WLCY

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For the television station formerly known as WLCY, see WTSP.
WLCY, Cat Country 106.3
City of license Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Indiana, Pennsylvania
Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Branding "Cat Country 106.3"
Slogan "Today's Best Country!"
Frequency 106.3 (MHz)
First air date September 13, 1982 (as WCQO)
Format Current and Classic Country
ERP 2,400 Watts
HAAT 111 meters
Class A
Facility ID 38376
Owner Anthony Renda
(St Pier Group, LLC)
Website http://www.country1063fm.com/

WLCY is a country music formatted radio station serving Indiana, Cambria, Jefferson, Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania. This station broadcasts in a format playing today's best country highlighted by throwback country hits.

The Cat County 106.3 FM format began in February 2006.

On air personalities are Andy Hart on mornings, Jim DeCesare on mid-days, and Chuck Clark in the afternoon. Syndicated programming includes "CMT's Country Countdown USA" with Lon Helton, "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks", "America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend", and "Racing Country USA".

WLCY is the voice of the Blairsville High School sports. WLCY has broadcast every Bobcat football game since 1980. The station also broadcasts various Bobcat basketball games.

Early history[edit]

Beginnings as WCQO[edit]

The 106.3 license originally signed on as WCQO-FM ("CQO" being the initials of station founder Ada Ottie's daughter Constance Quinn) with a "Music of Your Life" format featuring music of the 1930s and 40's.

"Cat Country 106.3" logo

The station broadcast from a two-story wood-framed house at the intersection of Routes 22 and 119 in Burrell Township, just outside of the Blairsville borough limits. The ground floor housed the on-air and production studios, with sales and administrative offices on the top floor.

During these early years, the station broadcast a locally-produced polka show, hosted by Mark Bertig, a Grammy-award winning polka musician who led the band "The Polish Friends" from the late 70's to early 80's. He would leave in 1985, only to return in 2002 to manage this station and three of its competitors under subsequent purchases by its present owner.

The WNQQ Days: "Wink FM"[edit]

In 1985, the station was purchased by former WAMO-FM general manager Ray Gusky (dba WNQQ, Inc.), who rebranded the station with the call sign WNQQ-FM and adopted an AC format. Billed as "Wink-FM," the station added specialty programming, such as "Jukebox Saturday Night with D.P. McIntire" on Saturdays and "C'eol N'harran," a Sunday program featuring Irish folk music.

Transfer of the station's control went from Gusky to Jeff Dean (dba Pennsylvania Broadcast Associates) in December 1987.

Longo's Luckyland: WLCY and "Lucky 106.3"[edit]

John Longo, who started as a disc jockey in 1959, purchased WNQQ for $485,000 in November 1989, ten months following his purchase of WCNS-AM in Latrobe.[citation needed] Signing an agreement with the former Drake Chenault Radio Network (now Jones Radio Network), the station was rebranded under the call letters WLCY-FM (once assigned to an AM-FM-TV combination in Tampa, Florida), revamping its soft adult contemporary format under the nickname "Lucky 106.3," conceived by Longo while showering one morning. After a three-year hiatus McIntire would return to the station briefly in 1989, with G.V. Rapp coming on as program director and Tony Michaels maintained his role hosting "Jukebox Saturday Night," having inherited it from McIntire's successor, Dave Justin.

Consolidating the business offices of the station with those of WCNS in Latrobe, Longo would conduct an interior renovation in 1990, moving the on-air studio into a front extension of the building, which was known affectionately as "The House." This move would be beneficial in several respects but also would provide on-air staff with moments of hilarity, such as when errant golf shots from a nearby course would strike screened-in studio windows during broadcasts.

As part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Route 22/119 widening project, the building which had housed the station since its debut would be demolished in 2001. WLCY's on-air operations would be moved to Latrobe to complete its consolidation with WCNS, but a small sales office nonetheless was maintained in Blairsville.

Sale to Renda Broadcasting[edit]

Longo decided to sell the station in 2002 to Pittsburgh-based Renda Broadcasting Corporation for $900,000, following an LMA of almost two years.

In need of additional studio space to accommodate four radio stations (WDAD, WCCS, WLCY, WQMU), Renda Broadcasting acquired the former Gatti Pharmacy building at the corner of 9th and Philadelphia Streets in downtown Indiana, where the four stations and its business operations occupy the first and second floors. As the format of the station was in many ways identical to those of the other stations in this new four station cluster, WLCY's format was changed to country music shortly after the acquisition.

Station Personnel[edit]

DJs[edit]

  • Andy Hart - Weekdays from 6 am - 10 am
  • Jim DeCesare - Weekdays from 10 am - 3pm
  • Chuck Clark - Weeknights from 3 pm - 7 pm

Morning News Staff[edit]

  • Josh Widdowson - Weekday morning news updates
  • Jack Benedict - Weekday morning sports updates

Off-Air Management[edit]

  • Mark Bertig - Vice President and General Manager
  • Jason Hill - General Sales Manager
  • Jim DeCesare - Program Director
  • Andy Hart - Assistant Program Director
  • Melissa Anderson - Business Manager
  • Travis Williams - Traffic Director
  • Todd Marino - Production Director
  • Marc Kloszewski - Assistant Traffic Director

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°31′12″N 79°13′26″W / 40.520°N 79.224°W / 40.520; -79.224