WZTE
CityUnion City, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaErie, Pennsylvania
Corry, Pennsylvania
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Frequency1530 kHz
BrandingTalk Erie
Programming
FormatConservative talk radio
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
Ownership
OwnerInspiration Time, Inc.
WCTL
History
First air date
1966 (as WHYP)
Former call signs
WHYP (1966-1988)
WRKT (1988-1990)
WEHN (1990-1992)
WFLP (1992-1993)
WEYZ (1993-2004)
WYNE (2004-2013)
WMCE (2013-2017)
Technical information
Facility ID26610
ClassD
Power4,800 watts daytime
250 watts critical hours
Transmitter coordinates
42°12′5.0″N 79°51′43.0″W / 42.201389°N 79.861944°W / 42.201389; -79.861944
Translator(s)103.3 W277DS (Erie)
Links
WebsiteTalkErie.com

WZTE is a broadcast radio station licensed to Union City, Pennsylvania, serving Erie County, Crawford County, and Warren County in Pennsylvania and Chautauqua County in New York. WZTE is owned and operated by Inspiration Time, Inc., with headquarters in Waterford, Pennsylvania.

History

The station first signed on the air as WHYP on September 5, 1966, founded by James D. Brownyard.

It was joined less than two years later by its like-named sister station, WHYP-FM (now WRKT), operating at 100.9. Like many co-owned FM stations of the era, it simulcast its AM sister during the daytime and provided local radio service after the AM station left the air after local sunset. Those hours of operation continue today for WZTE, as AM 1530 is a clear channel reserved for WCKY at night.

In January 1989, both WHYP-AM-FM were sold to Rambaldo Communications and went "All Beatles' with album sides until Rocket 101/1530 Launched in June 1989.

Previous logo.
Previous logo.

Mercyhurst University commenced on a purchase of WYNE on March 30, 2005 from Corry Communications, Inc.[1]

On September 1, 2017, Mercyhurst University sold the then-WMCE to Inspiration Time, Inc., the owners of Christian radio station WCTL, for $30,000. It was presumed that the station would begin airing a religious format, while the format then on the station would move to FM 100.9 after the sale.[2] Following the sale, the station changed its call sign to WZTE, after which the station had remained silent, except for a brief period in September 2018 when the station signed back on to maintain its license.[3]

In December 2018, the station returned to air, with its city of license shifted to Union City. The station began testing and stunting as Freedom 1530—carrying a mix of patriotic music, along with readings of the constitution by recent high school graduates, and readings of Christmas messages from U.S. presidents.[4][5]

The station ended program testing January 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM and launched TalkErie.com, a news/talk radio format. Daily satellite programming includes talk show hosts originating from the Salem Radio Network, along with a locally-originated afternoon program hosted by Erie veteran broadcaster and WZTE Station Manager Joel Natalie. The station also airs local newscasts twice per hour weekdays.[6]

References

  1. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=26610
  2. ^ "NERW 1/23/17: Oldies Rockets to New Erie FM". 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Silent AM Broadcast Stations List". 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ "WZTE/Union City, PA Returns To Air As 'Freedom 1530' With Constitution Stunt". All Access. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  5. ^ staff, Times-News. "Program testing begins for Union City radio station WZTE". GoErie.com. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  6. ^ "WZTE/Erie Officially Launches Talk Format".