WUPE (AM)

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WUPE
WUPE1001.png
City of license Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Branding Whoopee
Slogan Classic Top 40
Frequency 1110 kHz
First air date September 9, 1971[1]
Format Classic hits
Power 5,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 71436
Transmitter coordinates 42°26′22″N 73°17′30″W / 42.43944°N 73.29167°W / 42.43944; -73.29167 (WUPE)Coordinates: 42°26′22″N 73°17′30″W / 42.43944°N 73.29167°W / 42.43944; -73.29167 (WUPE)
Callsign meaning WUPE = Whoopie[2]
Former callsigns WGRG (1971–1977)
WUPE (1977–1979)
WUHN (1979–2006)
Owner Gamma Broadcasting, LLC
Sister stations WBEC, WBEC-FM, WNAW, WSBS, WUPE-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website wupe.com

WUPE (1110 AM) is a radio station simulcasting a classic hits format with WUPE-FM (100.1 FM). WUPE serves the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area. The station is owned by Gamma Broadcasting, LLC.

History[edit]

WUPE signed on in 1971, as Progressive Rock WGRG. WGRG became Top 40 WUPE in 1977. WUPE became nostalgia formatted WUHN, in the early 1980s. The format was flipped to Oldies in 1990, and then to Country in 1996. The WUPE call letters were restored along with the Oldies format in 2006.[3]

In August 2013, Gamma Broadcasting reached a deal to sell its Berkshire County radio stations, including WUPE, to Reed Miami Holdings;[4] the sale was canceled on December 30, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-212. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  3. ^ "WUPE Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  4. ^ "Western Massachusetts Cluster Sold". All Access. August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (January 14, 2014). "Pittsfield Cluster Sale Withdrawn". RadioInsight. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 

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