WPDC

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WPDC
WPDC AM1600 logo.jpg
CityElizabethtown, Pennsylvania
BrandingSweet 16 WPDC
Frequency1600 kHz
Translator(s)See § Translator
First air date1958
FormatOldies
Classic Top 40
Power1,000 watts (day)
18 watts (night)
ClassD
Facility ID32974
Transmitter coordinates40°09′45.00″N 76°34′36.00″W / 40.1625000°N 76.5766667°W / 40.1625000; -76.5766667 (WPDC) (NAD27)
Former callsignsWEZN (1957-1964)
WHRY (1964-1969)
WEPN (1969-1971)
AffiliationsSRN News
OwnerJVJ Communications, Inc.

WPDC (1600 AM, "Sweet 16 WPDC") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to serve Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by JVJ Communications, Inc. and airs a Oldies/Classic Top 40 format.

History[edit]

On March 15, 1955, Colonial Broadcasting Company applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a construction permit for a new 500 watt daytime-only AM station on 1600 kHz.[1] The FCC granted the permit on August 1, 1957, by which time the station had been assigned the WEZN callsign.[1] On October 31, 1958, the FCC granted the station its first license.[1]

The station went through many changes in ownership from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. On August 1, 1961, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to WEZN, Inc. The sale consummated on August 9, 1961.[1] The FCC granted another voluntary reassignment of the license to Hershey Broadcasting Company, Inc. on November 4, 1963. The sale consummated on November 13, 1963. Following the sale, the call sign was changed to WHRY effective January 6, 1964.[1]

On March 13, 1969, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to East Penn Broadcasting Corporation. The sale consummated on March 27, 1969.[1] Following the sale, the call sign was changed to WEPN effective July 1, 1969.[1]

On September 22, 1970, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to Smith Communications, Inc.[1] Following the sale, the call sign was changed to WPDC effective February 1, 1971.[1]

On November 19, 1979, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to Eastern Broadcasting Corporation. The sale consummated on January 3, 1980.[1] This sale was followed by another voluntary reassignment of the license to Penn Broadcasting Corporation on February 25, 1980. The sale consummated on March 1, 1980.[1]

On September 20, 1984, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to JVJ Communications, Inc. The sale consummated on December 7, 1984.[2]

On March 3, 2006, the FCC granted the station a construction permit to change the location of the studio and transmitter and to change to 24-hour operation with a daytime power of 1,000 watts and a nighttime power of 18 watts.[3] The FCC granted the station a new license with the new facilities on March 26, 2009.[4]

On September 18, 2014, JVJ Communications, Inc. filed a "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA" form with the FCC to take the station silent. The reason given was that "[t]he station has run out of money and cannot afford to broadcast at this time." The FCC granted the request on October 15, 2014.[5] The station resumed broadcasting when JVJ Communications, Inc. filed a "Resumption of Operations" form with the FCC on December 17, 2014 stating that "[t]he station is operating pursuant to its license."[6]

On December 4, 2017, JVJ Communications, Inc. applied to the FCC for a construction permit to build an FM translator. The FCC granted the permit on January 12, 2018.[7] The permit specifies that the translator's facilities will include a new tower at the WPDC transmitter site.[8] As a result, on November 13, 2018 JVJ Communications, Inc. applied to the FCC for a construction permit for WPDC to substitute the new tower for the currently used AM antenna tower, which will be decommissioned. The resulting required changes to the AM antenna will necessitate permanently reducing the nighttime power from 18 watts to 7 watts.[9] The FCC granted JVJ Communications, Inc. a new license for the translator on December 13, 2018.[10]

Translator[edit]

WPDC programming is simulcast on the following translator:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W271DA 102.1 Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 201338 140 55 m (180 ft) D 40°09′45.0″N 76°34′36.0″W / 40.162500°N 76.576667°W / 40.162500; -76.576667 (W271DA) (NAD27) FCC


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History Cards for WPDC". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  2. ^ "ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE [WPDC]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. September 20, 1984. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  3. ^ "MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY [WPDC]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. November 2, 2005. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  4. ^ "LICENSE TO COVER [WPDC]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations - Request for Silent STA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. September 18, 2014. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  6. ^ "Resumption of Operations". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. December 17, 2014. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  7. ^ "ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT [W271DA]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. December 4, 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ "APPLICATION FOR AN FM TRANSLATOR OR FM BOOSTER STATION LICENSE". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. December 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  9. ^ "MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY [WPDC]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. November 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  10. ^ "LICENSE TO COVER [W271DA]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. December 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-20.

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