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WSYY-FM
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Broadcast areaCentral Penobscot County, Eastern Piscataquis County and Southern Aroostook County of Maine
BrandingThe Mountain 94.9
Programming
FormatFull-service adult hits
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
  • James Talbott
  • (Katahdin Communications, Inc.)
WSYY, WKTJ-FM
History
First air date
1978 (as WKTR at 97.7)
Former call signs
WKTR (1978-1984)
Former frequencies
97.7 MHz (1978-1984)
Technical information
Facility ID33470
ClassC2
ERP25,000 watts
HAAT211 meters (692 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°42′58″N 68°47′54″W / 45.71611°N 68.79833°W / 45.71611; -68.79833
Links
Websitethemountain949.com

WSYY-FM (94.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a full-service adult hits format. Licensed to Millinocket, Maine, United States, the station's broadcast signal serves Central Penobscot County, Eastern Piscataquis County, and Southern Aroostook County, from its tower site in Millinocket. The station is owned by Katahdin Communications, Inc.[1]

WSYY-FM plays a mix of oldies/classic hits, adult contemporary, rock music, and some country crossovers. The station also features programming from CBS News Radio (and has been an affiliate of that network for many decades).[2] WSYY-FM also airs When Radio Was.[3]

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FM broadcasting

FM broadcasting

FM broadcasting is the method of radio broadcasting that uses frequency modulation (FM). Invented in 1933 by American engineer Edwin Armstrong, wide-band FM is used worldwide to transmit high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. FM broadcasting offers higher fidelity—more accurate reproduction of the original program sound—than other broadcasting techniques, such as AM broadcasting. It is also less susceptible to common forms of interference, having less static and popping sounds than are often heard on AM. Therefore, FM is used for most broadcasts of music and general audio. FM radio stations use the very high frequency range of radio frequencies.

Full-service radio

Full-service radio

Full service is a type of radio format; the format is characterized by a mix of music programming and a large amount of locally-produced and hyperlocal programming, such as news and discussion focusing on local issues, sports coverage, and other forms of paid religious and brokered content.

Adult hits

Adult hits

Adult hits is a radio format drawing from popular music from the late 1960s to the present. The format typically focuses on adult contemporary, pop, and rock hits from the 1970s through at least the 1990s, and is synonymous with franchised brands such as Jack FM and Bob FM.

Millinocket, Maine

Millinocket, Maine

Millinocket is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 4,114 at the 2020 census.

Penobscot County, Maine

Penobscot County, Maine

Penobscot County is a county in the U.S. state of Maine, named for the Penobscot Nation on Wabanakik. As of the 2020 census, the population was 152,199. Its county seat is Bangor. The county was established on February 15, 1816, from part of Hancock County when the area was still part of Massachusetts. Penobscot County is home to the University of Maine.

Piscataquis County, Maine

Piscataquis County, Maine

Piscataquis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2020 census, its population was 16,800, making it Maine's least-populous county. Its county seat is Dover-Foxcroft. The county was incorporated on March 23, 1838, taken from the western part of Penobscot County and the eastern part of Somerset County. It is named for an Abenaki word meaning "branch of the river" or "at the river branch."

Aroostook County, Maine

Aroostook County, Maine

Aroostook County is a county in the U.S. state of Maine along the Canada–U.S. border. As of the 2020 census, the population was 67,105. Its county seat is Houlton, with offices in Caribou and Fort Kent.

Oldies

Oldies

Oldies is a term for musical genres such as pop music, rock and roll, doo-wop, surf music from the second half of the 20th century, specifically from around the mid-1950s to the 1980s, as well as for a radio format playing this music.

Classic hits

Classic hits

Classic hits is a radio format which generally includes songs from the top 40 music charts from the late 1960s to the early 2000s, with music from the 1980s serving as the core of the format. Music that was popularized by MTV in the early 1980s and the nostalgia behind it is a major driver to the format. It is considered the successor to the oldies format, a collection of top 40 songs from the late 1950s through the late 1970s that was once extremely popular in the United States and Canada. The term is sometimes incorrectly used as a synonym for the adult hits format, which uses a slightly newer music library stretching from all decades to the present with a major focus on 1990s and 2000s pop, rock and alternative songs. In addition, adult hits stations tend to have larger playlists, playing a given song only a few times per week, compared to the tighter libraries on classic hits stations. For example, KRTH, a classic hits station in Los Angeles, and KLUV, a classic hits station in Dallas, both play power songs up to 30 times a week or more, which is another differentiator compared to other formats that share songs with classic hits libraries.

Adult contemporary music

Adult contemporary music

Adult contemporary music (AC) is a form of radio-played popular music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, pop, soul, R&B, quiet storm and rock influence. Adult contemporary is generally a continuation of the easy listening and soft rock style that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s with some adjustments that reflect the evolution of pop/rock music.

Country music

Country music

Country is a music genre originating in the Southern and Southwestern United States. First produced in the 1920s, country primarily focuses on working class Americans and blue-collar American life.

CBS News Radio

CBS News Radio

CBS News Radio, formerly known as CBS Radio News and historically known as the CBS Radio Network, is a radio network that provides news to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. The network is owned by Paramount Global. It is the last of the three original national U.S. radio networks still operating and still owned by its parent company, even though CBS sold its owned and operated radio stations in 2017. The current NBC Radio Network is actually owned by iHeartMedia but licenses use of the NBC name and NBC's TV news reports.

History

In 1978, WSYY-FM was founded on 97.7 FM as WKTR, upgrading to its current facilities in 1984 on 94.9. Prior to their The Mountain 94.9 branding, WSYY-FM used to be referred to as North Country 95, airing country music full-time.[4][5] The current format, branding, and slogan was probably adopted around March 1, 2004, when Katahdin Communications, Inc. assumed control of WSYY-FM & AM from Katahdin Timberlands, LLC as a result of the radio station facing increasing land disputes, initially as a short term lease agreement, but the transfer of ownership became permanent.[6] Those land disputes would lead to a loss of WSYY-FM's 23,500-watt transmitter location (featuring an antenna HAAT of 211 meters). WSYY-FM may have been operating under a Special Temporary Authority License (a 12,000-watt facility with an antenna HAAT of 68 meters via Hammond Ridge on Lake Road), ever since as long ago as late 2007, pending a planned permanent move to a 22,000-watt facility with an antenna HAAT of 198.4 meters (from just off Nicatou Road in Medway, well east of WSYY-FM's old or current transmitter tower location).[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] On November 23, 2016, the construction permit for this proposed move was modified to a 45,000-watt facility with an antenna HAAT of 146.7 meters, the first time this proposed move has ever received official approval from the FCC.[14][15]

Former sports offerings

The Mountain 94.9 carried local high school sports in season until fall 2017. The Mountain 94.9 also carried the schedule of Red Sox Baseball[16] from 1997 through 2015,[17] when Millinocket's affiliation with the Boston Red Sox Radio Network transferred to co-owned WSYY, concluding the interruptions to the music during Major League Baseball. The transfer was completed on April 2, 2021, when 1240 WSYY returned to the air with translator 102.5 W273DJ debuting with the opening game of the Boston Red Sox.[18][19]

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Country music

Country music

Country is a music genre originating in the Southern and Southwestern United States. First produced in the 1920s, country primarily focuses on working class Americans and blue-collar American life.

Watt

Watt

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Height above average terrain

Height above average terrain

Height above average terrain (HAAT), or effective height above average terrain (EHAAT), is the vertical position of an antenna site is above the surrounding landscape. HAAT is used extensively in FM radio and television, as it is more important than effective radiated power (ERP) in determining the range of broadcasts. For international coordination, it is officially measured in meters, even by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States, as Canada and Mexico have extensive border zones where stations can be received on either side of the international boundaries. Stations that want to increase above a certain HAAT must reduce their power accordingly, based on the maximum distance their station class is allowed to cover.

Special temporary authority

Special temporary authority

Special Temporary Authority (STA) 74 CFR 73.1635 in U.S. broadcast law is a type of broadcast license which temporarily allows a broadcast station to operate outside of its normal technical or legal parameters. In the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) station database (CDBS), broadcast STA applications have a prefix of BSTA (general), BLSTA (legal), BESTA (engineering), or BLESTA (both). STAs can also be issued for other telecommunication services under FCC regulation. Often an STA is necessary due to an unforeseen event. A station operator must exhibit why the STA is necessary and serves the public good.

Medway, Maine

Medway, Maine

Medway is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,187 at the 2020 census.

Broadcast transmitter

Broadcast transmitter

A broadcast transmitter is an electronic device which radiates radio waves modulated with information content intended to be received by the general public. Examples are a radio broadcasting transmitter which transmits audio (sound) to broadcast radio receivers (radios) owned by the public, or a television transmitter, which transmits moving images (video) to television receivers (televisions). The term often includes the antenna which radiates the radio waves, and the building and facilities associated with the transmitter. A broadcasting station consists of a broadcast transmitter along with the production studio which originates the broadcasts. Broadcast transmitters must be licensed by governments, and are restricted to specific frequencies and power levels. Each transmitter is assigned a unique identifier consisting of a string of letters and numbers called a callsign, which must be used in all broadcasts.

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable across the United States. The FCC maintains jurisdiction over the areas of broadband access, fair competition, radio frequency use, media responsibility, public safety, and homeland security.

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, c. 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings," including the Boston Braves. The team has won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and has played in 13 World Series. Their most recent World Series appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series.

Millinocket, Maine

Millinocket, Maine

Millinocket is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 4,114 at the 2020 census.

Boston Red Sox Radio Network

Boston Red Sox Radio Network

The Boston Red Sox Radio Network is an American radio network composed of 54 radio stations which carry English language coverage of the Boston Red Sox, a professional baseball team in Major League Baseball (MLB). Lawrence, Massachusetts station WEEI-FM (93.7 FM), which serves Boston and the Greater Boston area, serves as the network's Flagship. The network also includes 53 affiliates in the U.S. states of Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Florida: 29 AM stations, 24 of which supplement their signals with one or more FM translators; and 24 full-power FM stations, one of which supplement its signal with several FM translators. Joe Castiglione currently serves as the network's play-by-play announcer; since the start of the 2020 Red Sox season, (Will Flemming, Sean McDonough, Jon Sciambi, Dave O'Brien, Dale Arnold and Tom Caron have alternated with Castiglione providing color commentary. In addition to traditional over-the-air AM and FM broadcasts, network programming airs on SiriusXM satellite radio; and streams online via SiriusXM Internet Radio, TuneIn Premium, and MLB.com Gameday Audio.

WSYY (AM)

WSYY (AM)

WSYY is a talk-formatted radio station licensed to Millinocket, Maine, United States. The station serves the Northern and Downeast Maine area. The station is currently owned by Katahdin Broadcasting, Inc. The station currently features programming from CBS News Radio and carries its newscasts at the top of every hour, as well as having covered University of Maine Black Bears sports in the past. The station had also carried local high school sports for many years, but had more recently discontinued those offerings.

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world. MLB is composed of 30 total teams, divided equally between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. The NL and AL were formed in 1876 and 1901, respectively. Beginning in 1903, the two leagues signed the National Agreement and cooperated but remained legally separate entities until 2000, when they merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball. MLB is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. It is also included as one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Syndicated programming

WSYY-FM is one of two Maine affiliates (the other being WLOB in Portland) of When Radio Was, is one of the two Maine affiliates (the other being WWMJ) of The Acoustic Storm, is Maine's only affiliate of the Crook & Chase syndicated country music countdown programming, and is an affiliate of the Blues Deluxe radio show.[20][21][22][23]

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WLOB

WLOB

WLOB is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Portland, Maine. The station is owned by Atlantic Coast Radio and airs a Talk radio format. The studios and transmitter are on Warren Avenue in Portland. WLOB transmits with 5,000 watts using a directional antenna to protect other stations on its frequency.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine

Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine and the seat of Cumberland County. Portland's population was 68,408 in April 2020. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, the 104th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Portland's economy relies mostly on the service sector and tourism. The Old Port is known for its nightlife and 19th-century architecture. Marine industry plays an important role in the city's economy, with an active waterfront that supports fishing and commercial shipping. The Port of Portland is the second-largest tonnage seaport in New England.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

When Radio Was is a syndicated radio program that re-airs old-time radio programs.

WWMJ

WWMJ

WWMJ is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Ellsworth, Maine, United States, the station serves the Bangor, Maine area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media. The station's competitors are WKIT in Brewer and WNSX in Winter Harbor.

Crook & Chase

Crook & Chase

Crook & Chase is an American television talk show hosted by Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on country music.

Country music

Country music

Country is a music genre originating in the Southern and Southwestern United States. First produced in the 1920s, country primarily focuses on working class Americans and blue-collar American life.

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References
  1. ^ "WSYY-FM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "The CBS News Radio Affiliation Page Of WSYY Radio". Archived from the original on May 28, 2020. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "On The Radio Locator Results". www.radiospirits.com. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Most Recent Internet Archive of The Former Website of WSYY-FM". Archived from the original on March 11, 2005.
  5. ^ "The Most Recent Internet Archive of The "About Us" Page Within The Former Website of WSYY-FM". Archived from the original on March 28, 2004.
  6. ^ ""WSYY Radio Threatened With Trespass" By Ken Anderson Mar 9, 2004". Magic-City-News.com. Archived from the original on August 19, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. ^ ""Radio Station Considering Move To Medway" By Nick Sambides, Jr., BDN Staff Nov. 01, 2007". Archive.BangorDailyNews.com.
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  9. ^ "Statistics And Contour Map Regarding WSYY-FM's Special Temporary Authority License (FCCdata.org - powered by REC)". FCCdata.org.
  10. ^ "Details From WSYY-FM's Earliest "Granted" Application With The FCC Regarding WSYY-FM's Special Temporary Authority License". Licensing.FCC.Gov.
  11. ^ "Basic Info About WSYY-FM's Earliest "Granted" Application With The FCC Regarding WSYY-FM's Special Temporary Authority License". Licensing.FCC.Gov.
  12. ^ "An FCC-Issued Letter To WSYY-FM Regarding An Extension Request (Filed On October 5th, 2011) For Their Special Temporary Authority License". Licensing.FCC.Gov.
  13. ^ "NERW 8/12/2013". Fybush.com. August 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Radio-Locator information on WSYY
  15. ^ fcc.gov
  16. ^ "The WSYY-AM 1240 Website/Sports Affiliation Page Of WSYY Radio". Archived from the original on May 29, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  17. ^ WSYY-FM Discontinues Carrying Boston Red Sox Baseball
  18. ^ "Red Sox Radio Network". audacy.com/weei/. March 5, 2021.
  19. ^ "Application For A License To Cover Regarding WSYY-AM's New Translator: 102.5 W273DJ-FM (FCCdata.org - powered by REC)". FCCdata.org.
  20. ^ ""RadioSpirits.com New Releases - Radio Stations"". RadioSpirits.com.
  21. ^ "The Acoustic Storm Stations". AcousticStorm.com.
  22. ^ "Crook and Chase / Local Radio Stations". CrookandChase.com.
  23. ^ "Blues Deluxe Radio Station Affiliates". data.EricJerardi.com.
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