WRBT

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For the television station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that previously used the WRBT callsign, see WVLA-TV.
WRBT
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CityHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
BrandingBob 94-9
Slogan"Harrisburg's #1 For New Country"
Frequency94.9 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
94.9 HD-2 for "Amy" (adult album alternative)
First air dateSeptember 30, 1962
FormatCountry
ERP25,000 Watts Horizontal,
24,500 watts Vertical
HAAT201 meters
ClassB
Facility ID54019
Transmitter coordinates40°18′57.96″N 76°56′59.8914″W / 40.3161000°N 76.949969833°W / 40.3161000; -76.949969833
Callsign meaningW R o B er T (proper name for Bob)
Former callsignsWMSP (1962-1988)
WHKS (1988)
WWKL (1988-1995)
WYMJ (1995-1997)
OwneriHeartMedia, Inc.
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stationsWRVV, WHKF, WHP, WTKT
Websitebob949.com

WRBT (94.9 MHz Bob 94.9) is a country music radio station broadcasting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and broadcasts with a power of 25 kilowatts from a transmitter site in Enola, Pennsylvania.

WRBT broadcasts in the HD Radio format.[1]

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on September 30, 1962, then owned by the Market Square Presbyterian Church, hence the original call letters WMSP. It was run as a volunteer radio station, parishioners volunteered to do air shifts, broadcasting a Classical Music format. The station was sold in 1988 to Barnstable Broadcasting, who changed the format to a bland Adult Contemporary first, then an Oldies format, KOOL 94.9. In 1995, Barnstable switched formats and call letters with its 99.3 signal, turning the 94.9 signal into WYMJ Magic 94.9. The generic mix format never did well and Barnstable put all of its Harrisburg market stations for sale in late 1996.

In 1997, the sale was consummated with Dame Media the call letters were changed to WRBT and Dame launched the country format that is heard on the radio today.

Brad Chambers (from KPLX in Dallas) was hired as the program director. Bob 94.9 was well received in the community. Through hard work and many promotions, remote broadcasts and other local involvement, it took over the "top country spot" from (Cat Country 106.7). The original staff with the station was as follows:

  • Mornings: Todd Jeffers, Nancy Ryan, Allen Willis (Nancy & Buzz 1999-2001)
  • Mid-days: Shelly Easton (at Cat Country 96 in Allentown, Pa)
  • Afternoons: Brad Chambers, PD (now working in Los Angeles)
  • Evenings: Wes & Ang (Wes is John Beaston on the morning show on Wink 104, and Ang is currently the morning show co-host at the Beach 96.5 in Corpus Christi, TX)
  • Overnights: "After Midnite" With Blair Garner (show still on the station)

On-air personalities[edit]

  • Nancy Ryan
  • Newman
  • Holly Love
  • Jeff Hurley
  • Bob Hauer

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=65 HD Radio Guide for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  1. 1979 Broadcasting Year book, page C-186

External links[edit]