Ohio Valley Area FM Stations

88.1 WYZR Bethany, West Virginia
Owner: Pittsburgh Public Media
Format: Jazz

Once student-run, free form WVBC owned by Bethany College. In 2012, the college was ready to turn in the license to the FCC, but along came Pittsburgh Public Media – a group formed by former employees of Pittsburgh’s WDUQ-FM (90.5) which had been sold. PPM made an offer to the college for the license and by May of 2013, the station was theirs. WYZR was born and was on the air by September of that year. The current programming features PPM’s Pittsburgh Jazz Channel until studios can be built. The signal reaches into the Pittsburgh area via the southern and western suburbs. The station is expected to eventually expand the signal.

88.7 W204BE-FM Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: Pensacola Christian College
Format: Religious

A Translator for WPCS-FM in Pensacola, Florida.

88.9 WBJV Steubenville, Ohio
Owner: American Family Association
Format: Religious

The American Family Association operates this station.

89.9 WVNP Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority
Format: NPR

WVNP is member station of WVEBA’s West Virginia Public Radio. The station serves a wildly eclectic mix of music and programming. It could almost  describe the format as a mix of Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM, WESA and WYEP. Much of the classical music heard on WVNP comes from its flagship sister in Charleston, WV, WVPN.

91.5 WGLZ West Liberty, West Virginia
Owner: West Liberty University
Format: Top 40

WGLZ first went on the air in 1990 at then West Liberty State College a little north of Wheeling. When not playing music, news and other specialty programming may be heard.

91.9 WPHP Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: Ohio County Board of Education/Wheeling Park High School
Format: Top 40

 The students of Wheeling Park High School operate this station after fulfilling a couple of radio courses. The students serve as the official announcers and music providers of Oglebay Park’s Festival of Lights during the Christmas season.

93.5 WBNV Barnesville, Ohio
Owner: W. Grant Hafley
Format: Soft AC

WBNV serves as a soft AC outlet using the format satellite fed from Jones Radio Network. It also serves as an outlet for Cleveland Indians Baseball. Because it’s first adjacent to Pittsburgh’s KDKA-FM, the two stations have, at times, had issues with signal overlap.

94.1 WDUQ-LP Benwood, West Virginia
Owner: Kol Ami Havurah
Format:  Classic Jazz and Blues

WVJW-LP went on the air in 2003 as the first station in the country to serve the Jewish Community. The format offered a wide range of programming from local educational information and international news to music from modern Jewish artists and classical composers. In 2012, The station started using the WDUQ calls which were available after 90.5 FM in Pittsburgh became WESA. “DUQ” was chosen because it is a form of the Hebrew root “report”. The station now airs a mix of Classic Jazz and Blues, perhaps to pay homage to the station which once sported to call letters.

95.7 WVKF Shadyside, Ohio
Owner: Clear Channel
Format: CHR/top-40

 95.7 has been home to WBJY, WEEL and WUKL over the years. Beginning in 2000 however, WZNW at 105.5 had become “The Zone” a top-40 station created to go up against long-time pop station WOMP-FM (100.5). When Clear Channel took over ownership of 105.5, it changed the format to KISS-FM WVKF. Competition between WVKF and WOMP became fierce and eventually WOMP Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40 to WVKF. That was the final straw for WOMP and it changed formats and calls. Three months later, WVKF moved to 95.7 with WUKL heading to 105.5.

96.5 WYJK-FM Moundsville, West Virginia
Owner: Keymarket Licenses
Format: Adult Hits

96.5 signed on in 1990 as WRKP with a Christian format. The station was owned by RKP International. In 2011, the station dropped the K-Love Christian format and stunted for a week. The country format revealed at the end of the stunt was not Keymarket’s “Froggy” but rather one branded as “Biggie” WBGI. In 2012, Keymarket flipped frequencies between WBGI and sister WYJK on 100.5 because of its stronger signal supposedly to compete more with Clear Channel’s WOVK.

97.3 WKWK Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: Clear Channel
Format: Adult Contemporary

The station has been on the air since 1948 as sister to the AM which signed on in 1941 on 1400. Mix 97.3 has been on the air at WKWK-FM since 2000 under the leadership of then-PD “Johnny O.”

98.7 WOVK Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: Clear Channel
Format: Country

 Originally WWVA-FM,  WOVK has long run a mix of country – contemporary and hot. Often a ratings powerhouse in the Ohio Valley.

99.5 WYMJ New Martinsville, West Virginia
Owner: The Dailey Corporation
Format: Country

This class A station apparently signed on in 2001 with an oldies format. That lasted ten years before a format flip to country.

100.5 WBGI Bellaire, Ohio
Owner: Keymarket Licenses 
Format: Country

 This station signed on in 1947 as WTRF-FM as a simulcast of its AM sister. Naturally when the AM signed off at night, the FM continued to provide an informational outlet. “TRF” stands for “Two Radio Frequencies” and it’s seemingly appropriate as the two signed on at about the same time. The stations were co-owned for several years with WTRF-TV (7), the CBS affiliate in Wheeling. The stations were sold in the late 1970s. That’s when they became WOMP-AM/FM with the branding pronounced the way the call letters are spelled. The FM took on a top-40 format and for years went up against WKWK and WRKY (103.5). In the early 1990′s, the stations went into receivership and, to add insult to injury, the studios were destroyed by a fire soon thereafter. The stations were off the air until a temporary studio could be built. WRKY and WOMP became co-owned in the mid-1990s and, along with their sisters, were eventually sold to Keymarket in the early 2000s. In 2005, WOMP-AM started to simulcast its AM sister WSTV and the ESPN format. WOMP-FM was changed to WYJK-FM with the Jack-FM Adult hits format. In 2012, Keymarket flipped WYJK’s and WBGI’s frequencies to put WBGI’s country format on the stronger signal.

*103.5 WOGH Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Owner: Keymarket Licenses
Format: Country

Signed on as WSTV-FM in 1953 and was sister to the AM at 1340 and WSTV-TV Channel 9. All three were licensed to Steubenville, Ohio. In the 1970s, the station flipped to WRKY and was known as “Rocky 103.5″ with an automated format but later a CHR station. In 1994, without changing its identity, the station flipped to a country format. WRKY had sales offices in downtown Pittsburgh as the station was once owned by Associated Communications Group which also owned WOMP-AM/FM, WSTV-AM and WXST in Delaware Ohio. The stations were sold in 1999 to Stop 26/Riverbend Ground in Youngstown, but that would only last a few months. On Leap Day, February 29, 2000, the station became WOGE and started sporting the Froggy format. The calls were changed to WOGH that April. Some time later, the station had a permit to move the Community of License to Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. If memory serves, there was an application for the station to move its physical transmitter there as well, but as of this writing, the transmitter is still located atop WTOV-TV (9)’s station and tower in Steubenville.

*WOGH is also listed on the Pittsburgh FM Page but remains here for historical purposes. 

^104.3 WOGI Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Owner: Keymarket Licenses
Format: Country

WOHI-FM signed on in 1959 under the ownership of East Liverpool Broadcasting Company. Both it and its AM counterpart were sold to Constrander Corporation in 1961. WOHI-FM became WRTS in 1967 and both were sold again in 1971. WRTS became WELA in 1974 and sported an easy listening format. In 1981 the format was changed to Country/Western and eventually a self-explanatory format as Classic Hits 104.  Keymarket purchased both stations in 2000 and changed the FM’s calls to WOGF when it took on the Froggy format. In the late 2000s the transmitter and Community of License were changed. The CoL is Moon Township, Allegheny County and the transmitter is located in Racoon State Park in Beaver County. In 2009, Keymarket signed 98.3 over to Educational Media Foundation under a License Marketing Agreement. The WOGI calls were moved from 98.3 to 104.3 making the station the “flagship” of the 3 FM stations which simulcast the format.

^WOGI is also listed on the Pittsburgh FM Page but remains here for historical purposes. 

105.5 WUKL Bethlehem, West Virginia
Owner: Keymarket Licenses
Format: Oldies

Beginning in 2000 WZNW at 105.5 had become “The Zone” a top-40 station created to go up against long-time pop station WOMP-FM (100.5). When Clear Channel took over ownership of 105.5, it changed the format to KISS-FM WVKF. Competition between WVKF and WOMP became fierce and eventually WOMP Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40 to WVKF. That was the final straw for WOMP and it changed formats and calls. Three months later, WVKF moved to 95.7 with WUKL heading to 105.5. The station was later taken over by Keymarket and retained the oldies format.

106.3 WCDK Cadiz, Ohio
Owner: Priority Communications
Format: Classic Hits

 Originally signed on in 1990 as WFNN, the calls were changed after two months to WWYS. In 1993, the current calls, WCDK were put on the air. It was originally a country station, but adopted an oldies format in the late 1990s.

107.5 WEGW Wheeling, West Virginia
Owner: Clear Channel
Format: Rock

 WEGW went on the air in 1960. The station currently sports current and classic rock.