WWKS

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WWKS
City Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
Branding Kiss 101.3
Slogan The Island's Best in Hits & Oldies
Frequency 101.3 FM (MHz)
First air date August 24, 1988
Format Urban Adult Contemporary
ERP 50,000 Watts
HAAT 374 meters (1228 feet)
Class B
Facility ID 31084
Transmitter coordinates 18°20′30″N 64°43′59″W / 18.34167°N 64.73306°W / 18.34167; -64.73306
Callsign meaning W W KisS
Former callsigns WDCM (1988-1996)
Owner Ackley Media Group
(GARK LLC)
Sister stations WVJZ, WVWI, WIVI
Website http://www.amg.vi/

WWKS (101.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands. The station is licensed to GARK LLC which is wholly owned by Gordon P. Ackley as part of the Ackley Media Group. It airs an Urban Adult Contemporary music format.[1]

The Federal Communications Commission assigned this station the call sign WDCM on August 24, 1988 which it held until switching to the current WWKS call letters on February 26, 1996.[2]

Awards[edit]

WWKS was chosen as ABC Radio Network's international affiliate of the year for 1999. ABC Radio representatives the station's "commitment to professional broadcasting" and cited "flawless coordination" of two live remote broadcasts of The Tom Joyner Morning Show that originated from the Virgin Islands.[3]

Ownership[edit]

GARK LLC, originally a partnership between Gordon Ackley and Randolph Knight, was acquired solely by Gordon Ackley in April 2006 when Ackley bought out Knight's 50% interest for an undisclosed sum.[4] GARK LLC is the licensee of WWKS as well as sister stations WVJZ and WVWI. Local press coverage pegged the sale price "in the neighborhood of $4.3 million" for the three-station combo.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fall 2007 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ Zalaznick, Matt (1999-06-28). "101.3 Wins 'Affiliate of the Year' Award". St. Thomas Source. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ BIA Financial Networks (2006-05-01). "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  5. ^ Pennington, Shaun A. (2006-04-28). "Knight to Sell Radio One, KISS and JAMZ". St. Thomas Source. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 

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