|Frequency||1230 kHz (AM)|
|Branding||The Allegheny News-Talk Sports Network|
|Format||News, talk, sports|
|Owner||Forever Broadcasting, LLC|
First air date
Call sign meaning
|Power||1000 Watts (unlimited)|
|Translator(s)||105.5 MHz W287DC (Titusville)|
|Repeater(s)||WFRA 1450 Franklin|
WMGW 1490 Meadville
WTIV is an American radio station, licensed to the community of Titusville, Pennsylvania. WTIV operates at the federally assigned frequency of 1230 (kHz) at a full-time power of 1,000 Watts. Though licensed to Titusville, programming, sales and administrative functions originate out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.
WTIV was the first of three radio stations originally put on the air by Robert H. Sauber. Making its debut on November 27, 1955, WTIV offered a full-service format composed mainly of news, adult contemporary music and national and world news from the Mutual Broadcasting System, with little changes in program offerings over the years under his ownership.
Though Sauber would later put two other stations in Franklin on the air, he continued to manage WTIV as an entirely separate entity, serving as the station's general manager and sales manager. WTIV operated under the corporate name WTIV, Inc. (though Sauber himself was listed as licensee) while the Franklin stations did business as Northwestern Pennsylvania Broadcasting Company, Inc. Sauber also performed engineering duties for WTIV and the two Franklin stations.
WTIV's most notable employee was Tim Nelson. Tim joined WTIV in 1955 after graduating from high school in his native Warren, PA. He served as announcer and later program director for a total of 29 years. He left in 1984 to become President of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce.
In July 2000, Sauber wanted to retire and put his stations up for sale. All three were purchased by Altoona-based Forever Broadcasting, LLC for an undisclosed sum. Sauber died in October 2004 at the age of 76.
Following the sale of WTIV to Forever Broadcasting, operations were moved from the station's historic WTIV Building at 150 West Central Avenue in downtown Titusville, to the Downtown Mall in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
WTIV is today one of three radio stations operating as The Allegheny News Talk Sports Network, also owned by Forever Broadcasting.
WTIV and the three other stations operate most of the time as a "trimulcast", or programming simultaneously rebroadcast over three radio stations (until December 2009, WOYL in Oil City had also been a part of this network, in effect making it a quadcast; WOYL permanently ceased operations in July 2010). However, WTIV and its Meadville AM affiliate, WMGW, break away from WFRA for a live local morning show containing program matter exclusive to Crawford County. After the morning show ends, the trimulcast resumes.
The morning show, along with all programming, administration, and sales functions, originate out of the Meadville office. The morning show was hosted by Keith Allen (Amolsch) Austin, program director for the network until his death in 2014.