WROZ

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WROZ
WROZ fun101.3 logo.png
City Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area South Central Pennsylvania (Lancaster-York-Harrisburg)
Branding Fun 101.3
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)
Format Adult contemporary
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 7,400 watts (analog)
74 watts (digital)[1]
HAAT 379 meters (1,243 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 25865
Callsign meaning W ROZe (Rose, previous branding)
Former callsigns WGAL-FM (1944-1977)
WNCE (1977-11/15/1992)
Owner Hall Communications
Sister stations WLPA (AM), WONN-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.fun1013.com

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 (40°02′4.0″N 76°37′7.0″W / 40.034444°N 76.618611°W / 40.034444; -76.618611).[2][3] WROZ was once co-owned with WGAL-TV.

History[edit]

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.[4][5] 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 March 1976, Steinman Stations sold WGAL-FM, along with WGAL (AM) and WGAL-TV, to Hall Communications for $850,000.[6]

In April 1977, WGAL-FM's call sign was changed to WNCE. The station's branding was changed to "Nice 101."[7] The station's easy listening format was not changed.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] That was coupled with a switch to soft adult contemporary music, rebranding as "The Rose."[11] WHP-FM in nearby Harrisburg also left the easy listening format, switching to Rock AC as WRVV "The River."[12]

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, WROZ switched branding from "The Rose" to "fun 101.3," with a move to a more uptempo AC sound.[11] In addition, it promised to play "Always Six Songs In a Row Always."

Christmas Music[edit]

WROZ changes format to all Christmas music each year in mid-November and re-brands as "The Christmas Station."[13] It returns to its regular AC format on December 26th.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OF BROADCAST STATION LICENSE, Exhibit 15 [WROZ]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. January 30, 2014. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  2. ^ "FM Query Results for WROZ". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  3. ^ "TV Query Results for WGAL". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  4. ^ "The National Broadcasting Company Radio Affiliates". Billboard. Lancaster, PA. December 1, 1951. p. 50. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  5. ^ "WGAL 30 Years of Public Service". Billboard. Lancaster, PA. June 7, 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. Washington, DC. March 29, 1976. p. 37. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Readers' Reports and FM Industry News" (PDF). VHF-UHF Digest. Worldwide TV-FM DX Association: 10. May 1977. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  8. ^ "New Call Letters". Billboard. Lancaster, PA. April 2, 1977. p. 33. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1991 page B-288
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (May 13, 2015). "WROZ Completes Fun Relaunch". radioinsight.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  11. ^ a b Negley, Erin (May 15, 2015). "WROZ changes format to Fun 101.3". lancasteronline.com. LNP. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  12. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1993 page B-302
  13. ^ Frankows, Megan (November 20, 2014). "Too early for Christmas music? Susquehanna Valley radio station now playing it". wgal.com. LNP. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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Coordinates: 40°02′06″N 76°37′08″W / 40.035°N 76.619°W / 40.035; -76.619