WFGY

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WFGY
Froggy98altoona.png
CityAltoona, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaAltoona, Pennsylvania
Bedford, Pennsylvania
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Frequency98.1 MHz
Branding"Froggy 98.1"
SloganToday's Best Country
Programming
FormatCountry
Ownership
OwnerForever Media
(FM Radio Licenses, LLC)
WALY, WFBG, WRKY, WTNA, WWOT
History
Former call signs
WFBG-FM (1959-1991)
Call sign meaning
W FroGgY
Technical information
Facility ID38265
ClassB
ERP30,000 watts
HAAT287 meters
Transmitter coordinates
40°34′1.2″N 78°26′31.0″W / 40.567000°N 78.441944°W / 40.567000; -78.441944Coordinates: 40°34′1.2″N 78°26′31.0″W / 40.567000°N 78.441944°W / 40.567000; -78.441944
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.foreveraltoona.com/froggyradio/

WFGY (98.1 FM, "Froggy 98.1") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Altoona, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Forever Media through licensee FM Radio Licenses, LLC, and broadcasts a Froggy-branded country format.

WFGY is the flagship station of the Froggy Radio network of stations in the region, which also includes WFGI-FM (Froggy 95.5 on 95.5 MHz), licensed to serve Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and WFGE (Big Froggy 101.1 on 101.1 MHz), licensed to serve State College, Pennsylvania.

WFGY is a grandfathered “superpower” station. While the station’s effective radiated power (ERP) is within the maximum limit allowed for a Class B FM station, its antenna height above average terrain (HAAT) is too high for its ERP according to current FCC rules.[1][2]

Sister stations[edit]

The sister stations of WFGY in the Altoona market are 100.1 WWOT-FM, 103.9 WALY-FM, 104.9 WRKY-FM, 1290 WFBG-AM, and 1430 WTNA.

History[edit]

Beginnings as WFBG-FM[edit]

The Federal Communications Commission granted Triangle Publications, Inc. a construction permit for the station on April 8, 1959 with the WFBG-FM call sign.[3] The station was granted its first license on March 26, 1962.[3]

On September 20, 1972, the FCC granted a voluntary reassignment of the station's license to The Gilcom Corporation.[3]

The station was best known for being Blair County's exclusive easy-listening station, primarily automated, like others of its day. However, the change would come by the start of the 1990s.

Switchover to Froggy[edit]

On April 2, 1991, the station's call sign was changed to WFGY.[4] Forever of PA, LLC (Forever Media) purchased the station on July 31, 1996, with the sale consummating on August 31, 1996.[5] The station adopted the "Froggy 98" branding while changing format to country music. The station became known for its colorful presentation, with jingles resembling a frog's croak (or, as they proclaimed, "ribbit"), as well as the even more colorful names assigned to its on-air staff. The station also promoted a family-friendly image and did station giveaways catering to families.

Among the on-air names used at Froggy by the DJs over the years were Roger Ribbit, Web Foote, Holly Hopper, Jeff Jumper, Davey Croak-it, Cricket, Tad Pole, Pete Moss, Polly Wogg, Kellie Green, and Steve "The Frogman" Kelsey, Jumpin' Jim, JoJo, Leapin' Lily, and James Pond.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FM Broadcast Station Classes and Service Contours". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  2. ^ Smith, D. (July 5, 2013). "Superpower FMs". w9wi.com. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  3. ^ a b c "History Cards for WFGY". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History [WFGY]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  5. ^ "ASSIGNMENT OF PERMIT/LICENSE". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-06-09.

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