WEBE

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WEBE
WEBE WEBE108FM logo.png
CityWestport, Connecticut
Broadcast areaFairfield County and New Haven County, Connecticut
BrandingWEBE108
SloganConnecticut's Best Music Variety!
Frequency107.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1962 (as WMMM-FM)
Format
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT117 meters
ClassB
Facility ID71389
Transmitter coordinates41°10′14″N 73°11′5″W / 41.17056°N 73.18472°W / 41.17056; -73.18472Coordinates: 41°10′14″N 73°11′5″W / 41.17056°N 73.18472°W / 41.17056; -73.18472
Callsign meaningWEe BEe !
Former callsignsWMMM-FM (1962–1970)
WDJF (1970–1984)
OwnerConnoisseur Media
(Connoisseur Media Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWEZN-FM, WFOX, WICC, WPLR, WYBC-FM
WebcastListen Live
Websitewebe108.com

WEBE (107.9 FM, advertised on air as "WEBE108"), owned by Connoisseur Media, is an adult contemporary-formatted station, licensed to serve the community of Westport, Connecticut. The station is usually ranked number one in the Stamford-Norwalk, Bridgeport and Fairfield County ratings, and is in the top four of the New Haven market rating. One of the main elements behind the station's success is its traffic coverage reports that cover the entire route from interior Connecticut to lower Fairfield County. WEBE is one of the most powerful radio stations in Southern Connecticut with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts, reaching most of Westchester County, New York into the Bronx, parts of Manhattan, most of Long Island, as well as southern parts of the Hartford area. Its studios, along with the studios of sister station WICC, are located in Bridgeport. The transmitting antenna is on the United Illuminating plant smokestack near Bridgeport Harbor.

History[edit]

The frequency of 107.9 MHz was originally assigned by the Federal Communications Commission to Westport, Connecticut under its Table of Allocations, and in 1962 the signal which was later to become WEBE signed on the air as WMMM-FM.[1] From 1970 through 1984, the station, then known as WDJF, was owned by Donald J. Flamm and affiliated with Westport radio station WMMM (1260 AM, now WSHU). The stations broadcast out of offices and studios located above a deli at 163 Main Street in Westport, Connecticut. The broadcasting antenna for (107.9 FM) was located in a residential zone in Wilton, Connecticut to the chagrin of neighbors, and the height of the antenna was only 135 feet, so the broadcasting radius of the station was quite small.

On April 15, 2019, Cumulus Media announced that WEBE and WICC would be swapped to Connoisseur Media, which began operating the stations under a local marketing agreement on May 1.[2] The swap was consummated on June 26, 2019.

HD radio[edit]

Cumulus Broadcasting began upgrading its stations to HD Radio broadcasting in 2005. One of the first ten stations to be upgraded was WEBE.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeFelice, Bill (1997-12-15). "Birth of WMMM-FM". History Westport Connecticut Radio.
  2. ^ Cumulus Media Sells KLOS To Meruelo Media Swaps Bridgeport To Connoisseur For Allentown
  3. ^ Harnett, Mary Beth (2006-04-24). "Harris Corporation Announces Multi-Deal Agreement as Exclusive HD Radio(TM) Supplier to Cumulus Broadcasting". EE Times.

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