WRKI

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WRKI
WRKI Radio Logo.jpg
CityBrookfield, Connecticut
Broadcast areaBrookfield-Danbury, Connecticut
BrandingI-95
SloganThe Home Of Rock 'n' Roll, non stop classic rock.
Frequency95.1 MHz
Repeater(s)95.1 WRKI-FM1, Norwalk
95.1 WRKI-FM2, Bridgeport
First air dateJuly 14, 1957 (1957-07-14) (as WGHF)
FormatClassic rock
ERP29,500 watts
HAAT194 meters (636 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID15391
Transmitter coordinates41°29′36″N 73°25′44″W / 41.4934°N 73.4290°W / 41.4934; -73.4290Coordinates: 41°29′36″N 73°25′44″W / 41.4934°N 73.4290°W / 41.4934; -73.4290
Callsign meaningW RK (Rock) I (branding, I-95)
Former callsignsWGHF (1957-1970)
WINE-FM (1970-1976)
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Danbury License, LLC)
Sister stationsWINE, WDBY, WPUT
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.i95rock.com

WRKI (95.1 FM, "I-95") is a Classic rock radio station licensed to Brookfield, Connecticut. The station is owned by Townsquare Media and its studios and transmitter are located at 1004 Federal Rd in Brookfield, Connecticut.

History[edit]

The 95.1 frequency was licensed as WGHF from 1957 through 1970.[1] Sister station WINE signed on in 1963 as a 50% simulcast of WGHF. In 1970, the call sign was changed to WINE-FM and remained that way until 1976. [2]

The station known as "I-95" (which takes its name from Interstate 95) signed on playing Album Oriented Rock at 6PM on December 24, 1976. The first song played was "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John. The station's original slogan was "Fairfield County's Best Rock." In 1982 the station had a brief detour into Modern Rock and New Wave as "The Rock Of The 80s" but soon returned to its rock roots. The station has also been known as "The Non-Stop Rock Station", "Connecticut's Best Rock & Roll", "Connecticut's Rock & Roll Favorites", "Real Rock" and "Danbury's Rock Station" but has most consistently been and currently known as "The Home Of Rock 'n' Roll."

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus Media stations, including WRKI, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus Media's acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare Media and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. Upon Townsquare taking control of I95. They flipped to classic rock and put the station in its ultimate classic rock family. Unlike several Townsquare radio stations WRKI keeps most of their local disc jockeys.[3][4] The sale to Townsquare Media was completed on November 14, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook, 1960
  2. ^ "WRKI (WINE-FM)". hartfordradiohistory.com.
  3. ^ "Official: Cumulus Media Buys Dial Global, Spins Some Stations To Townsquare Media ; Peak Stations Sold To Townsquare Media, Fresno Spun To Cumulus Media". All Access. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cumulus Media Makes Dial Global And Townsquare Media Deals Official". RadioInsight. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Cumulus-Townsquare-Peak Deal Closes". All Access. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.

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