WSOX
WSOX 96.1sox logo.png
Broadcast areaYorkLancasterHanoverHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
Frequency96.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding96.1 SOX
Programming
FormatClassic hits
Subchannels
Ownership
Owner
WARM-FM, WIOV-FM, WSBA
History
First air date
1959 (as WGCB-FM)
Former call signs
WGCB-FM (1959-1997)
WTHM-FM (1997-1998)
Technical information
Facility ID55351
ClassB
ERP13,500 watts (analog)
135 watts (digital)[1]
HAAT290 meters (950 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°54′16.4″N 76°34′46.9″W / 39.904556°N 76.579694°W / 39.904556; -76.579694 (WSOX)Coordinates: 39°54′16.4″N 76°34′46.9″W / 39.904556°N 76.579694°W / 39.904556; -76.579694 (WSOX)
Translator(s)See § Translators
Links
WebcastListen live
Listen live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitewww.961wsox.com

WSOX (96.1 FM, "96.1 SOX") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Red Lion, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Cumulus Media through licensee Radio License Holding SRC, LLC and broadcasts a classic hits format. The station's service contour includes the metro areas of York, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Gettysburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as the northern suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland.[2] Its broadcast tower is located near Red Lion at (39°54′16.7″N 76°34′46.6″W / 39.904639°N 76.579611°W / 39.904639; -76.579611).[3]

WSOX uses HD Radio, and simulcasts the talk radio programming of sister station WSBA on its HD2 subchannel, while the sports programming of sister station WGLD is simulcast on its HD4 subchannel. HOPE FM branded christian radio programming is broadcast on the station's HD3 subchannel, which is simulcast on three FM translators.

History

The Federal Communications Commission granted John M. Norris a construction permit for the station on July 22, 1959 with the WGCB-FM call sign. The station was granted its first license on August 1, 1960.[4] WGCB-FM aired a christian radio format.

The station's license was voluntarily assigned to Red Lion Broadcasting Company, Inc., effective May 23, 1963.[4]

In 1969, Red Lion Broadcasting lost a landmark First Amendment case (Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC), after the station refused to grant free on-air time for a journalist to rebutt the claims made against him by an on-air evangelist.[5]

In August 1997 the station's license was transferred from Thomas H. Moffit, Sr., to Pioneer Broadcasting Corporation, followed by a call sign change to WTHM-FM on December 5, 1997.[6] On July 1, 1998, the call sign was changed to WSOX.[6] In March 2003, the license was transferred from Pioneer Broadcasting Corporation to Lancaster-York Broadcasting, LLC (owned by Brill Media[7]) and four months later, in July 2003, the license was transferred from Lancaster-York Broadcasting, LLC to Susquehanna License, LLC,[8] which was owned by Susquehanna Radio Corporation.[9]

On October 31, 2005, Cumulus Media announced the creation of a new private partnership, Cumulus Media Partners, LLC, formed with Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners, to purchase Susquehanna Radio Corporation for approximately $1.2 billion.[10] The purchase was completed on May 5, 2006,[11] at which time the license for WSOX was transferred to Radio License Holding SRC, LLC., a licensee of Cumulus Media Partners Susquehanna Corporation.[12]

Translators

The following three translators are licensed to Hope Christian Church of Marlton, Inc, and simulcast the programming of HOPE FM (owned by Calvary Chapel of Marlton[13]) broadcast on WSOX-HD3:

Broadcast translators of WSOX-HD3
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W237DC 95.3 New Holland, Pennsylvania 144115 250 260 m (850 ft) D 40°04′45.4″N 76°00′43.8″W / 40.079278°N 76.012167°W / 40.079278; -76.012167 (W237DC) FCC LMS
W262CW 100.3 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 155485 250 170 m (560 ft) D 40°11′30.3″N 76°52′0.9″W / 40.191750°N 76.866917°W / 40.191750; -76.866917 (W262CW) FCC LMS
W265DE 100.9 Hershey, Pennsylvania 144130 120 194 m (636 ft) D 40°15′2.3″N 76°39′43.9″W / 40.250639°N 76.662194°W / 40.250639; -76.662194 (W265DE) FCC LMS

Signal note

WSOX is short-spaced to three other stations: WHUR-FM 96.3 WHUR (licensed to serve Washington, D.C.), WCTO Cat Country 96 & 107 (licensed to serve Easton, Pennsylvania), and WWIN-FM Magic 95.9 (licensed to serve Glen Burnie, Maryland).

WSOX and WCTO operate on the same channel and the distance between the stations' transmitters is 78 miles as determined by FCC rules.[14] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on the same channel according to current FCC rules is 150 miles.[15]

WSOX and WHUR-FM operate on first adjacent channels (96.1 & 96.3) and the distance between the stations' transmitters is 71 miles as determined by FCC rules.[14] The minimum distance between two Class B stations operating on first adjacent channels according to current FCC rules is 105 miles.[15]

WSOX and WWIN-FM also operate on first adjacent channels (95.9 & 96.1) and the distance between the stations' transmitters is 48 miles as determined by FCC rules.[14] The minimum distance between a Class B station (WSOX) and a Class A station (WWIN-FM) operating on first adjacent channels according to current FCC rules is 70 miles.[15]

WSOX uses a directional antenna to reduce its signal toward the south-southwest, in the direction of WHUR-FM and WWIN-FM.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Request for Special Temporary Authority, Attachment 2, Formal Request Letter". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. January 9, 2006. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ "54 dBu Service Contour for WSOX, 96.1 MHz, Red Lion, PA". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ a b "FM Query Results for WSOX". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ a b "History Cards for WGCB-FM". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ "Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC". oyez.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  6. ^ a b "Call Sign History [WSOX]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  7. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. March 16, 2003. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  8. ^ "WSOX". fccdata.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  9. ^ "Ownership Information for the Assignee". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  10. ^ "Cumulus Media, Inc., and Investor Group to Acquire Susquehanna Radio". Business Wire. Atlanta. October 31, 2005. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  11. ^ "Cumulus Media closes $1.2B acquisition of Susquehanna Radio". MarketWatch. San Francisco. May 5, 2006. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  12. ^ "Transfer of Control Application". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  13. ^ "About Hope". hopefm.net. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  14. ^ a b c "Reference points and distance computations. 47 CFR § 73.208". Retrieved 2021-08-17.
  15. ^ a b c "Minimum distance separation between stations. 47 CFR § 73.207 (b)(1)" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-03-25.