|Broadcast area||South Central Pennsylvania (Lancaster-York-Harrisburg)|
|Slogan||More Music, Less Talk
The Christmas Station (Nov.-Dec.)
|Frequency||101.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1944 (as WGAL-FM)|
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
|ERP||7,400 watts (analog)
74 watts (digital)
|HAAT||379 meters (1,243 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W ROZe (Rose, previous branding)|
|Former callsigns||WGAL-FM (1944-1977)
|Sister stations||WLPA (AM), WONN-FM|
WROZ (101.3 FM, "fun 101.3") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Hall Communications and broadcasts an adult contemporary format. WROZ switches to all Christmas music from mid-November until December 26th each year.
WROZ's studios and offices are located off Route 283 at 1996 Auction Road in Manheim. Its antenna is on the WGAL-TV broadcast tower located in Hellam Township, York County at ( ). WROZ was once co-owned with WGAL-TV.
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In 1944, the station signed on as WGAL-FM, the first FM station in South Central Pennsylvania. (WHP in Harrisburg would put an FM station on the air two years later.) WGAL-FM was a sister station to 1490 WGAL (now WLPA). In 1949, the region's first TV station also went on the air, WGAL-TV. The three stations were owned by the Steinman Family, which also owned two local daily newspapers, the Intelligencer Journal and the Lancaster New Era. At first WGAL-FM simulcast its AM counterpart. But in the 1970s, it switched to beautiful music, a format of soft instrumentals with limited talk and commercials. It competed with several other beautiful music outlets, including 97.3 WHP-FM in Harrisburg (now WRVV) and 103.3 WSBA-FM in York (now WARM-FM).
In April 1977, WGAL-FM's call sign was changed to WNCE. The station's branding was changed to "Nice 101." The station's easy listening format was not changed. But as the 1980s were ending, most easy listening stations around the country were trying to update their sound. WSBA-FM in nearby York had switched to soft adult contemporary WARM-FM. WNCE began adding more vocals to its playlist.
In 1992, the easy listening format on 101.3 came to an end. The station changed its call sign from WNCE to WROZ. That was coupled with a switch to soft adult contemporary music, rebranding as "The Rose." WHP-FM in nearby Harrisburg also left the easy listening format, switching to Rock AC as WRVV "The River."
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, WROZ switched branding from "The Rose" to "fun 101.3," with a move to a more uptempo AC sound. In addition, it promised to play "Always Six Songs In a Row Always."
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WROZ
- Radio-Locator information on WROZ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WROZ