WVTT

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WVTT
City Portville, New York
Broadcast area Olean, New York
Branding V96
Frequency 96.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 93.9 W230BO (Olean, relays HD2)
First air date 1985 (as WFRM-FM)
Format FM/HD1: CHR/Top 40
HD2: Talk radio
HD3: Classic Country "Eagle 99.1"
Audience share 1.6[1]
ERP 460 watts
HAAT 155 meters (509 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 21197
Callsign meaning Voice of the Twin Tiers
Former callsigns WFRM-FM (1985–2009)
WLMY (2009)
WBYB (2009–2011)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Premiere Networks
Owner Colonial Media and Entertainment
Sister stations WBYB, WXMT
Webcast Listen Live (HD2)
Listen Live (HD3)
Website www.twintiersnow.com
www.twintiersnow.com/eagle (HD2)

WVTT is an FM radio station licensed to Portville, New York. The station, broadcasting at 96.7 MHz, is owned by Colonial Radio Group and broadcasts a contemporary hit radio format as V96.

Prior to 2009, WVTT was licensed to Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

The station known today as WVTT signed on in 1985 as WFRM-FM, the sister station to AM 600 WFRM. It was owned by the Farm & Home Broadcasting Company and was a member of the Allegany Mountain Radio Network. Historically the station ran a satellite hot adult contemporary format, and during the mid-2000s simulcasted WQRM. During this time it was licensed to Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny Mountain Radio Network began disbanding in the mid-2000s. in 2008, shortly after applying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move the station to Portville. Backyard Broadcasting, owners of market leader WPIG, offered to buy the station, though the purchase eventually fell through (shortly after the failed sale to Backyard, that company also began divesting its radio interests). Colonial Radio Group, owners of WLMI and WXMT, followed with a lower bid, which was closed in July 2009.

Upon closing the deal, Colonial CEO Jeff Androlunis changed the call sign to WLMY (perhaps indicating a format similar to WLMI), then shortly to WBYB. Androlunis, upon signing on the signal, criticized WPIG's personality-driven format and use of classic country in its playlist, claiming he had done research that supported a new country station.(Backyard Broadcasting, shortly after this, parked the WLMY calls on a station of its own, a hot-AC station in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Colonial had owned a station in Williamsport at the time.)

Among WBYB's initial programming was the Midday Mayhem with Mindy Cunningham, a program formerly heard on WPIG. Cunningham has since left the station and is now at WGWE broadcasting under another name. Kerry Monroe, who previously hosted afternoon drive and moved to middays after Cunningham left, is also a former WPIG announcer. After about a year of simulcasting WLMI's morning show, WBYB began carrying its own morning show hosted by Androlunis and a co-host named "Sweet Tea." As of 2011, WBYB picked up the syndicated Bob and Sheri program in the morning. The other prominent host on WBYB was Casey Hill, also formerly of WPIG; Hill hosted middays before moving to WGWE, then retiring and relocating out of the area. The Lia Show aired evenings.

WBYB carried broadcasts of Allegany-Limestone Central School sports in 2010 while W237CS carried Smethport High School athletics. Neither was reprised in 2011.

WBYB's mascot during its run in country music was Bob the Builder.

Frequency swap, move to Portville and change to talk radio[edit]

WVTT's talk radio logo, still in use for 93.9

On October 19, 2011, WBYB's call signs were moved to FM 103.9 (then WVTT) in Kane, Pennsylvania.

From that point until the new WBYB was relocated to Eldred, Pennsylvania on May 16, 2013, WVTT and WBYB simulcast each other. The two stations joined Premiere Networks' talk radio network in January 2012. When WBYB moved to Eldred, it broke off from its simulcast and reverted to country music, a format that 103.9 had carried for nearly 30 years in Kane under the call sign WLMI.

Programming on WVTT (96.7), as of May 2013, included The War Room with Quinn and Rose, The Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Dave Ramsey Show. Although the network does not list its overnight programming, at last knowledge it was also carrying the Premiere lineup of America Now with Andy Dean and Coast to Coast AM. WVTT canceled its lone local program, Twin Tiers Morning News, on April 29, 2013, and effectively closed its newsroom; a smaller newsroom reopened in July. Weather forecasts are provided by the Radio Forecast Network. After Quinn and Rose was canceled in November 2013, WVTT revived its local morning show.

Change to top 40[edit]

In summer 2015, WVTT moved its talk radio programming to the HD2 channel and a lower-powered translator W230BO (93.9). The main signal switched to top 40/hot adult contemporary. (Eventually, the talk format was discontinued when 93.9 was sold to a Pennsylvania broadcaster.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Industry News: WYRK number one in Nielsen spring book". buffalobroadcasters.com. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 41°37′05″N 78°48′11″W / 41.618°N 78.803°W / 41.618; -78.803