WILK-FM

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WILK-FM
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City of license Avoca, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton
Branding WILK Newsradio
Frequency 103.1 MHz (FM)
(also on HD Radio)
103.1 HD-1 (WILK News Radio)
103.1 HD-2 (Smooth Jazz)
First air date 1976
Format News/Talk
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 22 meters
Class A
Facility ID 22666
Callsign meaning WILKes-Barre
Former callsigns WQEQ (1976-?)
WACM (?-1996)
WWFH (1996-1998)
WILP-FM (9/1998-11/1998)
WWFH (1998-2001)
WBZH (2001-2002)
WAMT (2002-2004)
WFEZ (2004-2007)
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC)
Sister stations WILK-AM, WKZN, WBZU
Webcast Listen Live
Website WILKNewsRadio.com

WILK-FM is a radio station licensed to Avoca, Pennsylvania operating at a frequency of 103.1 MHz serving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton radio market. The station serves as the premiere station in the regionally simulcast WILK News Radio Network, a network of four radio stations owned by Entercom carrying local news and talk programming for the region served by the stations. In 2007, WILK-FM started hybrid-digital IBOC broadcasting using the HD Radio system by Ibiquity. The main HD-1 audio channel carries the simulcast of the FM (analog) channel programming, and the HD-2 audio sub-channel carries Smooth Jazz music programming.

History[edit]

The radio station was originally licensed to Freeland, Pennsylvania and signed on in 1976 with the call sign WQEQ, known as "QE 103", when it ran a syndicated Top 40/Soft Rock radio format with some local news. From the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, the station switched to an oldies music radio format and was known as "Oldies 103".[1] The station during this time period started to be simulcast on its sister station WXPX at 1300 kHz on AM. The simulcast relationship between the two stations exists again today even though both WQEQ and WXPX went through a number of call sign changes, format changes, ownership changes, and the 103.1 MHz FM signal was moved to Avoca.[2] The stations, now known as WILK-FM and WKZN, both simulcast the WILK News Radio network.

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Coordinates: 41°18′22″N 75°45′36″W / 41.306°N 75.760°W / 41.306; -75.760