WKRZ

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WKRZ
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City Freeland, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Northeastern Pennsylvania
Branding 98.5 KRZ
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1948 (as WBRE-FM)
Format Analog/HD1: CHR
HD2: Rock ("The Mountain")
Language(s) English
ERP 8,700 watts (analog)
348 watts (digital)[1]
HAAT 357 meters
Class B
Facility ID 34379
Callsign meaning W KRaZy
Former callsigns WBRE-FM (1948-1980)
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website 985krz.com

WKRZ (98.5 FM, "98.5 KRZ") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Freeland, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Entercom Communications, through licensee Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC, and broadcasts a contemporary hit radio format. Its broadcast tower is located southeast of Wilkes-Barre in Bear Creek Township at (41°11′56.0″N 75°49′5.0″W / 41.198889°N 75.818056°W / 41.198889; -75.818056).[2]

WKRZ uses HD Radio, and broadcasts a rock format on its HD2 subchannel branded as "The Mountain".

History[edit]

The radio station now known as WKRZ, first signed on the air in 1948[3] as WBRE-FM from Wilkes-Barre. It was the FM sister station to then WBRE AM at 1340 kHz[4] also located in Wilkes-Barre. WBRE-FM evolved through a number of radio formats ending up with an all News format during the 1970s.[5] The station, up to that point, broadcast in FM mono since its start in 1948. Due to consistently low audience ratings in the area,[6] WBRE-FM made a big change in 1980 when it was sold with the new owners switching to FM stereo, a dramatic format switch to Top 40 music, along with the call sign change to the present WKRZ. WKRZ has been broadcasting a CHR/Top 40 format since 1980. It debuted as 98½ KRZ-FM. It went by 98½ to differentiate itself from WILK 980 which was Top 40 at the time and called itself AM98. It was originally supposed to be called Krazy 98 as its sister station was WAQY "Wacky 102" Springfield, MA.

The present owners of WKRZ, Entercom Communications, received FCC approval in 2003 to move WAMT (103.1 MHz FM, now WILK-FM) from Freeland to Avoca. As a condition of the move, Entercom was required to change the city of license of WKRZ from Wilkes-Barre to Freeland due to FCC concerns about the "loss of local service" to Freeland because of the WAMT move. In practice, the only change was the legal ID.[7]

Stations[edit]

One full-power station is licensed to simulcast the programming of WKRZ:

Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP/Power
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates Notes
WKRF 107.9 FM Tobyhanna, PA 14643 830 267.7 m (878 ft) A 41°02′39.30″N 75°22′39.10″W / 41.0442500°N 75.3775278°W / 41.0442500; -75.3775278 (WKRF) (NAD27) Service Contour covers Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

This station was originally assigned the WPMR call sign on November 29, 1989. The call sign was changed to WPMR-FM on March 11, 1992[8] and was off the air but began a simulcast of WKRZ in 1995.[9] Its call sign was changed to WKRF on May 15, 1995.[8]

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Coordinates: 41°11′56″N 75°49′05″W / 41.199°N 75.818°W / 41.199; -75.818