedian
(CodComm, Inc.)
Sister stations WFRQ, WKFY, WPXC
Webcast Listen Live
Website Y101.cc

WHYA (101.1 FM)—branded Y101—is a CodComm, Inc. owned commercial FM radio station licensed to Mashpee, Massachusetts. The station's studios are in downtown Hyannis and its transmitter is located in Mashpee. It serves the Cape Cod radio market with a pop/contemporary hit radio (CHR) format. Y101 features Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Jessica, Steve McVie and Party Playhouse with Jackson Blue. Weekend programming includes Trevor Morini, plus Open House Party with John Garabedian (Saturday) and Kannon (Sunday).

History[edit]

See WFRQ for a full history of the 101.1 frequency. This page is for a history of WHYA after March 2013 only.

On April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM, WHYA broke away from its simulcast with 93.5 WFRQ and began stunting with an automated countdown.[1] A male text-to-speech voice (Microsoft Sam to be exact) repeated a sequence of counting backward in the format of "T minus x days, x hours, x minutes, x seconds" (beginning with 2 days, 18 hours).

A rotating list of statements was also inserted approximately every fifteen seconds. The statements ranged from informing listeners that Frank FM had moved to 93.5 and doubled its power, to random and sometimes amusing quotes from movies, songs and current events. Occasionally, some statements also hinted about two of the on-air personalities that would eventually be on the new station, including "Who's Steve McVie?" and "What is a Jackson Blue?"

On April 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM, the stunt ended with the launch of CHR-formatted "Y101," with the slogans "Today's Hits" and "The Beat of Cape Cod";[2] Y101's first song was "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. The new format filled a four year void that the former WRZE "96-3 The Rose" (now WEII) left when it switched to sports radio on March 25, 2009. Ironically, CodComm's John Garabedian and Steve McVie both played a role in the former WRZE: John placed the original 96.3 transmission facility on the air in the 1970s (as WGTF), while Steve was the last on-air personality heard on WRZE.

CodComm currently has plans to move the WHYA transmission facility from Mashpee to Barnstable at the tower of sister station WPXC. Changes include dropping power (from 6 kW to 2.9 kW), but raising its antenna from 272' to 463' above average terrain. The FCC construction permit for this change was granted on July 17, 2012.

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