|Broadcast area||Philipsburg, Pennsylvania / State College, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||"AM 1260 WPHB"|
|First air date||June 1, 1956|
|Format||Country, talk, sports|
|Power||5,000 watts (Daytime)
34 watts (Nighttime)
WPHB is a commercially licensed AM radio station, serving Philipsburg, Pennsylvania in Centre County. WPHB is licensed to 1260 kHz and operates at a daytime power of 5,000 watts and a nighttime power of 34 watts. The station is owned by Magnum Broadcasting and has a format of talk and classic country.
WPHB first went on the air June 1, 1956. The station was founded by Reverend William Emert, and for much of its early history, broadcast a religion-based format under the name Moshannon Valley Broadcasting, which it operated under for many years, though the owner principals would change over time. As AM stations were also issued FM licenses, WPHB began with an FM sister station, but this license would be forfeited and returned to the FCC by the end of the 1950s.
WPHB was acquired on July 16, 1982 by brothers C. Dean and Sheldon Sharpless, both of whom had worked for the station in varying capacities since its inception, but the corporate name was retained. Dean acted as the station's general manager, news director and engineer, while Sheldon served as promotions director, general sales manager and program director. Sheldon Sharpless had already been a part of WPHB's staff full-time for twenty years prior to the purchase. During this period WPHB offered religion-based programming in addition to country music.
WPHB experienced its biggest growth while under ownership of the Sharpless brothers: seven years after their acquisition of WPHB, an FM station was returned to the air, taking the WPHB-FM call letters and assigned to the 105.9 MHz frequency at a power of 3,000 watts. (The FM station is now WQCK.) Originally, the AM and FM stations simulcasted for about half of the broadcast day. For the remainder of the day, the AM carried religious and gospel-themed programming while the FM was music-intensive. In later years, after being sold to Magnum Broadcasting, the FM concentrated on State College as "105.9 The Buzz", WUBZ, an alternative Rock station.
WPHB(AM) continued to serve the Philipsburg area playing classic country music, with Sheldon Sharpless gracing the air waves along with Jerry Pollock, who has been on the air for over 30 years.
Magnum Broadcasting, Inc. acquired the radio station in November, 2004. They continued with the same programming and enhanced WPHB's commitment to the community.
As of September 2009, WPHB played a mix of Country and Americana music. In the morning, Jerry Pollock played the classic country sound that WPHB has been known for over the years. With the departure of Sheldon Sharpless in the early Summer of 2010, Jerry and Mase Daniels now share the airwaves daily playing Classic Country and Americana for Centre County and the surrounding areas.
Magnum Broadcasting has returned Sheldon Sharpless to the morning airwaves after some outcry from listeners. Sheldon Sharpless continues to be a staple of morning radio on Philipsburg's Hometown Radio Station, WPHB 1260AM. Sheldon is on air from 6:00 am - 10:00 am weekdays. He has been on the air nearly 60 years. Before his passing in September of 2013, Jerry Pollock was on the air from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday. He spent 45 years on the air. The Mid-Day show is now hosted by Philipsburg resident Charles Myers, known as DJ Chuckles.
Todd Brown is the sports director and sportscaster for WPHB. The on-air remote personality for WPHB is P.J. Monella, The Voice of the Moshannon Valley.
On Sundays from 12:05 to 4:00 PM, the air waves are occupied by Jo-Jo's Polka Party. The host of the show, Joe Vesnesky plays the best of country polka swing music. Mr. Vesnesky is also the voice of the St. Francis University Red Flash Basketball.
The station is owned by Michael and Diana Stapleford who are the owners of Magnum Broadcasting. WPHB's sister stations through Magnum are 105.9 QWiK Rock (State College, Centre County), Y106.9 (Renovo, Clinton County), 103.7 FM Talk (Chambersburg, Franklin County), 970 AM (Bellefonte, Centre County) and 92.5 Tunes (Watertown, Jefferson County, New York).
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