WBEB

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WBEB
WBEB B101.1 logo.png
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaGreater Philadelphia (Delaware Valley)
Frequency101.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingPhilly's B101.1
SloganMore Music, More Variety
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatAdult Contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: KYW simulcast (All-news)
Ownership
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
History
First air date
May 13, 1963; 57 years ago (1963-05-13)
Former call signs
WDVR (1963–81)
WEAZ (1981–89)
WEAZ-FM (1989–93)
Technical information
Facility ID71382
ClassB
ERP14,000 watts
HAAT287 meters (942 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°02′19.4″N 75°14′12.6″W / 40.038722°N 75.236833°W / 40.038722; -75.236833
Links
Webcast
Websiteb101philly.radio.com

WBEB (101.1 FM, "B101.1") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Owned by Entercom, the station broadcasts an adult contemporary format. The broadcast tower used by the station is in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia at (40°2′19.7″N 75°14′12.8″W / 40.038806°N 75.236889°W / 40.038806; -75.236889),[1] while its studios are located at 2400 Market Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In addition to a standard analog transmission, WBEB broadcasts over two HD Radio channels, and is available online via Radio.com.

Prior to 2018, WBEB was co-founded and owned by broadcaster Jerry Lee, and was recognized as one of the last independently owned and operated major market FM stations remaining in the United States.[2] WBEB has been a top-ranking station in the Philadelphia Nielsen Audio ratings since the early 1990s; this dominance has been further demonstrated during the holiday season, where WBEB has historically seen the largest ratings gains among U.S. radio stations that switch to Christmas music.[3][4]

History[edit]

On May 13, 1963, the station first signed on using the call sign WDVR, which stood for Delaware Valley Radio.[5] It was one of several Philadelphia stations airing a beautiful music format, including WPBS (98.9 FM) and WWSH (106.1 FM). In 1981, it switched call signs to WEAZ, which stood for easy listening.[6] It began using the slogan EAZY 101 with actor Patrick O'Neal and later with actor Robert Urich as its TV commercial spokesperson. By 1984, EAZY 101 had become the #1 rated station in Philadelphia.[citation needed]

The station was known for playing pop tunes reworked in the form of instrumentals. At first, it played two vocalists per hour, although over time, more vocals were added. The instrumental music was based on the works of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters as well as songs from movies and Broadway. By the 1980s, the station increased the number of vocals to four per hour, either from the middle of the road format or from the soft adult contemporary format.

In 1988, the station completed a transition from instrumental-based easy listening to an all-vocal soft adult contemporary format. This format change came after research showed listeners who grew up after the advent of rock and roll did not like instrumental music. With the format change, the station used a satellite-delivered music service, but by the next year, some of the air staff returned. By 1990, the station's name was shortened to "EZ 101". The station would shift to a mainstream adult contemporary format in 1993, and its call sign and branding would change to WBEB, B101, on April 25 of that year.

In December 2013, WBEB announced the station would rebrand as More FM beginning December 26, with no change in format. The station argued that the B101 name was dated and did not reflect its current on-air content.[7]

On July 19, 2018, Entercom announced that it would acquire WBEB for $57.5 million. To comply with DOJ revenue limits, Entercom divested WXTU back to its previous owner Beasley Broadcast Group. WBEB was, at that time, one of the last major-market radio stations to be independently owned.[2][8] The sale closed September 28, 2018. With the sale's closure, former GM Blaise Howard returned to the station, this time as general sales manager.[9][10]

On November 8, 2018, WBEB returned to its previous "B" branding as B101.1.[11]

Signal note[edit]

WBEB is short-spaced to three other Class B stations:

WCBS-FM (licensed to serve New York City) and WWDC "DC101" (licensed to serve Washington, D.C.) also operate on 101.1 MHz. WBEB and WCBS-FM are 82 miles apart.[12] WBEB and WWDC are 120 miles apart.[13] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on the same channel according to current FCC rules is 150 miles.[14]

In addition, WBEB is short-spaced to WROZ fun 101.3 (licensed to serve Lancaster, Pennsylvania) as they operate on first adjacent channels (101.1 and 101.3) and the cities they are licensed to serve are only about 61 miles apart.[15] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on first adjacent channels according to current FCC rules is 105 miles.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FM Query Results for WBEB". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  2. ^ a b "Entercom Acquires 101.1 More-FM Philadelphia; Divests WXTU Back To Beasley". RadioInsight. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  3. ^ "Christmas Remains King In Holiday 2017 Ratings". Insideradio.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ "WBEB Flips To Christmas Music". Radio Ink. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-181
  6. ^ "Call Sign History [WBEB]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  7. ^ "B101 to change name to MoreFM in January". Philly.com. December 12, 2013. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "101.1 More FM, the 'crown jewel of Philadelphia radio', sold". Philly.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ "Blaise Howard Named GSM At WBEB (101.1 More FM)/Philadelphia". All Access. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  10. ^ "Alabama FM Translator Changes Hands, Entercom Closes On WXTU/Philadelphia Sale And WBEB Acquisition". All Access. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  11. ^ "B101 Returns To Philadelphia". RadioInsight. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  12. ^ "How Far is it Between Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pa, United States and Midtown, New York, Ny, United States". freemaptools.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  13. ^ "How Far is it Between Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pa, United States and Silver Spring, Md, United States". freemaptools.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  14. ^ "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR 73.207 (1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  15. ^ "How Far is it Between Lancaster, Pa Usa and Philadelphia, Pa Usa". freemaptools.com. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  16. ^ "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR § 73.207(b)(1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-03-06.

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