WRKI

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WRKI
City of license Brookfield, Connecticut
Broadcast area Brookfield-Danbury, Connecticut
Branding I-95
Slogan "The Home Of Rock 'n' Roll"
Frequency 95.1 MHz
Repeaters 95.1 WRKI-FM1 (Norwalk)
95.1 WRKI-FM2 (Bridgeport)
First air date July 14, 1957 (as WGHF)
Format Mainstream Rock
ERP 29,500 watts
HAAT 194 meters
Class B
Facility ID 15391
Callsign meaning W RK (Rock) I (branding, I-95)
Former callsigns WGHF (1957-1970)
WINE-FM (1970-1976)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Danbury License, LLC)
Sister stations WINE, WDBY, WPUT
Webcast Listen Live
Website i95rock.com

WRKI (95.1 FM, "I-95") is a mainstream rock radio station broadcasting from Brookfield, Connecticut. The station plays classic rock with a few currents as part of the music mix.

History[edit]

The 95.1 frequency was licensed as WGHF from 1957 through 1970.[1] Sister station WINE-AM signed on in 1963 as a fifty percent simulcast of WGHF. In 1970, the call sign was changed to WINE-FM and remained that way until 1976. [2]

The station known as "I-95" signed on playing Album Oriented Rock at 6PM on December 24, 1976. The first song played was "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John (following the last song of the old "Adult Contemporary" format, The station's original slogan was "Fairfield County's Best Rock." In 1982 the station had a brief detour into Modern Rock and New Wave as "The Rock Of The 80's" but soon returned to its rock roots. The station has also been known as "The Non-Stop Rock Station", "Connecticut's Best Rock & Roll", "Connecticut's Rock & Roll Favorites", "Real Rock" and "Danbury's Rock Station" but has most consistently been and currently known as "The Home Of Rock 'n' Roll."

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including WRKI, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management.[3][4] The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook, 1960
  2. ^ http://www.hartfordradiohistory.com/WRKI_WINE-FM.html
  3. ^ "Official: Cumulus Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare, Fresno Spun To Cumulus". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cumulus Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 41°29′36″N 73°25′44″W / 41.4934°N 73.4290°W / 41.4934; -73.4290