WVOM-FM

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WVOM-FM
The Voice of Maine logo.png
City of license Bangor, Maine
Frequency 103.9
First air date Early 1990s
Format news/talk
ERP 90,000 watts
HAAT 460 meters
Class C
Callsign meaning W Voice Of Maine
Former callsigns WSNV
Owner Blueberry Broadcasting
Website http://www.wvomfm.com

WVOM-FM is an FM radio station located at 103.9 MHz, owned by Blueberry Broadcasting. WVOM and the other 16 Clear Channel stations in Maine were sold in August 2008 to Maine-based Blueberry Broadcasting which is headed by Louis Vitale and Bruce Biette. Known as The Voice of Maine News/Talk Network, The station serves the eastern Maine counties of Penobscot, Waldo, Washington, Hancock, and Piscataquis from its studios located in Bangor, Maine. It is also simulcast on WVQM (101.3 FM) in Augusta and WVOM (1450 AM) in Rockland, which extend WVOM-FM's programming to the capital and coastal region. The station offers a combination of locally produced news programming and syndicated talk programming. The station operates at 100,000 watts.

Current programming[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

WVOM-FM airs a local morning drive program co-hosted by George Hale and Ric Tyler. Syndicated programming includes The Glenn Beck Radio Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Howie Carr Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, and Coast to Coast AM.

Weekend[edit]

Saturday 7-10am Hot and Cold a home improvement program hosted by Tom Gocze with Dr. Dick Hill It is WVOM's longest running local program and originated in the 1989 on then-talk station WZON. Hill was a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Maine for over 46 years. A TV show is also carried on Maine Public Broadcasting Network, after being carried for many years on WVII/WFVX-LD. Gocze and Hill also write columns for the Bangor Daily News. In 2008 Hill scaled back his time on the program to the last hour of the program.

Sunday 2pm-4pm Back To Business, a program designed to provide advice to Eastern Maine's small business community. The program is hosted by Deb Neuman of the University of Maine's Target Technology Incubator. Ms. Neuman was recently awarded Small Business Journalist of the Year for Maine and New England by the US Small Business Administration. The show also has received a commendation from the United States Senate in September 2006. Until WVOM picked up University of Maine sports, the show aired on Saturday afternoons in the same timeslot.

Weekend syndicated programming includes The Kim Komando Show, The Car Doctor with Ron Ananian, Bob Brinker's Moneytalk, Coast to Coast AM and the Best of Glenn Beck.

Local weekend programming includes The Woof Meow Show hosted by Don Hanson and Kate Dutra of Green Acres Kennel Shop. The show focuses on educating pet parents about their dogs and cats. Topics in the past have included: Dealing with a Barking Dog, Picking the Perfect Pet, Insurance Issues for Pets, Acupuncture for Pets, Pet Nutrition, Litter Box Training and many others. Past guests on the show have been Pat Miller, Joel Walton, Steve Brown, Dr. Mark Hanks, Dr. David Cloutier Dr. Judy Herman, Suzan Bell and nutritionists from various pet food companies. A listing of past shows can be found at the Green Acres Kennel Shop website at: http://www.greenacreskennel.com/woof-meow-show/past-shows.

Past programming[edit]

  • Tom and Charlie Show: Original morning show hosted by Tom Morelli and Charlie Horne from 1995 to 2000. Originally carried from 6 to 10 am. Later, when Dr. Laura was moved to the 9 am time slot, the morning show was moved back to 6 to 9 am. In 1995, the Maine In The Morning Show went on the air in 12th place in the market. They ended up tied for third a few years later, and maintained those ratings until Morelli left in June, 2000. Horne was let go three years later, after being paired with several other hosts. The live coverage of the Ice Storm of 1998 was the high point of the morning show, and many details of this event were written about in a book.
  • Lars Larson, dropped in favor of Sean Hannity, later brought back after WVOM began simulcasting on WKCG (now WVQM). Show was previously carried on WCME which switched to WKCG's adult contemporary format.
  • Maine Black Bears Sports (shared with WGUY). WVOM and WGUY were the flagship station for the 2007 & 2008 seasons. WVOM carried football, and hockey while then sister station WGUY carried men's and women's college basketball as well as select baseball and softball games[1] Previous to the fall of 2007, the long-time home of University of Maine sports was ESPN Radio affiliate WZON, however the university's student run radio station WMEB will continue to carry home sports games, with their own announcers as they did during the WZON days. With WGUY being sold, and sister station WWBX changing formats to sports, partially simulcasting Boston-based station WEEI, all game broadcasts moved to WWBX (now known as WAEI and simulcasted on WABI) starting with the 2008 ice hockey season. WVOM however still carries the coaches interview shows.

References[edit]

bostonradio.org Radio history of Maine 1971-1996, also an audio collection and weekly columns.

  1. ^ Black Bear Radio Agreement To Move Flagship Station And Expand Network

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°07′48″N 68°21′25″W / 45.130°N 68.357°W / 45.130; -68.357