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WDSY-FM
City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Branding Y108
Slogan Pittsburgh's Best Country Variety
Frequency 107.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
107.9 HD-2 for New Country releases
First air date September 1962 (as WEEP-FM)
Format Country
ERP 17,500 watts
HAAT 252 meters
Class B
Facility ID 18525
Callsign meaning "DAISY" former on-air moniker.
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KDKA, WBZW, WZPT
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV stations KDKA & WPCW
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.y108.com

WDSY-FM is located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and broadcasts at 107.9 FM. It is a country music station commonly known as Y108. Its slogan is: "Pittsburgh's Best Country Variety."

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History

First signing on in September 1962, this station was known as WEEP-FM, the sister of former AM station WEEP (now WWNL). Originally as a fully-simulcast outlet of its AM sister, WEEP-FM operated primarily as a vehicle to serve listeners after the AM station was mandated to shut down after sunset.

The station continued operations as WEEP-FM until the late 1970s, doing break-aways from its AM sister as part of the 1965 FCC mandate requiring AM/FM combination license holders to originate separate programming on each station for half the broadcast day. During the break-away period, WEEP-FM would carry a softer vocal based country music format, while its AM sister played more contemporary country hits. In 1977, WEEP-FM changed its call letters to WDSY, and adopting the moniker "Fresh as a Daisy!...WDSY FM 108", making the WEEP-FM format full-time.

As FM began to emerge as radio's leading technology, it took on more of a flagship approach between the two stations, with WEEP simulcasting it, rather than the other way around, as the new WDSY began to evolve into a contemporary country station, and eventually was recognized as the exclusive country music outlet serving the Pittsburgh area. The station's ratings flourished in the late 1980s with the addition of two on-air personalities from top rocker WDVE joining the WDSY lineup...morning DJ Jimmy Roach and midday personality Chris DeCarlo.

In 1991, then-owner Entercom decided to change the station's branding and the station became known as "Pittsburgh's Country, Y108", though the music and call letters remained the same. Channel mentions of 107.9 later were incorporated into the branding as more and more vehicles came equipped with digitally-tuned radios.

WDSY Today

Chris DeCarlo, after completing ten years of service, resigned her midday slot to accept a position with a record company, but was asked to return to the staff a few years later to become part of the morning show. She resigned again in September 2007. Morning show host Brian "Monty" Montgomery has been part of the station's morning show lineup since 1993.

The current edition of the Y108 Country Crew is made up of Brian "Monty" Montgomery, Rick "Zeke" Eberhart, and Ally. Zeke was formally with WMMS of Cleveland. Ally is the newest member of the Country Crew. Ally was formally with WDSY's sister station, Star 100.7. The morning show's producer is Brian "Wookie" Kostek.

The midday slot Monday through Friday is home to Tracey Morgan. She can be heard from 10 am to 3 pm. Tracey hosts the Country Cafe - where you request the songs you want to hear during your lunch hour. Tracey also has the Afternoon Mail Call, highlighting local charity events.

Afternoons belong to Stoney Richards (Monday through Friday, 3 pm to 7 pm). Listen in the 5 pm hour for Car Tunes (fun, care-free songs to help you unwind from your workday). Stoney also has Kid's Trivia and the Sports Dish.

Nights is home to Big Country Nights with Mike Tyler (Monday through Friday 7 pm to midnight). Tune in for some fun with Question Impossible, the Top 8 at 8 (where you can vote for the hottest top 8 songs for that day), and the New Country Challenge (where you decide the winner, challenger vs. champion, between two songs.

WDSY was sold by Entercom to CBS in the late 1990s. At the turn of the century, it moved from its longtime home in the Fulton Theatre (now known as the Byham Theatre) building in downtown Pittsburgh to its current location at Foster Plaza in Greentree, about three miles south of downtown Pittsburgh.

WDSY HD2

WDSY carries an HD2 Subchannel focusing on all new country.

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