WKSB
WKSB KISS 102.7 logo.png
Broadcast areaCentral Pennsylvania
Frequency102.7 MHz
BrandingKISS 102-7
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatHot AC
Ownership
Owner
WBYL, WBLJ-FM, WRKK, WRAK, WVRT, WVRZ
History
First air date
April 1, 1948 (as WRAK-FM at 100.3)
Former call signs
WRAK-FM (1944–1980)
Former frequencies
47.7 MHz (1944–1945) (CP)
92.5 MHz (1945–1947) (CP)
100.3 MHz (1947–1959)
Technical information
Facility ID15326
ClassB
ERP53,000 watts
HAAT387 meters (1,270 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
41°11′21.30″N 76°58′51.90″W / 41.1892500°N 76.9810833°W / 41.1892500; -76.9810833
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitekiss1027fm.iheart.com

WKSB (102.7 FM, "Kiss 102-7") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., through licensee iHM Licenses, LLC, and broadcasts a hot adult contemporary format. Its broadcast tower is located on Bald Eagle Mountain south of Williamsport at (41°11′24.7″N 76°58′46.2″W / 41.190194°N 76.979500°W / 41.190194; -76.979500).[1]

WKSB is a grandfathered “superpower” station. The station’s effective radiated power (ERP) exceeds the maximum limit allowed for a Class B FM station, and is also far above the maximum allowable ERP for its antenna height above average terrain (HAAT) according to current FCC rules.[2][3]

History

On May 29, 1944, WRAK, Inc. applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new FM station on 47.7 MHz on the original 42-50 MHz FM broadcast band.[4] On June 27, 1945, the FCC created the current FM broadcast band.[5] On November 21, 1945, the FCC granted the construction permit by which time the commission had assigned the WRAK-FM call sign to the station. On that same day, the commission reassigned the station to 92.5 MHz and WRAK, Inc. applied for a new construction permit for operation on the new frequency. On February 27, 1947, the FCC reassigned the station to 100.3 MHz and modified the construction permit. The FCC granted the station authority to begin broadcasting on February 26, 1948 followed by its first license on August 13, 1948.[4]

On September 15, 1956, the station's license was voluntarily reassigned to WGAL, Inc. The sale consummated on February 6, 1957.[4]

On October 30, 1959, the FCC granted WGAL, Inc. a new construction permit for operation on 102.7 MHz. The permit allowed the station to increase its effective radiated power (ERP) to 53,000 watts with an antenna height above average terrain (HAAT) of 1,260 feet. On August 1, 1962, the station's license and construction permit were voluntarily reassigned to Wright Mackey Corporation. The sale consummated on November 8, 1962. The FCC granted the station a new license with the new facilities, while increasing the HAAT to 1,270 feet, on August 1, 1963.[4]

On March 7, 1979, the station's license was voluntarily reassigned to Stainless Broadcasting Company. The FCC approved the sale on September 13, 1979. Following the sale, the call sign was changed to WKSB on February 19, 1980.[4]

former logo
former logo

References

  1. ^ "FM Query Results for WKSB". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
  2. ^ "FM Broadcast Station Classes and Service Contours". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  3. ^ Smith, D. (July 5, 2013). "Superpower FMs". w9wi.com. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  4. ^ a b c d e "History Cards for WKSB". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  5. ^ "In the Matter of Allocation of Frequencies to the Various Class of Non-Governmental Services in the Radio Spectrum from 10 Kilocycles to 30,000,000 Kilocycles (Docket No. 6651)" (PDF). fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. June 27, 1945. Retrieved 2018-04-07.