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WTBO 97.9-1450Oldies logo.png
CityCumberland, Maryland
Broadcast areaCumberland, Maryland
Frostburg, Maryland
Keyser, West Virginia
Branding97.9/1450 WTBO
SloganThe Best Oldies
Frequency1450 kHz
Translator(s)97.9 W250CM (Cumberland)
105.7 W289BR (Cumberland)
First air dateDecember 13, 1928[1]
Power1,000 watts day and night
Facility ID74082
Transmitter coordinates39°38′45.0″N 78°45′8.0″W / 39.645833°N 78.752222°W / 39.645833; -78.752222
Callsign meaningThe Best Oldies
OwnerForever Media
(FM Radio Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWFRB, WFRB-FM, WRQE
WebcastWTBO Webstream
WebsiteWTBO Online

WTBO is an oldies formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Cumberland, Maryland, serving Cumberland and Frostburg in Maryland and Keyser in West Virginia.[2] WTBO is owned and operated by Forever Media.[3]


On December 13, 1928, WTBO signed on for the first time.[1][4]

On December 26, 2006, Chazz Offutt collapsed and died, at the age of 66, during his daily morning show on WTBO and sister-station WFRB.[5]

On April 1, 2015, WTBO (after six hours of stunting with various versions of "Proud Mary") changed their format to Adult Contemporary, branded as "105.7 The River".[6] WTBO and sister stations WFRB, WFRB-FM, and WKGO were sold by Dix Communications to Forever Media for $4 million on September 3, 2015.[7][8] On March 8, 2016 WTBO changed their format to top 40/CHR, branded as "Happy 105-7".[9] As with many other stations owned by Forever their programming comes from Westwood One Hot AC Local.

On April 18, 2018 WTBO changed their format from hot adult contemporary to oldies, branded as "The Best Oldies".[10]


In addition to the main station, WTBO is relayed by two FM translators to widen its broadcast area.[11]

Broadcast translators of WTBO
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W250CM 97.9 Cumberland, Maryland 201298 250 0 m (0 ft) D FCC
W289BR 105.7 Cumberland, Maryland 71867 100 0 m (0 ft) D FCC


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  1. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-267. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "WTBO Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Sawyers, Michael A. (December 27, 2006). "Radio personality dies". Cumberland Times-News. Cumberland, Maryland: Community Newspaper Holdings. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (April 6, 2015). "River Launches In Cumberland". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Venta, Lance (August 30, 2015). "Forever Media Acquires Cumberland, MD Cluster". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Deal Digest for Thursday, September 3, 2015". InsideRadio. September 3, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (March 8, 2016). "Forever Gets Happy in Cumberland". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  10. ^ WTBO Flips to Oldies Radioinsight - April 18, 2018
  11. ^ "W289BR Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 8, 2015.

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