WPEI

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Coordinates: 43°32′33.00″N 70°24′17.00″W / 43.5425000°N 70.4047222°W / 43.5425000; -70.4047222

WPEI
WEEI Sports Network logo.png
City of license Saco, Maine
Broadcast area Lewiston-Auburn, Portland
Branding 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI
Slogan Southern Maine's Home for the WEEI Sports Radio Network
Frequency 95.9 MHz
First air date July 18, 1982
Format Sports radio
ERP 4,100 watts
HAAT 121 meters
Class A
Facility ID 69640
Transmitter coordinates 43°32′33.00″N 70°24′17.00″W / 43.5425000°N 70.4047222°W / 43.5425000; -70.4047222
Callsign meaning Portland WEEI
Former callsigns WPIG (1981-1984)
WHYR (1984-1995)
WRED (1995-2008)
WRED-FM (2008)
Affiliations WEEI Sports Radio Network
Red Sox Radio Network
ESPN Radio
Owner Atlantic Coast Radio, LLC
Sister stations WJJB, WLOB, WPPI
Website weei.com

WPEI (95.9 FM) is a WEEI Sports Radio Network station serving the Portland, Maine area. The station is owned by Atlantic Coast Radio.

History[edit]

On July 18, 1982,[1] WPEI signed on as WPIG with a country format and the slogan "Southern Maine's Country: FM-96 WPIG". In 1984, it became hot adult contemporary WHYR with slogans "Your Stereo", and then "R-96". In July 1990, WHYR flipped to contemporary hit radio as "96-HYR". In 1995, WHYR changed calls to WRED, but kept the same format and was known on air as "Red Hot 95" with the slogan "Portland's Hot Hits". Some time later, WRED went rhythmic top 40 as "Red Hot 95.9" with the slogan "Maine's #1 for Blazin' Hot Hits".

On August 31, 2008, at 6 PM, WRED dropped its rhythmic top 40 format after a farewell from station DJs (airstaff and listeners had been notified a week in advance) and co-owned WJJB-FM (As of April 2009, a simulcast of WLOB) dropped the simulcast of The Big JAB, both in favor of programming provided by Boston's WEEI, with the simulcast of The Big JAB moving to 96.3 FM.[2][3] (WGEI had initially planned to use the WTEI call sign,[3] and for a week in September 2008 used the WUEI call letters.)[4] The shift left the market with no hip-hop-based station.[citation needed].

Up until April 1, 2009, WEEI's programming was also heard on sister station WGEI (95.5 FM), and the stations were known as WEEI on the 95's. As of April 2009, WGEI is now simulcasting AM sister station WLOB, as WLOB-FM; that station eventually returned to simulcasting with WPEI in August 2011, and is now WPPI.

Programming[edit]

WPEI does not carry Boston College football. It does carry Boston Celtics basketball, as well as Boston Red Sox baseball in tandem with The Big JAB. WPEI carries ESPN Radio when not airing WEEI; it had previously carried Fox Sports Radio (now on The Big JAB) and Sporting News Radio (simulcast from The Big JAB, before WZAN dropped the FSR affiliation). WPEI is currently the flagship station of the Portland Pirates and, in 2012, the Portland Sea Dogs, replacing WBAE/WVAE.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1983 (PDF). 1983. p. 109. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Routhier, Ray (2008-08-19). "WEEI to air in Maine Sept. 1". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b "WEEI Sports Radio Network Expands to Portland, Bangor & Keene" (PDF) (Press release). Entercom Communications. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Sports Digest". Portland Press Herald. November 3, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 

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