WILK (AM)

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WILK
WILK980.PNG
City of license Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton
Branding WILK Newsradio
Frequency 980 kHz
First air date 1947
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts daytime,
1,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 34380
Transmitter coordinates 41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722Coordinates: 41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722
Callsign meaning WILKes-Barre
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC)
Sister stations WILK-FM, WKZN, WBZU
Webcast Listen Live
Website WILKNewsRadio.com

WILK is also known as Northeast Pennsylvania's Newsradio and owned by Entercom Communications.

History[edit]

WILK originally signed on the air around January of 1947. The studios were located at 88 North Franklin street in Wilkes-Barre. The station's original broadcast frequency was 1450 kHz at 250 watts during its early years. In 1951 WSCR in Scranton moved from 1000Kkz to 1320,making it possible for WILK to move to 980 with a three tower array, broadcasting 5kW non-directional day and 1kW directional night time. It was an ABC radio affiliate. As such, it spawned WILK-TV channel 34, one of northeast Pennsylvania's two original ABC affiliates. That station merged with Scranton's WARM-TV to form WNEP-TV, which still operates under WILK-TV's license.

From the 1990s until 2005, it was the originating station in the WILK Radio Network. However, that distinction now belongs to FM sister WILK-FM.

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