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|Broadcast area||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||Country Gold FM & AM|
|Translator(s)||W250AP (97.9, Carlisle)|
|Repeater(s)||1480 WEEO (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania)|
|First air date||1965|
|Power||1,000 watts day|
|Callsign meaning||IOO a numerical representation of the first three digits of the AM frequency 1000|
|Affiliations||ABC News Radio
Baltimore Orioles Radio Network
NFL on Westwood One Sports
|Owner||Harold Z. Swidler
|Sister stations||WCAT-FM, WHYL, WEEO|
WIOO, known as "Country Gold FM & AM", WIOO - AM is a 1,000-watt daytime radio station licensed to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It broadcasts on 1000 kHz which is simulcast on FM 97.9 MHz with full-time service. WIOO signed on the air in 1965. FM service was added in the summer of 2009. The call letters stand for the station's former long-time slogan, "W-100," referring to its position on the AM dial.
WIOO played contemporary music for most of its history. During the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s, it was a successful Top 40 station which, despite being a daytimer, competed with Harrisburg stations WKBO and WFEC for the teenage audience.
For the past 15 years, WIOO has carried a "country gold" format, playing country music from approximately 5–50 years ago. It is affiliated with Westwood One, and with Motor Racing Network, and Performance Racing Network for extensive NASCAR coverage.
The station operated at full power from local sunrise to local sunset, and at reduced power (approximately 30 watts) from local sunset until 45 minutes later, when it signed off to protect the clear channel of WMVP in Chicago from skywave interference. This will change once the power upgrade is complete (see below).The station will still be required to sign off after sunset. 97.9 for Carlisle simulcasts all of the AM programming, providing continuous service. WIOO also currently simulcasts the majority of its programming onto WEEO, a 460 watt AM station on 1480 kHz licensed to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. WEEO is simulcast on FM 93.9 MHz in stereo. This station can be heard in Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Newville and many other areas throughout south central Pennsylvania.
WIOO has a long-standing history of morning personalities dating back to the mid-1960s. They include Bob Hamilton, Dick Raymond, R.J. Harris, Jim (J.J) Jefferson and Marissa Osborne, Ben Barber, Jack Wagner, Scott Donato, Kirk Wise (Wise Guy), Dave Eddy, Larry Flood, and currently on the air veteran broadcaster Michael Andrews who doubles as news director. Currently, afternoon drive is handled by air personality and program director Ray Thomas. Ray has been a major force in Carlisle radio for over a quarter of a century. Robin Quivers, now of The Howard Stern Show, received her first radio job on WIOO in late 1979. Quivers beat out a field of three applicants from the Broadcast Institute of Maryland (BIM) to get the news anchor position at WIOO. In addition to its country gold programming, the WIOO stations air local news in Cumberland County, provide the noonday Tradio show for listener call ins each day as part of its one-hour news and information block, and carry live sports including locally produced Cumberland Valley Eagles football on the Carlisle frequencies and Shippensburg Greyhounds football on 1480 and 93.9. The station carries major college and NFL football, NASCAR and Baltimore Orioles baseball during respective seasons. WIOO was granted a construction permit by the FCC in 2015. The station's day power will increase to 15,000 watts, and it will gain critical hours power of 2,700 watts. The station's critical hour power is subject to local sunset of WMVP Chicago, Illinois, on the same frequency.
- "FCC Construction Permit". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/143974/radio-disney-sells-wrdz-a-chicago-to-polnet All Access News - July 30, 2015
- Country Gold 1000 - official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WIOO
- Radio-Locator Information on WIOO
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WIOO
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W250AP
- Radio-Locator information on W250AP