Broadcast areaSouth Central Pennsylvania
Frequency104.1 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingWink 104
FormatHot adult contemporary
First air date
1962 (as WTPA-FM)
Former call signs
WTPA-FM (1962-1985)
WNNK (1985-1990)
Call sign meaning
The word "wink"
Technical information
Facility ID32945
ERP22,500 watts
HAAT221 meters (725 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°18′59.3″N 76°57′2.9″W / 40.316472°N 76.950806°W / 40.316472; -76.950806 (WNNK-FM)
WebcastListen Live

WNNK-FM (104.1 FM) is a commercial radio station licensed to serve Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Owned by Cumulus Media it carries a hot adult contemporary format. The station's studios are on Vartan Way in Harrisburg,[1] with its transmitter atop Blue Mountain in East Pennsboro Township.


The station signed on for the first time in 1962 as WTPA-FM under ownership of Newhouse Broadcasting, owner of WTPA-TV (today's WHTM-TV with a beautiful music format.[2] It switched to an AOR format in 1980.[3]

Until the 2000s, its ownership was less settled. Newhouse sold WTPA to Foster Media in 1982, who then sold it to Keymarket Communications in 1984.[4] In January 1985, the call sign was changed to WNNK, the station's branding changed to Wink 104 and the format changed to CHR. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Wink 104 was consistently ranked #1 in the Arbitron ratings for the Harrisburg / Carlisle / Lebanon market.

Keymarket Communications sold WNNK to Capstar Broadcasting Corporation in 1995. In 1999, Capstar and Chancellor Media merged to form the nation's largest radio group of AMFM.[5] AMFM was then itself purchased by Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in a deal announced on October 3, 1999, and valued at $17.4 billion.[6] The merger brought WNNK and the current-day WTPA-FM (which took those calls in 1985) under the same ownership, with on-air station attacks from WTPA ended under common ownership.

As a condition of the Clear Channel-AMFM merger, the United States Department of Justice forced the new company to sell 99 radio stations in 27 markets in United States, including WTPA and WNNK, along with WTCY and WNCE-FM. All the stations were promptly sold to Cumulus Media.[7]

In 2001, shortly after the ownership changes, Clear Channel launched WHKF in an attempt to reduce Wink 104's market dominance by stealing the younger portion of WNNK's audience. This ultimately led to Clear Channel's adult-oriented station WRVV taking the overall #1 position in the market; not because of improved ratings at WRVV, but because of decreased listenership at WNNK. Cumulus Media reacted to WHKF by launching their own youth-oriented station, Hot 92, the former WCTX and WNCE. Although WHKF never approached Wink 104 in Arbitron ratings, it did cause Wink 104 to change formats from Hot AC to AC in March 2002. The logic to this maneuvering was that Wink 104 would continue to dominate the adult demographic, while Hot 92 would either dominate the young demographic or severely cripple WHKF's ratings.

From inception until 2003, Wink 104's studios and offices were located in a standalone building in uptown Harrisburg. Due to the consolidation with WTPA, WTCY, and WWKL, as well as the expenses involved with ongoing repairs, the studios and offices for all of the Cumulus Media stations were moved to a single location in an office park in Susquehanna Township (a suburb of Harrisburg).

Wink 104 is generally regarded as the original "Wink" station in contemporary radio, and has inspired other stations including the relatively close Wink 108 in State College, Pennsylvania and Wink 106 in Corning, New York.

Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond was the host of Wink 104's afternoon drive, titled The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show. This show was noteworthy for both its format and the time slot in which it aired. The Late Afternoon Show was an all-talk show with multiple concurrent hosts; while this itself is not unusual, its presence on an otherwise all-music formatted station is highly unorthodox. Even more unusual was that the show aired on weekdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, otherwise known as the "afternoon drive" and the second most-expensive portion of the day (generally second only to the morning drive) for advertisers. Typically, this time slot is reserved for carefully calculated and heavily tested programming. Wink 104 saw tremendous success with the format, however, and aside from a few brief interruptions, ran the show live from 1995 until 2002.

In 2002, Bruce Bond departed the station after the station's programming direction was changed to accommodate a broader 12-54 demographic. He was later convicted of forgery and identity theft six years after departing WNNK.[8]

HD Radio

WNNK was one of the first HD Radio stations to be upgraded by Cumulus in 2005.[9]

On August 20, 2008, Cumulus Media moved the Urban AC programming on sister station WHGB, branded as "The Touch", to the HD2 subchannel of WNNK-FM, while WHGB switched to a sports radio format as an affiliate of the ESPN Radio network. The WHGB simulcast on 95.3, W237DE, which brought "The Touch" programming to FM, was switched to simulcasting WNNK-HD2 that day, keeping "The Touch" programming on 95.3 FM.[10]

On August 27, 2011 "The Touch 95.3" posted on its website that its last day would be August 31, 2011, ending its programming on both 95.3 and WNNK-HD2. On August 31, Cumulus Media announced that W237DE would begin simulcasting WHGB 1400 AM the next day, on September 1, bringing ESPN Radio programming to 95.3.[11]

Signal note

WNNK-FM is short-spaced to WAEB-FM B104 (licensed to serve Allentown, Pennsylvania) as they both operate on the same channel and the distance between the stations' transmitters is 76 miles (122 km) as determined by FCC rules.[12] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on the same channel according to current FCC rules is 150 miles (240 km).[13]


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  4. ^ Portzline, Timothy (2011). Harrisburg Broadcasting. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. p. 99. ISBN 9780738575070.
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  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (2008-12-31). "2008 The Year in Review". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  11. ^ Venta, Lance (2011-08-29). "ESPN Moves To FM In Harrisburg". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  12. ^ "Reference points and distance computations. 47 CFR § 73.208". Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  13. ^ "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR § 73.207(b)(1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-08-22.