WLFK

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WLFK
City of license Gouverneur, New York
Broadcast area Watertown, New York
Branding 95-3 The Wolf
Frequency 95.3 MHz
Translator(s) 104.1 W281AA Watertown
100.1 W261CP Lowville
First air date December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
Format Country music
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters (330 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 66658
Transmitter coordinates 44°20′22.0″N 75°23′59.2″W / 44.339444°N 75.399778°W / 44.339444; -75.399778Coordinates: 44°20′22.0″N 75°23′59.2″W / 44.339444°N 75.399778°W / 44.339444; -75.399778
Former callsigns WGIX-FM (1988–2010)
WIGS-FM (1967–?, 1978–1988)
WLUF (?–1978)
Owner Community Broadcasters, LLC
Website http://www.realsuccessradio.com/

WLFK (95.3 FM, "95-3 The Wolf") is an FM broadcast station licensed for 6,000 watts at Gouverneur, New York. The station also has a low power repeater in Watertown, New York which broadcasts with 50 watts. The audio from this station can be heard on Time Warner Cable in Watertown, New York on channel 96. Time Warner picks up the broadcast from repeater 104.1 which is also in Watertown. Since the FM audio subcarrier for cable channel 96 can be heard on 101.75 FM, cable subscribers in the greater Watertown area can hear WLFK in a much larger area than its low powered Watertown signal can cover.

Owned and operated by Community Broadcasters, LLC, it broadcasts a country format. The station carries a national news feed from CNN at the top of each hour. The station has a local disc jockey, Wolfman Bill, (weekdays 6-9am), and local news courtesy of John Moore at WWTI-TV 50 (Watertown, New York). The remainder of the schedule is filled by satellite, with no local news after that.

The station broadcasts Clarkson University hockey. The announcer is Bob Ahlfeld.

Station history[edit]

WLFK signed-on for the first time on Monday evening, December 4, 1967, as WIGS-FM on 92.7 MHz. The 3,000 watt station was put on-the-air to provide coverage to areas that were unable to receive the signal of (or received interference with) the 1,000 watt WIGS (AM) 1230 (now defunct). The two stations simulcasted originally.

Eventually,[when?] the FM station changed call letters to WLUF. The callsign was changed back to WIGS-FM on December 18, 1978.[1] At noon on February 25, 1981, WIGS-FM moved to its current frequency of 95.3 MHz to make room at Ogdensburg, New York for WPAC (now WQTK). In later years, the simulcast ended, with the AM side going country and the FM taking on an adult contemporary format.

The station callsign changed to WGIX-FM on July 1, 1988.[1]

In February 1991, both stations suddenly left the air but returned with new owners that fall. The Wireless Works had already owned WSLB and WPAC in Ogdensburg, as well as WZOZ in Oneonta, New York.

In recent years, The Wireless Works formed an all-oldies trimulcast of WSLB/WIGS/WGIX as "FSR Full Service Radio." WIGS signed-off permanently in the mid-1990s, and the two remaining stations continued a simulcast until WSLB became "Talk 1400" in the early part of this decade. WGIX became "Oldies 95.3" then "Cool 95.3."

In 2003, WGIX-FM added 50 watt repeater in Watertown, New York which was formerly used by Majic 103.1.[2] Then in 2008, the station added a 19 watt repeater in Lowville.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the station switched formats to country music, re-branding itself as WLFK, "95-3 The Wolf", and changing the callsign to match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Monday Afternoon Update". Northeast Radio Watch. 2009-07-26. 

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