WILK (AM)

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WILK
WILK980.PNG
City of licenseWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaScranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton
BrandingWILK Newsradio
Frequency980 kHz
First air date1947
FormatNews/Talk
Power5,000 watts daytime,
1,000 watts nighttime
ClassB
Facility ID34380
Transmitter coordinates41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722Coordinates: 41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722
Callsign meaningWILKes-Barre
OwnerEntercom Communications
(Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC)
Sister stationsWILK-FM, WKZN, WBZU
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteWILKNewsRadio.com
 
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WILK
WILK980.PNG
City of licenseWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaScranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton
BrandingWILK Newsradio
Frequency980 kHz
First air date1947
FormatNews/Talk
Power5,000 watts daytime,
1,000 watts nighttime
ClassB
Facility ID34380
Transmitter coordinates41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722Coordinates: 41°13′43″N 75°56′50″W / 41.22861°N 75.94722°W / 41.22861; -75.94722
Callsign meaningWILKes-Barre
OwnerEntercom Communications
(Entercom Wilkes-Barre Scranton, LLC)
Sister stationsWILK-FM, WKZN, WBZU
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteWILKNewsRadio.com

WILK is also known as Northeast Pennsylvania's Newsradio and owned by Entercom Communications.

History[edit]

WILK originally signed on the air around January of 1947. The studios were located at 88 North Franklin street in Wilkes-Barre. The station's original broadcast frequency was 1450 kHz at 250 watts during its early years. In 1951 WSCR in Scranton moved from 1000Kkz to 1320,making it possible for WILK to move to 980 with a three tower array, broadcasting 5kW non-directional day and 1kW directional night time. It was an ABC radio affiliate. As such, it spawned WILK-TV channel 34, one of northeast Pennsylvania's two original ABC affiliates. That station merged with Scranton's WARM-TV to form WNEP-TV, which still operates under WILK-TV's license.

From the 1990s until 2005, it was the originating station in the WILK Radio Network. However, that distinction now belongs to FM sister WILK-FM.

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