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|City of license||Carlisle, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||Country Gold FM & AM|
|Power||1,000 watts day|
WIOO, known as "Country Gold FM & AM", WIOO - AM is a 1000-watt daytime radio station licensed to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It broadcasts an omnidirectional signal on 1000 kHz & which is duplicated on FM 97.9 MHz with full-time service. The AM signed on the air in 1965. FM service was added in the summer of 2009. The call letters stand for the station's former long-time slogan, "W-100," referring to its position on the AM dial.
WIOO played contemporary music for most of its history. During the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s, it was a successful Top 40 station which, despite being a daytimer, competed with Harrisburg stations WKBO and WFEC for the teenage audience. (Source: http://www.reelradio.com/rjh/index.html)
For the past ten (12) years, WIOO has operated with a "country gold" format, playing country music from approximately five to fifty years ago. It is affiliated with ABC (the former Information network) and with Motor Racing Network and Performance Racing Network for extensive NASCAR coverage.
The station operates at full power from local sunrise to local sunset, and at reduced power (approximately 30 watts) from local sunset until 45 minutes later, when it must sign off to protect the clear channel of WMVP in Chicago from skywave interference. The FM 97.9 for Carlisle simulcasts all the AM programming, and continues it in nighttime hours providing 24 hour a day service. WIOO also currently simulcasts the majority of its programming onto WEEO (AM), a 460 watt AM station on 1480 kHz licensed to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. WEEO - AM is simulcast on FM 93.9 MHz in stereo 24/7. This station can be heard in Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Newville and many other areas throghout south central PA. WEEO AM's station motto is Shippensburg first. Additionally, The station airs "AROUND THE TOWN SHIPPENSBURG HAPPENINGS" at 4 minutes past each hour.
WIOO has a long-standing history of great morning personalities dating back to the mid-1960s. They include Bob Hamilton, Dick Raymond, R.J. Harris, Jim (J.J) Jefferson and Marissa Osborne, Ben Barber, Jack Wagner, Scott Donato, Kirk Wise (Wise Guy), Dave Eddy, Larry Flood, and currently on the air veteran broadcaster Craig Senior who doubles as news director. Currently, afternoon drive is handled by air personality and program director Ray Thomas. Ray has been a major force in Carlisle radio for over a quarter of a century. Robin Quivers, now of The Howard Stern Show, received her first radio job on WIOO in late 1979. Quivers beat out a field of three applicants from the Broadcast Institute of Maryland (BIM) to get the news anchor position at WIOO. WIOO’S owner was solely responsible for her hiring.
In addition to its country gold programming, the WIOO stations air the most local news in Cumberland County, provide the very popular noonday Tradio show for listener call ins each noonday as part of its one hour news and information bloc, and carry an extensive schedule of live sports including locally produced Cumberland Valley Eagle football on the Carlisle frequencies and Shippensburg Greyhound football on 1480 and 93.9. It also carries major college and NFL football, NASCAR and Baltimore Oriole baseball in season. WIOO'S sales manager is Sandy Loy, program director is Ray Thomas.
- Country Gold 1000 - official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WIOO
- Radio-Locator Information on WIOO
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WIOO
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W250AP
- Radio-Locator information on W250AP