WOVK
WOVK 98.7 Logo.jpg
Broadcast areaWheeling metro area
Frequency98.7 MHz
Branding98.7 WOVK, The Valley’s Country Favorites
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatCountry music
AffiliationsiHeartRadio, Premium Choice, Premiere Networks
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
September 1, 1947 (1947-09-01)
Former call signs
WWVA-FM (1947-1977)
WCPI (1977-1984)
Call sign meaning
Ohio Valley K(C)ountry
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID44048
ClassB
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT119 meters (390 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°04′58″N 80°46′18″W / 40.08278°N 80.77167°W / 40.08278; -80.77167
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitewovk.iheart.com

WOVK (98.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country format. Licensed to Wheeling, West Virginia, United States, it serves the Wheeling area. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.

WOVK is one of the Local Primary 1 Emergency Alert System stations in the Wheeling area.

History

The 98.7 MHz frequency in Wheeling was originally assigned to WWVA-FM, which began broadcasting September 1, 1947. It was licensed to West Virginia Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

As of 2021, the station carries a fully-syndicated programming lineup. The station airs The Bobby Bones Show, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, and The Crook & Chase Countdown from Premiere Networks, and utilizes the Premium Choice “Country Favorites” network during all other hours, which is hosted out of Baltimore, Milwaukee, Colorado Springs, New Orleans, Nashville, and St. Louis.[2]

In the their 1990’s and 2000’s heyday, the station boasted an impressive lineup of local on-air talent and programming. Former disc jockeys include Steve Crow, Otis, Ken “Big K” Andrews, “Coffee Boy” Chad Tyson, Jamie Lynn, Skip Kelly, Rich Biela, Traci Fulton, Don Anthony, Scott Fisher, David Demarest, Kari Brooks, Charlie Mitchell, and longtime Program Director & Music Director Jimmy Elliott.[3] The station’s former flagship morning program, Morning Madness, was consistently the #1-ranked morning program in the Ohio Valley from 1993 until its cancellation in November 2020.[4] The station’s final local air personality, Ken Andrews, exited in August 2021.

References

  1. ^ "WWVA-FM Opens" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 8, 1947. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Find 98.7 Country WOVK's Sunday Live On-Air Schedule". 98.7 Country WOVK. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  3. ^ "98.7 WOVK - The Valley's Country Leader". 2008-01-11. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  4. ^ "More Names From iHeartMedia's Cuts Continue To Come Forward". RadioInsight. Retrieved 2021-11-23.