WXTA

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WXTA
City of license Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding Nash FM 97.9
Slogan Erie's Country Music Station
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date 1989
Format Country
ERP 10,000 watts
HAAT 154 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 72892
Former callsigns WMYJ-FM (1988-1989)
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WRIE, WQHZ, WXKC
Webcast Listen Live
Website 979nashfm.com

WXTA (97.9 FM) is a commercial radio station located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, broadcasting to the Erie, Pennsylvania, area. WXTA airs a country music format branded as "Nash FM".

History[edit]

WMYJ-FM was sister to WMYJ who was started by Bulmer Communications who also owned radio stations in Ashtabula, Dunkirk, Lima, Ottawa and Logansport. John Bulmer was forced to sell the Erie radio stations due to overlap in signals (during the time you could only own 1 AM and 1 FM in the same market). In 1985 he sold both stations to Erie Communications who also owned radio stations in Sandusky, Cleveland and Johnstown NY.

The station was purchased by Bob Winters (WinCapp Broadcasting) over the summer of 1989. The format switch to country happened at noon on September 11, 1989. WXTA was sold to Media One in 1997, Regent Communications in 1999, Citadel Broadcasting in 2004, and Cumulus Media in 2011.

Former air personalities at WXTA include "Uncle Fred" Horton, Bobby Reed, Ron Kline, Mike McKay, Natalie Massing, John Cunningham, "Big John" Jacobs, Ed Beeler, Bobbi Weston, Brian Williams, Rick Shigo, Chris Atkins, Dale Thompson, Chet Price, Bill Shannon, Laura Luke, Jim Mirabello, Adam Reese, John Gallagher, Tom Lavery, Sammy James, Jay Foyst, Herb Palmer, Dan "Shoeless" Sheldon, Ellie McVay, Truckin' Tom, Cindy Wear, Becca Lynn and the syndicated "Big D & Bubba."

Former syndicated programming on WXTA includes "After Midnite with Blair Garner", "Country Gold Saturday Night" and "Neon Nights with Lia".

Morning Personality "Uncle Fred" Horton died on March 4, 2008.

Current on-air personalities include Mike Sheffield, Jim Griffey, Nicole Dohoda and Chuck Stevens. Stevens is also the stations Program Director.

On Air features include Sheffield in the Morning (Mike Sheffield), Country Cartunes at 5, Kickin' it with Kix (Kix Brooks), and Retro Country.

On February 3, 2014 WXTA along with 9 other Cumulus owned country music stations, made the switch to going under the Nash FM branding.[1]

Former Logos[edit]

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Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 80°06′40″W / 41.966°N 80.111°W / 41.966; -80.111