WOKW

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WOKW
WOKW logo.jpg
Broadcast area Curwensville, Pennsylvania / Clearfield
Branding "OK! 102.9"
Slogan "Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites"
Frequency 102.9 MHz
First air date August 1, 1989
Format Adult contemporary
ERP 3,000 Watts
Callsign meaning WOKW
Owner Raymark Broadcasting
Website http://www.wokw.com/

WOKW is a commercially licensed FM radio station. It operates on the federally assigned frequency of 102.9 MHz at an effective radiated power of 3,000 Watts. WOKW is licensed to Curwensville, Pennsylvania, but maintains studios and offices in Clearfield.

History[edit]

WOKW signed on the air on August 1, 1989 at 10:29am. That exact time and day was chosen as they numerically reflected the new station's frequency of 102.9. The station was initially assigned the call letters WWWS, but those were changed shortly before the station went on the air. The station has been owned by Raymark Broadcasting since it first went on the air and has maintained the same adult contemporary format through ABC/SMN.

Prior to the existence of this station, WOKW was assigned to the station now known as WIII in Cortland, New York. In the early 80's that version of WOKW was known as OK100 in Cortland. They also broadcast the same show in Ithaca, NY on 108 (ad spot: OK100, Ithaca 108).

WOKW was for much its history the sister station of AM 1160 WCCS, located in Homer City, Pennsylvania. WCCS first went on the air in 1983 under a partnership by two former radio station managers, Ray Goss of Indiana and Mark Harley of Clearfield; "Raymark" is an amalgam of their first names. Both men had worked for radio stations in Indiana and State College, respectively, that were under the ownership of Progressive Publishing Company, which also owned radio stations in Clearfield.

Goss and Harley, who had worked together for years prior to putting WCCS on the air, pooled their resources together to build WCCS, and continued their partnership until 1988, when Goss decided to pursue other interests. Harley bought out Goss' stake in the company and retained possession of WCCS, and with a desire to put a station on the air closer to his home, successfully applied for a construction permit for an FM station to be built in Curwensville.

A broadcast tower was built just outside of the Cuzak borough limits, and a studio was built in space shared by a local trucking company on Old Town Road in suburban Clearfield.

In 1991, Harley decided to expand his portfolio to include a third station, which he built in Northern Cambria County. WCCZ (now WPCL) went on the air at 97.3 from studios at PA Routes 219 and 271 in downtown Spangler, now known today as Northern Cambria (through the merger of Barnesboro and Spangler boroughs). Unforeseen circumstances, however, forced Harley to sell WCCZ to WKYN, which made the station a translator to rebroadcast the signal of its Ridgway-based signal to listeners in the Johnstown area.

Harley moved WOKW to its permanent location in the late 90's to a former gas station location he purchased along Clearfield/Curwensville pike near a local shopping center. The building was completely renovated with office space being leased next door and an apartment on the top floor.

In 2002, Harley sold WCCS to Renda Broadcasting Corporation of Pittsburgh, which also purchased WDAD & WQMU in Indiana and Lucky 106.5 from Latrobe. Harley did maintain possession of WOKW and continues to operate the station today.

WOKW Today[edit]

Following the sale of WCCS, WOKW began to add sports to its line up of local broadcasting, including the broadcasts of Curwensville Golden Tide football, boys and girls basketball and wrestling as well as Clearfield Bison football, boys and girls basketball and wrestling, which continues today.

Harley continues today to run WOKW, which is the only standalone FM station in Clearfield County. In 2007, long time Clearfield broadcaster Bob E. Day joined the WOKW staff after 40 years at WCPA/WQYX. Bob has his own oldies show "Sunday Super Gold" every Sunday afternoon.

WOKW On Air Talent Past & Present[edit]

Throughout the years, the On Air Talent at WOKW have brought the listeners the local news, sports, and weather as well as producing advertisements for local businesses.

Name Period(s) of Service
Dennis Wood 1989 to 1994
LeRena Major 1989 to 1994
Shawn Inlow 1989 to 1991
Randy Thorn 1989 to 1992
Tom Zattoni 1991 to 1996
Shawn McIntire 1992 to 1993
James W. Strickland 1992 to Present
Calvin Walls 1994 to 2002
Shawn Wilson 1995 to 1996
Dawn Roussey 1996 to 2001
Justin Ogden 1996 to 1998 and 1999 to 2003
Steve Harmic 2000 to 2002
Bob E. Day 2007 to Present

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Coordinates: 41°04′30″N 78°31′59″W / 41.075°N 78.533°W / 41.075; -78.533