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Broadcast area Philadelphia, PA
Branding "Philadelphia's Christian Radio"
First air date 1922
Frequency 560 (kHz)
Format Religious
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning Combination of previous callsigns when those two stations merged (WFI and WLIT)
Owner Pennsylvania Media Associates (Salem Communications)
Website www.wfil.com

WFIL is the name of a radio station, and also the former name of a television station, serving the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its transmitter is located in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Image File history File links logo of WFIL File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article refers to the largest city of Pennsylvania. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is the list of broadcast station classes. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Lafayette Hill is a small unincorporated community in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ...

Located at 560 on the AM dial, WFIL is immediately adjacent to New York City's WMCA (at 570), and interestingly, the two stations have extremely similar histories: both were Top 40 stations in the 1960s, both underwent a format evolution as AM radio faded as a music medium, and both are Christian/religious-formatted today. WFIL and WMCA are both 5,000 watt radio stations, but each one puts less than 5kW of power in the specific direction of the other, because they are located next to each other on the dial, and are not allowed, by the FCC, to interfere with each other. Both stations also maintained Call For Action telephone help lines, being among the first radio stations in the United States to do so. The telephone number of WFIL's Call For Action line was GReenwood 7-5312. AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... Call For Action was the name given to telephone help lines maintained by many radio stations in the United States, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. ...



WFIL was formed by a merger of two stations that were launched in 1922. One used the call letters WFI, the other was originally WDAR. Each was owned by a major Philadelphia department store; WFI was operated by Strawbridge and Clothier, while WDAR was run by Lit Brothers. While operated independently of each other, the two were able to work out amicable share-time agreements (hundreds of other American stations at the time were unable to do so, and frequently engaged in "jamming wars"). Around 1924, WDAR applied for and received the custom callsign WLIT. By the late 1920s, the two stations were working jointly on various programs, promotions, and sponsorship efforts. In 1935, the two operators agreed to merge with each department store having representation on the new board of directors. The new callsign became WFIL, a combination of the two previous identifiers (the fact that the new call letters were close to a phonetic spelling of "Philadelphia" was merely a happy coincidence). The new WFIL was an affiliate of NBC; some sources say the station never became established as either a "basic Red" or "basic Blue" outlet, but at least one early WFIL advertisement claimed that it was a "basic Blue" station. Westinghouse's KYW had replaced WFI-WLIT as the NBC primary for Philadelphia when it moved in from Chicago a few years before. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Strawbridge and Clothier is a department store found in the northeastern United States with stores in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. ...

WFIL was purchased in 1947 by Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications, Inc. which also owned The Philadelphia Inquirer. By then WFIL was an affiliate of the newly-named ABC Radio Network. WFIL's sister stations under Triangle Publications ownership were WFIL-FM and WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, WNHC AM-FM-TV in New Haven, KFRE AM-FM-TV in Fresno, California, WFBG AM-FM-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania, WNBF AM-FM-TV in Binghamton, New York, and WLYH-TV in Lancaster/Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Triangle Publications sold WFIL AM-FM-TV to Capital Cities Broadcasting (Capital Cities Communications) in 1971 with the radio stations spun-off to new owners, WFIL to LIN Broadcasting and WFIL-FM to Richer Communications which changed the call letters to WIOQ. WFIL-TV took on the new call letters of WPVI-TV. Walter H. Annenberg Walter H. Annenberg KBE (March 13, 1908 – October 1, 2002) was an American billionaire publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat. ... The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ... ABC Radio Networks Logo ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ... WIOQ, known as Q102, is a CHR/Pop radio station which is broadcast in the Philadelphia area. ... WPVI-TV Channel 6 is the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by ABCs parent company Disney, with transmitter in Roxborough. ... WPLR (also known as 99. ... WTNH, channel 8, is the ABC affiliate for the state of Connecticut, licensed to New Haven and serving the Hartford/New Haven television market. ... KFSN-TV is the ABC owned and operated television station in Fresno, California. ... WFGY, Froggy 98 FM, is a Froggy branded Country music outlet serving the Altoona and State College and is owned and operated by Forever Broadcasting, LLC. WFGY is the flagship station of the Froggy Radio network of stations in the region, which also includes WFGI-FM (Froggy 95. ... WTAJ-TV is the CBS affiliate in Altoona, Pennsylvania. ... Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... WNBF is a News/Talk radio station in Binghamton, New York. ... WBNG-TV is the CBS television affiliate in Binghamton, New York. ... Binghamton is a city located in the Southern Tier of New York in the United States. ... WLYH-TV, CW 15, is the CW Television Network affiliate in the Susquehanna Valley region of Pennsylvania. ... LIN TV Corporation is an American holding company that operates 23 television stations and has investments in five other stations. ... WIOQ, known as Q102, is a CHR/Pop radio station which is broadcast in the Philadelphia area. ... WPVI-TV, channel 6, is an owned-and-operated station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

Birth of two Rock and Roll legends

Studios for the early WFIL radio stations were in the Widener Building in downtown Philadelphia. Under Triangle Publications' ownership the stations were moved to a new broadcast facility at 46th and Market Street in West Philadelphia adjacent to the Arena, the first broadcast facility in the nation specifically designed for television broadcasting. It was in this new broadcast center that Triangle began broadcasting Bandstand (later called American Bandstand), first with Bob Horn, then with Dick Clark as host. Clark started on WFIL radio as a disc jockey in 1952, arriving from Utica, NY. He continued hosting the TV program for 31 years, the last 30 as a national show carried by the ABC Television Network. Clark moved the program to Hollywood in 1964. Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Shortly after Clark's emergence on the national stage, he became a major figure in the early days of Rock and Roll as "Bandstand" proved pivotal in helping promote the major stars of the era.

Settling into a new home

In February 1964, Triangle moved the WFIL stations to a new state-of-the-art broadcast center at the corner of City Line and Monument Avenues in Philadelphia, from which WPVI continues to broadcast.

Starting on September 18, 1966, WFIL began playing "Top 40" rock and roll. It quickly became the most successful non-RKO "Boss Radio" formatted station. The original line up of air personalities, or "Boss Jocks" were scheduled as follows: September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...

6am -10am : Chuck Browning

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10pm - 2am : Dave Parks

2am - 6am: Frank Kingston Smith Frank Kingston Smith, deejay Frank worked at many major market radio stations including WFIL Philadelphia (1966), WICE Providence (1967), WRKO Boston under the name Bobby Mitchell (1968-1970), and WIBG Philadelphia (1970) before arriving at WABC (AM) (1971-1974). ...

WFIL personalities heard in later years of the Top 40 era included Dr. Don Rose, Jim O'Brien, Dan Donovan, J.J. Jeffrey, Long John Wade, Brother Love, and Banana Joe. J.J. Jeffrey is an American radio executive and a former prominent Top 40 disk jockey whose work was heard on some of the United States most influential rock-and-roll stations during the 1960s and 1970s. ...

The format evolved into an adult contemporary sound in 1977. At some point after that, the WFIL studios were relocated to Domino Lane in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia; they moved into the building of FM station WUSL, which WFIL owner LIN Broadcasting had acquired in late 1976. Growing competition from FM stations in this period did serious damage to WFIL's ratings. In September of 1981 country music was tried, but this failed to reverse the downward trend. The station switched to an "oldies" format in August of 1983 playing the hits of 1955 through 1973. The format did well until November of 1987, when WCAU-FM and WIOQ both took on oldies formats. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... WUSL, known as Power 99 FM, is a mainstream urban radio station, owned by Clear Channel Communications and licensed to Philadelphia. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... 98. ... WIOQ, known as Q102, is a CHR/Pop radio station which is broadcast in the Philadelphia area. ...

WEAZ Inc. bought WFIL in 1987, and dismantled the station's on-air lineup. Locally originated music programming was discarded in favor of Transtar's "Oldies Channel" satellite format. This continued with minimal success and listenership until 1989, when WFIL quietly began simulcasting sister station Easy 101.1 WEAZ (which had a soft adult contemporary format by then). Soon thereafter, the FM became WEAZ-FM so that WFIL could become WEAZ. In September 1991, the AM launched a mostly automated beautiful music format known as "Wish", a play on the old WWSH station which had a similar format in Philadelphia back in the 1970s. Then on May 26, 1993, WEAZ became WBEB while WEAZ-FM became WBEB-FM. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

The AM station was sold for $4 million in October of 1993 to Salem Communications (which had almost bought the station three years earlier for $6.5 million but backed out of the deal at the last minute) and on November 1, 1993, the station was renamed WPHY, with a religious format focusing on Christian talk and teaching. WBEB-FM then became WBEB and to this day, continues on with its adult contemporary format. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) is a media company operating in the United States, with 99 U.S. radio stations (pending acquisitions) that are primarily concentrated in the nations biggest markets, including 65 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

The Christian teaching and talk format is still in use today. When a TV station in South Carolina that had been using the WFIL call letters dropped them, Salem immediately moved to reclaim the famous call sign. The call letters officially reverted to WFIL on September 6, 1994. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...

In its rock-and-roll heyday, the station was known colloquially as "Famous 56" and employed the slogan "Rockin' In The Cradle of Liberty." Its 5000-watt transmitter enabled its signal to be heard as far away at times as Staten Island, the southernmost borough of New York City. During its top 40 years, WFIL also consistently showed strongly in the ratings books in nearby Wilmington, Delaware, where it has an excellent signal. In addition, WFIL was a popular listening choice in Reading and Allentown, both in Pennsylvania. Staten Island (IPA: ) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

Today, WFIL is locally co-owned with Salem's WNTP (990 AM). Interestingly, WNTP is the former WIBG. WIBG was WFIL's main rock 'n roll rival in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The studios, offices and transmitters of both stations are located at the former WIBG complex on Ridge Pike in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania.

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