WUSY
WUSY US101 logo.png
Broadcast areaChattanooga metropolitan area
Frequency100.7 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingU.S. 101
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatCountry
SubchannelsHD2: Urban contemporary "Real 97.7"
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
August 1, 1961 (1961-08-01)
Former call signs
WCLE-FM (1961–81)
WLCY (1981–82)
WQLS (1982–83)
Call sign meaning
US as in the station's branding "U.S. 101"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID12315
ClassC0
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT363 meters (1,191 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
35°12′26.00″N 85°17′10.00″W / 35.2072222°N 85.2861111°W / 35.2072222; -85.2861111
Translator(s)HD2: 97.7 W249BR (Lookout Mountain)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
HD2: Listen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/us101country
www.audacy.com/real977 (HD2)

WUSY (100.7 MHz "U.S. 101") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Cleveland, Tennessee, and serving the Chattanooga metropolitan area. The station airs a country music radio format. Local DJs staff the station by day, with the syndicated Cody Alan Show heard overnight.

WUSY's studios and offices are on Old Lee Highway in Chattanooga.[1] The transmitter is off Sawyer Cemetery Road in Signal Mountain.[2]

WUSY broadcasts using the HD Radio format. Its country music is heard on HD 1 and an urban contemporary format known as "Real 97.7" is heard on its HD 2 channel and translator W249BR 97.7 FM Lookout Mountain.

History

On August 1, 1961, WCLE-FM first signed on the air.[3] It was the sister station to AM 1570 WCLE. Because WCLE was a daytimer, the FM station simulcast the AM's programming by day and continued broadcasting at night. At first, the station was powered at 5,100 watts and only served the Cleveland area.

In 2000, Cumulus announced it would buy 11 radio stations in 4 markets from iHeartMedia (then known as Clear Channel Communications) in exchange for 25 radio stations in 5 markets plus cash as a part of that company's merger with AMFM Incorporated.[4] Other Clear Channel stations were WLOV (urban contemporary by this time), sports talk WUUS, CHR WKXJ, active rock WRXR (the former WLMX-FM), and oldies WSGC.[5]

On November 1, 2017, iHeartMedia announced that WUSY, along with all of their sister stations in Chattanooga and Richmond, would be sold to Entercom due to that company's merger with CBS Radio.[6] The sale was completed on December 19, 2017.[7]

WUSY is a 8 time winner of the ACM Awards (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020) and nominated in 2004, on the CMA Awards, WUSY is a 13 time winner from 1995-2001 (after this, the CMA stated that any station that wins will be ineligible the following year), 2005, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020; their on-air personalities have also won awards in their own right.

WUSY-HD2

W241AF in Rossville, Georgia rebroadcasts WUSY's HD2 channel. On April 2, 2012, this station debuted "The Beat", an urban contemporary format after stunting with "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. The translator's power was increased from 10 to 250 watts.[8]

On November 11, 2014 W241AF/WUSY-HD2 changed format from urban contemporary to classic country, branded as "US101 The Legend 96.1".[9]

On November 30, 2016 W241AF/WUSY-HD2 returned to an urban contemporary format from classic country, branded as "Real 96.1".[10]

On November 26, 2021 W241AF split from simulcasting WUSY-HD2 without notice and rebranded as "Real 100.7 HD2".[11]

On August 1, 2022 WUSY-HD2 rebranded as "Real 97.7", simulcasting on translator W249BR 97.7 FM Lookout Mountain.[12]

On-air personalities

Current on-air lineup:

Weekend programming includes "The Crook and Chase countdown show", and a Sunday morning gospel program called "The Gospel Road" with Ken Hicks.

Former on-air personalities:

References

  1. ^ US101Country.com/contact
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WUSY
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1965 page B-141
  4. ^ "Clear Channel/Cumulus Swap". Yahoo News. 2000-05-30. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  5. ^ "Chattanooga: No Choo-Choo, Just Towers and Studios". 2002-05-15. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  6. ^ "Entercom Trades Boston & Seattle Spin-Offs To iHeartMedia For Richmond & Chattanooga". RadioInsight. 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Beat Headed For Chattanooga". radioinsight.com. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  9. ^ US101 Chattanooga Adds a Legend Radioinsight - November 11, 2014
  10. ^ Urban Real 96.1 Launches in Chattanooga Radioinsight - November 30, 2016
  11. ^ Don't Touch That Dial (Even If We Want You To) Radioinsight - March 2, 2022
  12. ^ Real Returns to Chattanooga Radioinsight - August 2, 2022