WIBG-FM

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For the AM radio station in Ocean City, New Jersey, United States, see WIBG (AM).
WIBG-FM
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City of license Avalon, New Jersey
Broadcast area Atlantic CityCape May
Branding Wibbage FM 94.3
Slogan South Jersey's Oldies Station
Frequency 94.3 MHz
First air date March 29, 1976 (as WWOC)
May 2009 (current format)
Format Oldies
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 91 meters
Class A
Facility ID 16910
Transmitter coordinates 39°13′45.00″N 74°40′54.00″W / 39.2291667°N 74.6816667°W / 39.2291667; -74.6816667
Callsign meaning WIBbaGe
Former callsigns WWOC (1976-1992)
WXNJ (1992–1993)
WWOC (1993–2001)
WWZK (2001–2005)
WILW (2005 -2009)
Owner WIBG, LLC
(WIBG, LLC)
Sister stations WIBG (AM)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wibg.fm

WIBG-FM (94.3 FM, Wibbage 94.3) is a radio station broadcasting an Oldies music format.[1] WIBG is licensed to Avalon, New Jersey, USA. The station is currently owned by WIBG Limited Liability Company and features local programing.[2]

Operating with 6,000 watts, the station can be heard from Manahawkin in Ocean County to the north; south to Lewes, Delaware and as far west as Vineland in Cumberland County. [edit]

History[edit]

The station signed on the air March 29, 1976 as WWOC with a beautiful music format until March 27, 1992 when it was changed to WXNJ. On February 3, 1993, the station reverted its call sign back to WWOC; on March 3, 2001 to WWZK; on February 17, 2005 to WILW; and on August 19, 2009 to the current WIBG-FM,[3]

The programming is a version of the "WIBBAGE" format from the Philadelphia AM 990 powerhouse of the 50s, 60s and 70s. WIBG-FM plays rock and roll, Philly Soul, Motown and Pop along with memorable audio clips from the original Wibbage AM, period commercials, movies, and TV shows. WIBG-FM transmits on 94.3 MHz.

The call sign changed in August 2009 from WILW commensurate with a relocation of the transmitter site from Swainton (Middle Township), NJ to Palermo (Upper Township), NJ and doubling of transmission power to 6,000 Watts. Construction of the new transmitter was completed in early November 2009. The station coverage then reached both Cape May and Atlantic Counties along with parts of Ocean and Cumberland Counties, whereas the station only had a strong signal in Cape May County.

WIBG's full-time, on-air talent consists of longtime South Jersey radio personalities Jerry Beebe in the morning; Rick Rock in mid-day, who also serves as the stations Program Director; Chris Nagle for the afternoon drive; and Ken Schaffer in the evening. There are various local and national weekend programs, including Bill Cain, The Billio "Doctor of Music and Mirth Show" , Brett Parker, Down The shore with "Philly" Bill Culp, Bobby Emmons' Music & Memories; "Wibbage Brit Brunch with John Lockwood", The Mary Mac "Mac Attack "Show, Larry Trulli and his "Larry's Sunday Night Oldies Show", Nationally syndicated show host Dick Bartley and The Doo Wop Stop with Cool Bobby B,and Sports Director Josh Hennig does the live play by plays for local high school football and basketball games. Beebe is a veteran to South Jersey Radio; his voice has been heard locally on the air for over 30 years. Rick Rock comes from WILW and is considered one of South Jersey's most popular on air personalities, and Chris Nagle's roots in South Jersey Radio come from Coastal Broadcasting. Schaffer comes from Kool 98.3 FM and was a pioneer in the mobile entertainment industry as founder of Schaffer Sound Productions in suburban Philadelphia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Summer 2009. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "WIBG-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ "wibg Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 

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