WPIR

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WPIR
City Hickory, North Carolina
Slogan Joy FM
Frequency 88.1 MHz
Format Southern Gospel
ERP 26,500 watts
HAAT 77.0 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 53091
Transmitter coordinates 35°43′34.00″N 81°8′52.00″W / 35.7261111°N 81.1477778°W / 35.7261111; -81.1477778
Former callsigns WUDD (11/19/1984 - 12/27/1984)
WPAR (12/27/1984 - 07/11/1997)[1]
Owner Positive Alternative Radio, Inc.
Website joyfm.org

WPIR (88.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Southern Gospel format. Licensed to Hickory, North Carolina, USA. The station is currently owned by Positive Alternative Radio, Inc.

The station uses the identifier of "Joy FM". It has a number of repeater frequencies located as far north as Kentucky.

History[edit]

This station signed on in Claremont, North Carolina on November 19, 1984 as WUDD, later on December 27, of that same year, 1984, they changed to WPAR, with a Contemporary Christian music format.

In 1989, Don Lee was general manager of WPAR and WCXN, which played Southern gospel music.[2]

In August 1993, DJ and area minister Robert Barnette was one of the top five DJs at medium-market Southern gospel stations, according to The Singing News Magazine, and he was up for top DJ nationwide. At the time, WPAR sponsored gospel singing evenings which sold out.[3]

In 1999 and 2000, Joy FM of Winston-Salem, also heard on WXRI and WTJY, was named National Southern Gospel Station of the Year by the Southern Gospel Music Association.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ Joseph Galarneau, "Religion Via Airwaves: More Listeners Tune in Christian Radio Stations," The Charlotte Observer, November 15, 1989.
  3. ^ Monte Mitchell, "Gospel Radio DJ Touches Fans' Hearts and Souls," The Charlotte Observer, August 8, 1993.
  4. ^ "Business Milestones," Winston-Salem Journal, June 7, 1999.
  5. ^ "Business Milestones," Winston-Salem Journal, June 5, 2000.

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