WTUE

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WTUE
WTUE logo.jpg
City of license Dayton, Ohio
Broadcast area Dayton, Ohio
Frequency 104.7 (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
First air date 1959
Format Classic rock
ERP 28,000 watts
HAAT 200 meters
Class B
Facility ID 1909
Callsign meaning TWO (complementing WONE)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WCHD, WOLT, WYDB, WMMX, WONE, WXEG
Webcast Listen Live
Website WTUE.com

WTUE (104.7 FM) is a classic rock formatted radio station with studios in Dayton, Ohio. Its transmitter is located in Moraine, Ohio and can be heard clearly throughout Southwest Ohio, including nearly all of Greater Cincinnati.

Briefly known as WIFE-FM and WTWO, WTUE's beginnings was that of WONE-FM simulcasting sister station WONE-AM which had a Top 40 format until 1967. WONE-FM played Top 40 hits without live personalities when WONE-AM switched to country in 1969. In 1971, the FCC granted permission to boost its power to 50,000 watts and monaural WONE-FM transformed to FM-stereo, and briefly quadraphonic, "the all new W-2" under the programming of Bill Struck, followed by Gregg Mason (Terry Dorsey). In 1974, WTUE was "The Super Ten Four!" with morning personality Gregg Mason, Sean McKay in the 10am-2pm slot, Al Morgan 2pm- 4pm, Bill Lyons 4pm-8pm and Dave Michaels 8pm-Midnight.

The station was playing Top 40 hits with live DJs until 1976 when it switched to the new and innovative album oriented rock format under the direction of Dave Michaels as Program Director. Gregg Mason was moved to sister station, 98 Country WONE. Patty Spitler, who had been the Morning Host at the University Of Dayton's WVUD, (considered "underground rock" at the time) would become "T-105's first Morning Show Host. Dave Michaels (Dave Ingersoll) left WTUE and was replaced by Chuck Browning as Program Director from M 105 (WWWM) in Cleveland. Browning also held a 2 hour air shift between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday.

Sean Scott (Sean Scott Sizemore) was the first AOR announcer hired from North Carolina by WTUE to replace Al Morgan in the 4pm-8-pm slot. Scott was also WTUE's first Music Director. This was the beginning of the transformation from WTUE, the rock station manned by Top-40 announcers, to a station who staffed themselves by hiring graduates of the University of Dayton's radio station, WVUD. Patty Spitler, Bob Clark, Jim Tobin, Dan Pugh (Dan Patrick), Bill Pugh, Dave Luczak, Kevin Crisler (K.C), Mark Zona (Edwards), Sandy Smith and Alan McConnell were all graduates (or at least attended) The University of Dayton and were all part of their radio program. McConnell, who's name was changed to Mike McConnell due to the fact that Alan Sells was a part time announcer and the station thought one Alan was enough. Alan Sells, who was hired as a part timer while at sububan Stebbins High School in 1974 was given his first full-time slot holding down the 8pm-1am in 1976 until his departure for Cincinnati's WSAI-FM in 1979. Sells is now Big Al of Big Al and Charlie at KFRQ in McAllen/Brownsville, TX.

Early 1979 was a transitional point for WTUE. Patty Spitler left the station. Sue Arenston joined the station from Cincinnati and Sean "The Space Cowboy" Scott was moved to the Morning slot. Alan McConnell who came to WTUE as a fill in jock was given the 4pm-8pm slot. Scott would soon leave WTUE for WMAD in Madison, Wisconsin to pursue his desire to program his own radio staio. After Several years in Madison, Sean Scott left Madison and radio. Mike McConnell would soon become the Program Director at WTUE to replace Chuck Browning who left the airwaves to take a larger management role at 11 South Wilkinson, where the station had been located. McConnell would go on to Program WSKS-FM, 96 ROCK, in Hammilton in May 1982 before moving to sister station WLW in Cincinnati a little over a year later. McConnell is currently at WGN-AM, Chicago.

Sports personality and University of Dayton graduate Dan Patrick was half of the morning team on WTUE in the late-1970s/early-1980s under his given name, Dan Pugh. Dan was partnered as morning host with several other DJ's over the years including Sean Scott, Dave Luczak, Major Dick Hale and Jeff Curry. WTUE was awarded Billboard Magazine's coveted "Station Of The Year" in the album-oriented rock format for medium-sized markets in 1983 under Program Director Bill Pugh (Dan Pugh's brother) and again in 1985 under Tom Carroll who served as Program Director from 1984-1997.

During 1986-1999, the WTUE was home to the highly rated Kerrigan & Christopher morning show. Christopher (Geisen) left the station in 1999 and (Steve) Kerrigan left WTUE's airwaves in 2003. Steve Kerrigan died of multiple myeloma in March 2011.

WTUE is currently an affiliate of The Bob and Tom Show in the mornings and features afternoon veteran John "B-Man" Beaulieu. Christopher Geisen and Mike Thomas also served as Program Directors prior to current Program/Operations Manager, Tony Tilford.

Station ownership has included Group One Broadcasting (Akron), DKM Broadcasting, Summit Communications, Stoner Broadcasting, American Radio Systems, Inc., Jacor Communications and Citicasters Co., a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications.

HD radio[edit]

In March 2007, WTUE began broadcasts in HD-Radio by simulcasting its analog audio on its HD1 stream and broadcasting a more album-oriented rock format on its HD2 stream. The station broadcasts using the MP1 service mode.

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Coordinates: 39°43′19″N 84°12′36″W / 39.722°N 84.210°W / 39.722; -84.210