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WGGY
Broadcast areaWilkes-Barre - Scranton - Northeastern Pennsylvania
Frequency101.3 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingFroggy 101
Programming
FormatCountry
SubchannelsHD2: Spanish hits ("La Mega 95")
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1948; 76 years ago (1948)
Former call signs
WGBI-FM (1948–1993)
Call sign meaning
"FroGGY"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID36202
ClassB
ERP7,000 watts (analog)
280 watts (digital)[2]
HAAT365 meters (1,198 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°25′38.2″N 75°44′51.6″W / 41.427278°N 75.747667°W / 41.427278; -75.747667 (WGGY)
Repeater(s)See § Simulcasts and repeaters
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/froggy101

WGGY (101.3 MHz, "Froggy 101") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Scranton, Pennsylvania, and serves the Wilkes-Barre--Scranton radio market. It broadcasts a country radio format and is owned by Audacy, Inc. The studios are on Pennsylvania Route 315 in Pittston.

WGGY is a Class B station. It has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 7,000 watts. The transmitter tower is on Beacon Drive in Clark's Summit, off Interstate 476.[3] WGGY broadcasts using HD Radio technology. It airs a Spanish hits format on its HD2 subchannel. To improve its signal, WGGY is heard on three booster stations at 101.3 MHz around Northeast Pennsylvania.

History

WGBI-FM

WGGY was one of the earliest FM stations in Northeast Pennsylvania. It signed on the air on Christmas day, December 25, 1948; 75 years ago (1948-12-25). Its original call sign was WGBI-FM, the sister station to WGBI 910 AM (now WAAF).[4] At first, they mostly simulcast their programming and were owned by Scranton Broadcasters, Inc. The two stations were network affiliates of CBS Radio, airing the CBS line-up of dramas, comedies, news, sports, game shows, soap operas and big band broadcasts during the "Golden Age of Radio." As network programming moved from radio to television in the 1950s, WGBI-AM-FM aired a middle of the road format of popular adult music, news and sports, still as CBS affiliates.

By the 1970s, WGBI-FM began airing separate programming. It subscribed to the syndicated "Hit Parade" adult top 40 service. The station was mostly automated with a pre-recorded announcer giving the artists and names of the songs played, with weather and other info. Eventually live DJs were added. Around 1990, the station changed course, flipping to a country music format and calling itself "Froggy 101."

WGGY

In 1993, the station switched its call letters. To reflect its moniker, Froggy 101, it changed its call sign to WGGY, with the final three letters as part of the word "Froggy."

Froggy 101 received national attention through the NBC sitcom, The Office. A Froggy 101 bumper sticker was displayed on a filing cabinet beside Dwight Schrute's desk and at the reception desk.[5][6]

In the early 2000s, programming on WGGY 101.3 was simulcast on WGGI 95.9 to give a better signal to listeners in the Columbia County area of Northeast Pennsylvania. On September 26, 2017, Entercom (forerunner of Audacy) announced a divestment of three stations (WGGI, KSOQ-FM and KSWD) to the Educational Media Foundation (EMF) as part of Entercom's merger with CBS Radio. It needed to comply with FCC ownership rules in the Wilkes Barre--Scranton market, as well as San Diego and Los Angeles. The FCC approved the sale of all three stations on November 2.[7] The announcement stated that upon the closing of the acquisition, EMF would flip WGGI to its K-Love network which airs contemporary Christian music. Parent station WGGY 101.3 would remain unchanged.[8] EMF changed WGGI's call sign to WKBP on November 16.[9]

In 2019, “The Doc Show with Jessie”, WGGY's morning program, was a finalist for the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards.[10] It competed in the "Medium Market" category. The show is now hosted by "Doc" (Ken Medek) and "Chewy" (Sean Medek), a rare father-son radio morning team.[11]

Booster stations

WGGY's programming is simulcast on booster stations WGGY-FM1,[12] WGGY-FM2[13] and WGGY-FM3.[14] Until November 16, 2017, the programming was also simulcast on full-power WGGI (95.9 FM).

Broadcast translators for WGGY
Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
WGGY-FM1 101.3 FM Honesdale, Pennsylvania 91317 50 m (23 ft) D 41°34′45.3″N 75°15′7.6″W / 41.579250°N 75.252111°W / 41.579250; -75.252111 (WGGY-FM1) LMS
WGGY-FM2 101.3 FM East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 190777 2 254 m (833 ft) D 41°02′39.6″N 75°22′37.7″W / 41.044333°N 75.377139°W / 41.044333; -75.377139 (WGGY-FM2) LMS
WGGY-FM3 101.3 FM Hazleton, Pennsylvania 203403 250 177 m (581 ft) D 41°58′9.3″N 75°57′26.7″W / 41.969250°N 75.957417°W / 41.969250; -75.957417 (WGGY-FM3) LMS
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References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WGGY". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "FCC 335-FM Digital Notification [WGGY]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. July 20, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WGGY
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 263. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  5. ^ Marchese, John (October 21, 2007). "Scranton Embraces the 'Office' Infamy". The New York Times. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Lussier, Germain (September 21, 2007). "'The Office' Fanatic's Guide to Scranton". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Entercom Announces Agreement To Divest Stations In Los Angeles, San Diego & Wilkes-Barre To Educational Media Foundation | FMQB". fmqb.name. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Trakin, Roy (September 26, 2017). "Entercom Sells Three Stations as CBS Radio Merger Nears Completion". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ InsideRadio.com "CMA Station of the Year Awards" Aug. 28, 2019. Retrieved Dec. 18, 2023
  11. ^ InsideRadio.com "Sean Chewy Medek" Aug. 22, 2022. Retrieved Dec. 18, 2023.
  12. ^ "FM Query Results for WGGY-FM1". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "FM Query Results for WGGY-FM2". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "FM Query Results for WGGY-FM3". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 25, 2020.