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WMAS-FM
Broadcast areaSpringfield metropolitan area; Pioneer Valley
Frequency94.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding94.7 WMAS
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatAdult contemporary
SubchannelsHD2: Country music (WHLL)
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1947; 76 years ago (1947)
Former call signs
  • WMAS-FM (1947–71)
  • WHVY (1971–73)
Call sign meaning
WMAS (1450 AM) founder Alfred S. Moffat; also regarded as standing for "Western Massachusetts"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID36543
ClassB
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT55 meters (180 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°06′32″N 72°36′40″W / 42.109°N 72.611°W / 42.109; -72.611
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/947wmas

WMAS-FM (94.7 MHz), branded 94.7 WMAS, is a commercial radio station licensed to Enfield, Connecticut, and serving the Springfield metropolitan area and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It broadcasts an adult contemporary radio format and is owned by Audacy, Inc.. In the evening, it carries Intelligence for Your Life with John Tesh. On Sunday mornings, it airs The Jim Brickman Show. The studios are at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

WMAS-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 50,000 watts, the maximum for most stations in Massachusetts. It uses a directional antenna and broadcasts from a shorter tower than most Springfield FM outlets to avoid interference with co-owned WXBK, also on 94.7 FM, in the New York City radio market. WMAS-FM's transmitter is in Springfield's Brightwood neighborhood, off Plainfield Avenue (U.S. Route 20) and near the Connecticut River.[1]

History

Early years

The station signed on the air in 1947; 76 years ago (1947). The original call sign was WMAS-FM, the FM counterpart of WMAS (1450 AM). Both stations were owned by WMAS, Inc. and mostly simulcast their programming.[2]

WMAS-FM was one of the first FM stations in Western Massachusetts. The studios were in the Hotel Stonehaven and the stations' city of license was Springfield.

Progressive rock and disco

The simulcast ended in the late 1960s. WMAS-FM became a "freeform" radio station, playing a progressive rock format. The programs were hosted by youthful disc jockeys (DJs) who could choose whatever they wanted to play. Advertising revenue came from the hippie boutiques, head shops, concert venues, and music stores that catered to the counter-cultural youth of the day.[citation needed]

This freeform radio format ended in September 1969 after complaints were made about expletives in a Wild Man Fischer song. A protest movement, in part organized by the DJs, failed to save the format. From 1971 to 1973, the station programmed a tamer album rock sound, using the call sign WHVY.[citation needed]

In the mid 1970s, the WMAS-FM call letters returned. Both the AM and FM stations were mostly simulcast once again, with a full service, middle of the road music format. In 1978, WMAS-FM hopped on the bandwagon of the disco music sound, although it was short-lived.[citation needed]

Adult contemporary

In 1979, WMAS-FM began airing a soft adult contemporary format, a forerunner of what the station is today.

Logo until August 2021

In June 2004, WMAS-AM-FM were sold to Citadel Broadcasting for $22 million;[3] In January 2011, WMAS-FM agreed to change its city of license from Springfield to Enfield, Connecticut, to facilitate the relocation of WPKX (97.9) from Enfield to Windsor Locks; the deal, which allowed Citadel to use a generator owned by WPKX owner Clear Channel Communications in Albuquerque, New Mexico, did not require any changes to WMAS-FM's physical and studio facilities.[4] Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[5]

The station won the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Award for "Station of the Year" in 2012 and 2014. The Kellogg Krew Morning Show won the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association "Air Talent of the Year" award in 2013.[citation needed]

On February 13, 2019, Cumulus and Entercom announced an agreement in which WMAS-FM and WHLL, as well as WNSH in New York City, would be swapped to Entercom in exchange for Entercom's Indianapolis stations. Under the terms of the deal, Entercom began operating WMAS-FM under a local marketing agreement on March 1, 2019.[6] The station's web presence moved to Radio.com a month later, along with its streaming. The swap was completed on May 9, 2019.[7] Both Entercom and Radio.com changed their names to Audacy in 2021.

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WMAS
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1951 page 169
  3. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbrook 2006 page D-254
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 10, 2011). "CC Shuffles Mass., Connecticut Signals". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "Cumulus Sells Six To EMF & Swaps With Entercom In New York & Indianapolis". RadioInsight. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  7. ^ "Cumulus, Entercom Close Six-Station Swap". Inside Radio. Retrieved May 16, 2019.