WDEL-FM
CityCanton, New Jersey
Broadcast areaWilmington, Delaware
Frequency101.7 MHz
BrandingWDEL 101.7 FM 1150 AM
Programming
FormatNews/Talk (WDEL simulcast)
AffiliationsCBS Radio News
Westwood One Network
SB Nation Radio Network
Ownership
OwnerForever Media
(FM Radio Licenses, LLC)
WAFL (FM), WDEL, WXCY, WSTW, WXCY-FM, WAVD, WCHK-FM, WXDE, WNCL
History
First air date
January 15, 1972 (as WNNN)
Former call signs
WNNN (1972–1997)
WJKS (1997–2015)
Call sign meaning
DELaware (from parent station WDEL)
Technical information
Facility ID51136
ClassA
ERP3,300 watts
HAAT91 meters (299 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°25′53.6″N 75°20′12.0″W / 39.431556°N 75.336667°W / 39.431556; -75.336667 (WDEL-FM)Coordinates: 39°25′53.6″N 75°20′12.0″W / 39.431556°N 75.336667°W / 39.431556; -75.336667 (WDEL-FM)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewdel.com

WDEL-FM (101.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station licensed to serve Canton, New Jersey. It simulcasts the news/talk format of co-owned AM 1150 WDEL, based in Wilmington, Delaware. As of May 20, 2019 WDEL-AM-FM is owned and operated by the Forever Media. It was previously owned by Delmarva Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of Steinman Enterprises, a family-owned newspaper, broadcasting and mining company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The station's FM transmitter is located on Macanippuck Road in Greenwich Township.[1] But the signal extends from South Jersey into Northern Delaware, allowing listeners in the Wilmington area to hear WDEL's programming on FM as well as AM. Studios and offices are located on Shipley Road in Wilmington.

Programming and Sports

WDEL-AM-FM airs local talk and information shows as well as nationally syndicated talk shows, including Dave Ramsey, Jim Bohannon, Red Eye Radio and America in the Morning. On weekends, WDEL-AM-FM airs shows devoted to money, sports, real estate, home repair, gardening and religion, including some paid brokered programming. Syndicated programming on weekends includes Clark Howard, Ric Edelman and Motley Fool. World and national news is supplied by CBS Radio News.

WDEL-AM-FM carries Philadelphia Phillies baseball, Philadelphia Eagles football, plus other local and national sports. WDEL-AM-FM airs Wesley College football and numerous New Castle County high school football and basketball games. On weekends, WDEL-AM-FM also carries some sports programming from the SB Nation Radio Network.

History

On January 15, 1972, the station signed on as WNNN. It carried Christian programming, including preaching shows and religious music. By March 1989 the station had adopted the slogan of "Win 101.7."

QC Communications purchased the station on July 1, 1997, for $1.8 million.[2] It briefly adopted a middle of the road (MOR) music format. On October 1, 1997, the station switched to urban adult contemporary music as "Kiss 101.7," using the call sign WJKS.[3] In December 2014, QC Communications announced it would sell WJKS to Delmarva Broadcasting.[4] As the license transfer was being completed, Delmarva began a local marketing agreement (LMA) to take over the running of WJKS, effective January 1, 2015.

On April 1, 2015 at 10:02PM, Delmarva flipped WJKS to a simulcast of News/Talk 1150 WDEL.[5][6][7] A call sign change to WDEL-FM took effect the next day.[8] (In the 1950s and 60s, the WDEL-FM call letters had been used on 93.7 WSTW, which is co-owned with WDEL-AM-FM.)

The sale to Delmarva Broadcasting was consummated on June 30, 2015, at a price of $3.25 million for WDEL-FM and sister station AM 1510 WFAI, which airs urban contemporary gospel music.

Forever Media bought Delmarva Broadcasting in early 2019 for $18.5-million. The deal closed on May 20, 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WDEL-FM
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1998 page D-280
  3. ^ "New Jersey FM Radio History" from radiohistory.com
  4. ^ "FCC Application"
  5. ^ "Wake Up With WDEL Now At 101.7FM" from wdel.com (April 2, 2015)
  6. ^ "WDEL To Get Simulcast" from Radio World (March 31, 2015)
  7. ^ "WJKS to Become WDEL Simulcast" from Radio Insight (March 26, 2015)
  8. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 4, 2015.