WVIB

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WVIB
WVIB logo.png
City of license Holton, Michigan
Broadcast area Muskegon, Michigan
Branding V100
Slogan "Today's R&B and Old School"
Frequency 100.1 MHz
First air date January 2002
Format Adult Urban Contemporary
ERP 2,900 watts
HAAT 144 meters
Class A
Facility ID 73994
Callsign meaning Stuart and Helene Noordyk
Former callsigns WSHN-FM (?-1/13/05)
Affiliations The Touch (Cumulus)
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WKLQ, WLCS, WWSN, WLAW
Website v100fm.com

WVIB (100.1 FM, "V100") is a radio station broadcasting an urban AC format fed via satellite from Cumulus Media Networks (known as "The Touch" or "Today's R&B and Old School"). The station is licensed to Holton, Michigan and serves the Muskegon market. It can be heard as far south as Allendale, Michigan, as far east as Lakeview, Michigan, and as far north as Ludington, Michigan. However, its range is limited by WBCH to the southeast, WSJP-FM to the west, and WCUZ to the north.

History[edit]

The station began as WSHN-FM in Fremont, Michigan, which for many years featured a country format (as "Fun Country 100 FM") oriented toward Fremont and Newaygo County. The WSHN calls stand for Stuart and Helene Noordyk, the station's original owners.

In January 2002, the Noordyks were granted a construction permit to change WSHN-FM's city of license from Fremont to Holton and move into the Muskegon market (WSHN-AM 1550 remained in Fremont and remains owned by Noordyk to this day). The following month, "Fun Country 100" became "The New Sunny FM" with a Hot AC format. The station chose the name "The New Sunny FM" to evoke memories of WSNX's days as "Sunny FM" during the 1980s and 1990s. The intention was to provide a "grown-up" version of "Sunny FM", without hip hop and rap music and with classic '80s and '90s hits mixed in. However, the revamped "Sunny FM" was a ratings failure.

In February 2004, Tony "Boomer" Burke, former on-air talent for Grand Rapids active rock station WKLQ and South Bend's CHR/Top 40 station U-93 WNDV, was hired as Program Director and Weekday Afternoon Host for "Sunny-FM". "Boomer"'s duties also included heading up the other Noordyk stations (WEFG, WLCS, WSHN-AM). In an attempt to push the station into direct competition with WSNX, WSHN's music format quickly evolved from Hot AC to CHR/Top 40, aiming directly at teens and young adults just in time for summer.

By June 2004, "100.1 The New Sunny-FM" had a fresh new sound. "Boomer" had added rap and hip hop music in a limited capacity compared to WSNX. Intense song rotation was given to current and recent hits as well as music from the early 2000s. Selected Top 40 hits from the '90s remained, but very limited. '80s songs were dropped altogether other than during special programming and syndicated programming. All this was an effort to try to bring in the 12–24 and 18–34 male-female demographic. A tweaked moniker and logo, a new voice-over by Jeff Straub complete with brand new fast paced imaging and jingles, as well as new air talent, helped kick off WSHN's Top 40 effort in June 2004. This coincided with the week-long Muskegon Summer Celebration. Taking advantage of the timing, the station sponsored Nickelback, who performed in concert during the week-long festival. In June, changes in staff also were made, including revamping the morning show. "Boomer" replaced owner Don Noordyk on the morning team. Noordyk stepped back to focus exclusively on managerial duties. Brandon James was hired to replace "Boomer" as Weekday Afternoon Host to help continue the Top 40 approach and improve listener interaction. Along with several new contests and show features, Brandon's show was request and caller driven. A new Friday evening show titled Mix at Six also debuted, featuring a full hour of Modern Dance and club music.

In August 2004, these efforts too were proven not to be long-lived at Sunny-FM. Creative differences between talent and management over the direction of music decisions led to the departure of Tony "Boomer" Burke and Brandon James, who both resigned on the same day in late August. WSHN pretty much reverted to its adult-driven Hot AC format until November.

After Citadel Broadcasting took over the station in November 2004, 100.1 FM was switched to the current adult-urban format, which has proven popular among the African American community in Muskegon.[citation needed] Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[1]

WVIB is the only commercial radio station in the Muskegon area programmed for the black community. It competes with non-commercial LPFM stations WUVS-LP and WMMT-LP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 43°18′50″N 86°09′18″W / 43.314°N 86.155°W / 43.314; -86.155