With the recent window opening for FM translators to be moved up to 250 miles away from their original location, I thought it would be a good idea to make an easy list of FM translators in the Pittsburgh area. Many of them predate the current window and have been in place for a while, but many more of them have come to see the light of day in recent months.
The following information is compiled based on FCCdata.org, a fascinating website independent of the tied to the FCC information database. (If the site interests you in any way, you may consider a donation to them to keep it alive.) All of the information is current as of the date of this being written, and for historical purposes this particular post will not be updated.
Due to the various stages of progress be stations may be in, the listings are his current and is accurate as one could make out based on the information given. Licensed stations are denoted with “Lic” while those in various stages of construction permit are noted with “CP”. (In the case of licenses being moved from various locales into the area, some are still listened as licensed in their former location and construction permits in their new location.) “Mod CP” shows stations who were in the CP mode in their original locale before being sold and moved “Mod” is for Modified and usually relates to the change in City of License. These stations still have to be on the air by the time the 3-year CP allowance requiring some to act quickly.
The notes section contain information confirmed on the FCC FM Query.
Did you know that an FM translator does not have to be legally identified the exact same way as a full-power radio station? FM translators must be identified on the air three times a day – between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., between 12:55 and 1:05 p.m., and between 4 and 6 PM. Translator call signs are usually a “W”, the channel number, and two more letters. For instance, W231BM Pittsburgh is the legal identification for WKHB’s translator. “W” as with all stations east of the Mississippi River, “231” being the channel number for FM frequency 94.1, and “BM” being the two additional letters to the callsign.
Alternatively, translators do not have to be legally identified on the air so long as the operator identifies the station through a Morse code signal attached to the transmitter once an hour. Most station operators choose that method while others choose to identify the station like the normal legal IDs that you hear at the top of the hour.
|Translator||Frequency||City of License||Primary||Status||Notes|
|W204CR||88.7||Butler PA||WCOH-FM DuBois PA||Lic|
|W208BR||89.5||Wheeling WV||WPCS Pensacola FL||Lic|
|W248AD||89.9||New Wilmington PA||WYSU Youngstown OH||Lic||Shows a CP Granted in 1997 for 97.5 FM hence why channel 248 is referenced in callsign.|
|W215BC||90.9||Steubenville OH||WXHL-FM Christiana DE||Lic|
|W216AU||91.1||Martins Ferry OH||WAFR Tupelo MS||Lic|
|W222CB||92.3||Irwin PA||WKHB Irwin PA||Lic|
|W223BY||92.5||Connellsville PA||WDKL Masontown PA||Lic|
|W279BK||92.5||Pittsburgh PA||WPGP Pittsburgh PA||CP||was licensed to 103.7 FM in Carbondale PA|
|W227DB||93.3||McKeesport PA||WEDO McKeesport PA||Mod CP (but on air)||was licensed as W281AG Waynesburg for WANB|
|W231BM||94.1||Pittsburgh PA||WKHB Irwin PA||Mod CP||was licensed to Clairton|
|W235BX||94.9||Colliers WV||WEIR Weirton WV||Mod CP|
|W237DX||95.3||East Liverpool OH||WKSU Kent OH||CP|
|W248AR||97.5||Monroeville PA||WKFB Jeannette PA||Lic|
|W249BD||97.7||West View PA||WFRJ Johnstown PA||Lic|
|W250AU||97.9||Jeannette PA||WJLW-LP Greensburg PA||Lic|
|W254CR||98.7||Latrobe PA||WAVL Apollo PA||Lic|
|W257BP||99.3||Weirton WV||WRQY Moundsville PA||Lic|
|W257CD||99.3||Pittsburgh PA||WOGI Moon Township PA||Lic|
|W261AX||100.1||Pittsburgh PA||WAMO Wilkinsburg PA||Lic|
|W262CU||100.3||Indiana PA||WDAD Indiana PA||Lic|
|W236BN||101.1||Homer City PA||WCCS Homer City PA||CP||was CP to 95.1 FM in Berwick PA|
|W266DB||101.1||Uniontown PA||WMBS Uniontown PA||Mod CP||was CP to Canandaigua NY|
|W266CV||101.1||Braddock PA||WZUM Braddock PA||Mod CP||was CP to Dryden NY|
|W283BU||102.1||DuBois PA||WKHB Irwin PA||CP||was licensed to 104.5 in DuBois; FCC shows new CP to 102.1 DuBois; fccdata.org shows new CP associated with WKHB.|
|W244CU||103.9||Pittsburgh PA||WJAS Pittsburgh PA||CP||was licensed to 96.7 FM in Warren PA|
|W280EW||103.9||Wheeling WV||WBBD Wheeling WV||Mod CP||was CP to 99.3 FM in New Baltimore PA|
|W281AI||104.1||Ligonier PA||WESA Pittsburgh PA||Lic|
|W237CX||105.1||Greensburg PA||WKFB Jeannette PA||CP||was licensed to 95.3 FM Bridgeport WV|
|W286AL||105.1||Waynesburg PA||WANB Waynesburg PA||Lic|
|W288BO||105.5||Pittsburgh PA||WOGI Moon Township PA||Lic|
|W292DH||106.3||Uniontown PA||WBGG Pittsburgh PA||Lic-CP||CP modifies the coverage area|
|W283CB||107.3||Wilkinsburg PA||WAMO Wilkinsburg PA||CP||was licensed t0 104.5 FM in Jonestown PA|