WBOC-FM

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For the former WBOC-FM at 104.7, see WQHQ.
WBOC-FM
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City Princess Anne, Maryland
Broadcast area The Delmarva
Branding "102-5 WBOC"
Frequency 102.5 MHz
First air date December 24, 1976 (1976-12-24) (as WOLC)[1]
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 152 meters
Class B
Facility ID 39894
Transmitter coordinates 38°6′43.00″N 75°39′14.00″W / 38.1119444°N 75.6538889°W / 38.1119444; -75.6538889
Callsign meaning We're Between the Ocean and the Chesapeake
Former callsigns WOLC (1976–2015)
Owner Draper Holdings Business Trust
(WBOC, Inc.)
Sister stations WBOC-TV
Webcast WBOC-FM Webstream
Website WBOC-FM Online

WBOC-FM (102.5 FM) is a radio station that broadcasts an Adult Contemporary format. Licensed to Princess Anne, Maryland, USA, the station is owned by Draper Holdings Business Trust, which also owns WBOC-TV (channel 16).

History[edit]

Logo as "Joy 102.5," used until August 18, 2015

The station went on the air December 24, 1976[1] as WOLC, a religious station owned by Maranatha, Inc. (not to be confused with the unrelated Maranatha Broadcasting Company, the owners of WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania). In August 2015, Maranatha agreed to sell WOLC to Draper Holdings Business Trust, owner of WBOC-TV, and took the station off the air on August 18.[2] Draper moved WOLC's studios from Princess Anne to the Salisbury studios of WBOC-TV, using the space formerly occupied by the former WBOC radio (now WTGM and WQHQ); it also announced that the station would introduce a format that, while not yet chosen, would include news, weather, and sports content from WBOC-TV.[3] Draper also filed to change the station's call letters to WBOC-FM.[4] The sale was completed on November 10, 2015 at a purchase price of $650,000;[5] the change to WBOC-FM took effect at that time.[6] The station returned to the air on November 20,[7] and aired Christmas music without commercials through the holiday season.[8] WBOC-FM launched its eventual adult contemporary format on December 31, 2015.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-206. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rush, Don (August 18, 2015). "Last Broadcast Day for Joy! Radio". Delmarva Public Radio. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Northam, Mitchell (August 13, 2015). "WBOC makes radio waves with purchase of WOLC 102.5 FM". DelmarvaNow. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Resumption of Operations". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Venta, Lance (November 24, 2015). "WBOC-FM Salisbury Launches With Christmas Music". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (December 31, 2015). "WBOC-FM Salisbury Flips To AC". RadioInsight. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 

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