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WTUE
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Broadcast areaGreater Dayton
Northern Cincinnati
Frequency104.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding104.7 WTUE
Programming
FormatHD1: Classic Rock
HD2: WONE simulcast
HD3: Dance Music (Pride Radio)
AffiliationsCincinnati Bengals Radio Network
Westwood One
Ownership
Owner
WCHD, WMMX, WONE, WZDA
History
First air date
1959 (1959)
Call sign meaning
pronounced as TWO, complementing WONE
Technical information
Facility ID1909
ClassB
ERP28,000 watts
HAAT200 meters (660 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°43′19″N 84°12′36″W / 39.722°N 84.210°W / 39.722; -84.210
Links
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitewtue.iheart.com

WTUE (104.7 FM) is a classic rock formatted radio station with studios in Dayton. The station is owned and operated by iHeartMedia. Its transmitter is located in Moraine and can be heard clearly throughout Southwest Ohio, including nearly all of Greater Cincinnati. 104.7 WTUE can also be heard as far north as Wapakoneta also to the east in places London and over to the west Richmond, Indiana.

History

Briefly known as WIFE-FM and WTWO, WTUE's beginnings was that of WONE-FM simulcasting sister station WONE which had a Top 40 format until 1967. WONE-FM played Top 40 hits without live personalities when WONE switched to country in 1969. In 1971, the FCC granted permission to boost its power to 50,000 watts and monaural WONE-FM transformed to FM-stereo, and briefly quadraphonic, "the all new W-2" under the programming of Bill Struck, followed by Gregg Mason (Terry Dorsey). In 1974, WTUE was "The Super Ten Four!" with morning personality Gregg Mason, Sean McKay in the 10 am – 2 pm slot, Al Morgan 2 pm – 4 pm, Bill Lyons 4 pm – 8 pm and Dave Michaels 8pm-Midnight.

The station was playing Top 40 hits with live DJs until 1976 when it switched to the new and innovative album oriented rock format under the direction of Dave Michaels as Program Director. Gregg Mason was moved to sister station, 98 Country WONE. Patty Spitler, who had been the Morning Host at the University Of Dayton's WVUD, (considered "underground rock" at the time) would become "T-105's first Morning Show Host. Dave Michaels (Dave Ingersoll) left WTUE and was replaced by Chuck Browning as Program Director from M 105 (WWWM 105.7) in Cleveland. Browning also held a 4 hour air shift between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday.

Sean Scott (Sean Scott Sizemore) was the first AOR announcer hired from North Carolina by WTUE to replace Al Morgan in the 4 pm – 8 pm slot. Scott was also WTUE's first Music Director. This was the beginning of the transformation from WTUE, the rock station manned by Top-40 announcers, to a station who staffed themselves by hiring graduates of the University of Dayton's radio station, WVUD. Patty Spitler, Bob Clark, Jim Tobin, Dan Pugh (Dan Patrick), Bill Pugh, Dave Luczak, Kevin Crisler (K.C), Mark Zona (Mark Edwards), Sandy Smith and Alan McConnell were all graduates (or at least attended) The University of Dayton and were all part of their radio program. McConnell, whose name was changed to Mike McConnell because Alan Sells was a part time announcer and the station thought one Alan was enough. Alan Sells, who was hired as a part timer while at suburban Stebbins High School in 1974 was given his first full-time slot holding down the 8 pm – 1 am in 1976 until his departure for Cincinnati's WSAI-FM in 1979. Sells is now Big Al of Big Al and Charlie at KFRQ in McAllen/Brownsville, TX.

Early 1979 was a transitional point for WTUE. Patty Spitler left the station. Sue Arenston joined the station from Cincinnati and Sean "The Space Cowboy" Scott was moved to the Morning slot. Alan McConnell who came to WTUE as a fill in jock was given the 4 pm – 8 pm slot. Scott would soon leave WTUE for WMAD in Madison, Wisconsin to pursue his desire to program his own radio station. After Several years in Madison, Sean Scott left Madison and radio. Mike McConnell would soon become the Program Director at WTUE to replace Chuck Browning who left the airwaves to take a larger management role at 11 South Wilkinson, where the station had been located. McConnell would go on to Program WSKS-FM, 96 ROCK, in Hamilton in May 1982 before moving to sister station WLW in Cincinnati a little over a year later. McConnell remained at WLW until 2010 when it was announced he would be moving to Chicago to become a host for WGN-AM. In 2013 McConnell left WGN. In 2014, he returned to WLW where he currently is the morning show host.

Sports personality and University of Dayton graduate Dan Patrick was half of the morning team on WTUE in the late-1970s/early-1980s under his given name, Dan Pugh. Dan was partnered as morning host with several other DJs over the years including Sean Scott, Dave Luczak, Major Dick Hale and Jeff Curry. WTUE was awarded Billboard Magazine's coveted "Station Of The Year" in the album-oriented rock format for medium-sized markets in 1983 under Program Director Bill Pugh (Dan Pugh's brother) and again in 1985 under Tom Carroll who served as Program Director from 1984–1997.

During 1986-1999, WTUE was home to the highly rated Kerrigan & Christopher morning show. Christopher (Geisen) left the station in 1999 and (Steve) Kerrigan left WTUE's airwaves in 2003. Steve Kerrigan died of multiple myeloma in March 2011. Steve Kerrigan was inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011. Christopher Geisen was inducted in 2017, and John "B-Man" Beaulieu was inducted in 2013.

WTUE is currently an affiliate of The Bob and Tom Show in the mornings and features afternoon veteran John "B-Man" Beaulieu. Christopher Geisen and Mike Thomas also served as Program Directors prior to Tony Tilford. Dent is the current WTUE Program Director. Christopher Geisen has recently returned to WTUE Mid-days (10am-3pm), Beaulieu afternoons, and Big Rig 7pm-12Mid.

Station ownership has included Group One Broadcasting (Akron), DKM Broadcasting, Summit Communications, Stoner Broadcasting, American Radio Systems, Inc., Jacor Communications and Citicasters Co., a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia).

HD radio

In March 2007, WTUE began broadcasts in HD-Radio by simulcasting its analog audio on its HD1 stream and broadcasting a more album-oriented rock format on its HD2 stream. The station broadcasts using the MP1 service mode.[1]

References

  1. ^ "HD Radio station guide for Dayton, OH". Archived from the original on 2016-09-14.