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Encyclopedia > WPKL
Broadcast area Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Branding "92.1-99.3, The Pickle
Slogan "Good Time Rock 'n' Roll"
Frequency 99.3 MHz
Format Oldies
ERP 3,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning W PicKLe
Owner Keymarket Licences, LLC
Website The Pickle Online

WPKL is an oldies-formatted radio station in Pennsylvania licensed to Uniontown at 99.3 and in Ellwood City at 92.1. The stations are owned by Keymarket Communications of Pittsburgh. Both stations simulcast one another, with each having a power output of 3,000 watts. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Uniontown is a city in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 50 miles (80 km) south by east of Pittsburgh. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... 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... Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ...


History: Beginnings as WPQR

WPKL first signed on the air December 20, 1968 as WPQR-FM, founded by Ed Olesh. The station was purchased by Pittsburgh attorney Geoffrey P. Kelly in December of 1986, who operated the station under the corporate name Kel Com Broadcasting, Inc. The Kel Com endeavor was a joint partnership between Kelly and Monroeville broadcaster Marlene J. Heshler, who had bought WCVI (AM) in nearby Connellsville (as Mar Com Broadcasting) the year before. For many years following the sale, WPQR maintained a separate sales office in Uniontown, with on-air operations moving to WCVI's facilities at 133 East Crawford Avenue in downtown Connellsville. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Partnership Dissolved

The early 90's marked a period of financial distress over the stations, but the circumstances surrounding it are still unknown. Heshler and Kelly dissolved their partnership in 1991, but Heshler stayed on as General Manager for both stations for a couple of years afterward, with Kelly taking control of both WCVI and WPQR. Heshler left the stations for good by 1994. At around the time of the dissolution, legal action had been taken against both stations by ASCAP/BMI over alleged unpaid music licensing fees.


WPQR would carry an adult contemporary format until 1999, when the station suddenly went dark. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the transmitter had broken down and no money was available to fix it. To complicate matters even further, when the money became available, engineers were not permitted on the property where the transmitter and tower were located to make repairs because Kel Com had lapsed on its rental payments for the leased site. Complicating matters further than that, the property was owned by Fayette County court judge Gerald Solomon. It also became known that Kel Com/Mar Com had also owed its employees back wages, including its General Manager, who had assumed Heshler's former duties. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is a newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1992 as an offshoot of the Greensburg Tribune-Review following a press strike at the two previously dominant Pittsburgh dailies. ... Fayette County is the name of several counties in the United States: Fayette County, Alabama Fayette County, Georgia Fayette County, Illinois Fayette County, Indiana Fayette County, Iowa Fayette County, Kentucky Fayette County, Ohio Fayette County, Pennsylvania Fayette County, Tennessee Fayette County, Texas Fayette County, West Virginia See also the disambiguation...

Both stations were totally automated by this time, using the services of Jones Radio Network's AC format for WPQR, and Music of Your Life for WCVI, offering little in the way of full-service programming elements, as much of the airstaff had left the station after not being paid. Jones Radio Networks is a radio programming company. ... Music of Your Life is a satellite network featuring the Adult Standards radio format. ...

Nevertheless, some of the station's employees, who were still owed the back wages, continued to work for free in a loyal, dedicated effort to keep both stations afloat through WCVI, which still remained on the air, even working in inhumane conditions, such as the heat being turned off in the building, due to a lapse in utility bill payments. Both stations were forced to move to a ground floor office at 131 East Crawford Avenue in the same building, as the second and third floor offices at 133 East Crawford were deemed unsafe by the state Health Department, due largely to a tree growing out of the back of the building that was compromising its structural integrity.

WPQR was also issued an FCC monetary forfeiture of $20,000 in March of 2000 for tower marking and registration violations, as well as failing to install new EAS equipment, which replaced the former EBS system. The licenses for both WCVI and WPQR were turned over to bankruptcy receiver Robert H. Slone of Greensburg in August of that same year. EAS may stand for: Equivalent airspeed, in Aeronautics Emergency Alert System, a US government system Electrophilic aromatic substitution, an organic reaction Experimental and Applied Sciences, a sports nutrition company Early Admission Scheme, in Hong Kong Electronic article surveillance European Astronomical Society European Administrative School in Luxembourg European Administrative School in... EBS may refer to: EBS Building Society, a company in Ireland East Barnet School, a school In North London Edinburgh Business School, a Business school in Edinburgh Educational Broadcasting System, a Korean broadcasting company Electronic braking system Electronic Broking Services, a large private foreign exchange trading system El Nasr Boys... Greensburg is the name of several places in the United States of America: Greensburg, Indiana Greensburg, Kansas Greensburg, Kentucky Greensburg, Pennsylvania Greensburg, West Virginia Greensburg, Louisiana Greensburg, Ohio Category: ...

Both stations were finally sold in a bankruptcy bid sale in November of 2000 for $475,000, according to this article that appeared in the November 15th issue of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ("Georgia buyer takes over radio airwaves") by Jason Togyer: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is a newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It was founded in 1992 as an offshoot of the Greensburg Tribune-Review following a press strike at the two previously dominant Pittsburgh dailies. ...

Fifty years of local ownership for a Connellsville radio station came to an end Tuesday after a Fayette County judge awarded its assets, and those of a sister station, to a conglomerate with roots in Georgia.

But a partner in Keymarket Licenses LLC, which entered the successful $475,000 bid for bankrupt WCVI (1340) and WPQR-FM (99.3), said the company intends to "continue serving the community" after it takes over their operations.

Judge Ralph Warman signed the order transferring the licenses of WCVI and WPQR, along with five acres of land in Dunbar Township where WCVI's towers are located, to Keymarket free and clear of liens. The WCVI building on East Crawford Avenue is separately owned and was not included.

The transfer of the licenses must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, but it could be delayed if protests are lodged.

However, broker Ray Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, who administered the auction, said Keymarket could reach a lease agreement with the bankruptcy receiver, Greensburg attorney Robert Slone, and begin operating the stations immediately. Keymarket, a corporate sibling to Altoona-based Forever Broadcasting, is the parent company of Uniontown's WOGG-FM (94.9), Brownsville's WASP (1130) and Charleroi's WESA (940) and WOGI-FM (98.3).

Three of the stations simulcast a "Froggy" country format, while WASP is now fed syndicated programming via satellite. Keymarket plans to move the Charleroi FM station to Duquesne, Allegheny County, apparently to better reach a Pittsburgh audience.

In the last year, the company also purchased stations in Steubenville and East Liverpool, Ohio, and recently reached agreements to buy seven more near Meadville and Oil City. Court papers state that Keymarket and Forever are controlled by broadcasting executive Kerby Confer of Rome, Ga.

"It's kind of like Wal-Mart coming to a small town," said musician Andy Hresko of Mt. Pleasant, who had hoped to bid on WCVI but backed out when Slone and Rosenblum opened the auction at $300,000.

WCVI and WPQR-FM were owned by Pittsburgh attorney Geoffrey Kelly, who purchased them years ago from separate Fayette County interests. Creditors led by Three Rivers Bank forced the stations into receivership after they reportedly racked up more than $1.5 million in debts.

The stations were fined $20,000 each this summer for what the FCC called "repeated and willful" rule violations, including failing to mark their towers properly and lacking emergency alert system equipment. WPQR has been off the air for months because of transmitter problems. Kelly was not in the courtroom yesterday. In an ironic footnote, Rosenblum said he brokered Kelly's purchase of WPQR more than a decade ago.

There has been speculation that Keymarket, which owns another station on 1340 kilohertz, would reduce WCVI's power or close it down. WCVI first signed on in 1947.

Lynn Deppen of Keymarket, which has opened an office in Carnegie, Allegheny County, said he could not speculate on the stations' future, what formats they will carry or when WPQR will return.

"All I know today is what I know today," he said. "We bought a license and we plan to serve the community. We're going to formulate a plan over the next 45 days."

Deppen disputed claims that by adding the new stations, Keymarket will have a monopoly in Fayette County. "There are all of the Pittsburgh (stations) too," he said.

The only other bidder yesterday was Fayette Broadcasting Co., owner of WMBS (590) in Uniontown. Beaver County businessman Frank Iorio, who owns stations in Beaver Falls and Ambridge, also attended but was turned away because he did not have the $50,000 cashier's check Slone asked eligible bidders to bring.

Fayette Broadcasting dropped out after bidding $452,000, and Executive Director Bob Pritts said he was disappointed that he was unable to acquire the stations. "I really wanted to keep it on a local basis, and if it goes with Froggy, it's not going to be local," he said.

Courtroom spectators included Candy Lepre, one of two remaining WCVI employees. The disc jockey and announcer has been working 10 to 14 hours per day to keep the station on the air despite being among WCVI's creditors. Lepre said she is owed $800 in back pay. She said she doesn't know if she has a job under the new ownership. "It's hard when you put your life into something to see it go away", Lepre said."

After the Sale

Keymarket took WCVI off the air and immediately began work to overhaul the transmitter sites of both it and WPQR, restoring both to the air in August of 2001. Keymarket successfully applied for the new call letters WPKL, to represent its new format flip to oldies, via ABC's Oldies Radio, as "The Pickle". WCVI returned under the new call letters WPNT, and simulcasts WPKL. No real information on why "The Pickle" was chosen as their name (it's believed that the name was an homage to Pittsburgh's Heinz foods, which also produces pickles), but it is one-of-a-kind. WPKL simulcasts on co-owned WKPL-FM 92.1 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Ellwood City is a borough located in Pennsylvania. ...

Upon the sale, WPKL and WCVI moved its operations out of the Crawford Avenue building to the building housing its sister stations along Route 88 in California, just north of Brownsville. Those operations later moved to Carnegie, where the stations operate from today. The Crawford Avenue building today, after years of hearings over ownership liability, has since been sold. It still stands vacant. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Brownsville is the name of several places in the United States of America: Brownsville, California Brownsville, Florida Brownsville, Kentucky Brownsville, Maryland Brownsville, Minnesota Brownsville, Ohio Brownsville, Oregon Brownsville, Pennsylvania Brownsville, Tennessee Brownsville, Texas (The first two battles of the Mexican-American War were fought neart this city. ... Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, for whom are named Carnegie Steel Company The Carnegie Building, a building on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for which he provided funds. ...

WPKL Today

In April of 2002, Keymarket hired Robert "Fish" Herring as their new morning DJ. Herring previously worked evenings at Washington County oldies competitor WJPA. Herring continues in that role today on the "Real Dill Pickle Morning Show". Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... WJPA is an oldies simulcast on both the AM and FM bands. ...


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External links

  • The Pickle Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WPKL
  • Radio Locator information on WPKL



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