WEHA

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WEHA
City Port Republic, New Jersey
Slogan "Spreading The Gospel One Song At A Time!"
Frequency 88.7 MHz
First air date 2003
Format Gospel music
ERP 800 watts
HAAT 67.9 meters
Class A
Facility ID 87809
Transmitter coordinates 39°35′34.00″N 74°26′15.00″W / 39.5927778°N 74.4375000°W / 39.5927778; -74.4375000
Former callsigns WXXY-FM (2009)
WGXM (2008-2009)
WXXY-FM (2003-2008)
WIBF-FM (2002-2003)
WIBF (2000-2002)[1]
Owner Spread The Gospel Inc.
Website http://www.wehagospel887.com/

WEHA (88.7 FM) is a Stellar Award winning radio station broadcasting a Gospel music format. Licensed to the suburb of Port Republic, New Jersey, it serves the Atlantic City metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 2003 under the call sign WIBF. The station is currently owned by Spread The Gospel Inc.[2]

History[edit]

WXXY - "80's Channel" logo, circa 2004

On March 22, 2000, In His Sign Network (later renamed In His Name Broadcasting), was granted the 88.7 frequency to be licensed to Port Republic, NJ, with the call letters of WIBF. The station stayed silent for three years, until March 2003, when the station signed on the air for the first time, testing the waters with an R&B oldies musical format. This format would only survive less than a month, for in April 2003, WIBF began simulcasting contemporary Christian station WXHL out of Christiana, Delaware. The simulcast would also be short lived, for the WIBF call sign was forfeited on May 16, 2003, and changed to WXXY-FM. On July 21, 2003, WXXY-FM began broadcasting an "all-80s" format, with the moniker, "South Jersey's Eighties Channel!" The WXXY-FM call sign had previously been assigned to 103.1 FM in Chicago (now WVIV-FM), which also had broadcast an "all 80s" format from 1998 until 2003.

Format change to Gospel[edit]

Logo as WGXM

On August 17, 2004, WXXY-FM changed formats once again, due to the station having financial difficulties. WXXY-FM went back to airing religious programming, using the moniker of "South Jersey's Gospel Music Station". Originally using the ABC feed of Musical Soul Food, the station quickly went to a local feed of Gospel music. On June 17, 2008, the call sign was changed to WGXM, changed back to WXXY-FM on July 15, 2009, and most recently to WEHA on August 1, 2009.

On-air personalities[edit]

On Air personalities for WEHA include the station owners William and Elaine Hawkes (known on air as El Presidente and Ladie Prayze). El Presidente hosts Gospel Smooth which features Gospel Jazz, soul, and neo-soul. Ladie Prayze hosts Making His Praise Glorious featuring gospel music and the Hour Of Power where she plays 60 minute sermons from today's most renowned preachers of the Gospel. Thelma Witherspoon hosts In The Community with Thelma Witherspoon which features news, announcements, and interviews with various important figures in the south Jersey area. Benny G hosts the Benny G Morning Show and is known for his classic voice and humorous characters as wells as interviews with today's top Gospel artists. Darchild Gospel recording artist Tamyya J hosts Never Missed A Beat featuring Gospel Hip Hop and Rhythm and Praise music as well as interviews with Gospel Artists. Dr. Nicole P. Lyles-Belton aka Dr. NYC hosts Power By The Hour featuring interviews, music, and great topics tackled by Dr. Nyc. George C hosts Gospel Connection featuring the Gospel classics and contemporary music. Steffin Phifer aka Supa Steff serves as the station's Production Director and hosts #HashtagGospel along with Morgan Norris aka Morgz featuring music hits and comedic commentary on lifestyle and news.

Stellar Awards 2013[edit]

On January 19, 2013 WEHA won a Stellar Award (the highest honor in Gospel Music) for Radio Station of the Year in the small market category.

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