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City of license Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding AM960 WHYL
Slogan "Playing Your Kind of Music"
Frequency 960 (kHz)
First air date 1948
Format Adult Standards
Power 5000 Watts (day)
22.3 Watts (night)
Class D
Callsign meaning Initials
Owner Route 81 Radio

WHYL (960 AM) is an Adult Standards music formatted radio station licensed to serve Carlisle, Pennsylvania, consisting of a 2 tower array broadcasting on 960 kHz. The call letters are the initials of Richard F. Lewis, Jr.'s wife, one of the station's former owners. The call sign was shared with an FM sister station, WHYL-FM, broadcasting on 102.3 MHz from an antenna on the south tower, later moving to Sterret's Gap. On April 26]], 2002 the call sign was changed to WRKZ-FM[1] (the call sign was changed again on February 17, 2004 and is currently WCAT-FM)[2]. WHYL is an affiliate of the ABC Radio Network. WHYL on-air personalities include Ben Barber and Sandy Loy.


Signal Coverage

The directional array forms a dual lobe pattern extending East-West from around Mortgantown to around Everett[1].

Power Level

As a Class D station, WHYL is required to lower its power at sunset and even lower during the nighttime because of skywave interference to co-channel stations. Between sunrise and sunset[2], the station is permitted to operate at its full 5,000 watt power level. During months where sunrise happens later than 6:00am local time, pre-sunrise authorization allows the station the raise its power to 500 Watts beginning at 6:00am. Post-sunset authorization allows the station to broadcast beyond sunset at a reduced power level in steps starting around 100 watts and ending up at night time power of 22.3 watts.


Promotional publication, dated August 19, 1967 (page 1)
Promotional publication, dated August 19, 1967 (page 2)
  • 1948: WLXW signed on the air at 1460 kHz broadcasting out of the old Lemoyne Theatre, owned by Richard F. Lewis, Jr., Inc..
  • 1953: Station moved to Carlisle, changing frequency to 960 kHz and call sign to WHYL. Flipped format to Top 40.
  • 1966: The current morning show host, Ben Barber, joins the station (pictured in The Channel 96 WHYL Smile Guys, last head shot at the bottom).
  • 1980: Format flip to country.
  • December 10, 1984: Post-sunset authorization was granted and began.
  • 1989: Station is sold to Lincoln Zeve under Zeve Broadcasting, who flips format to adult standards.
  • 2002: Citadel Broadcasting purchases the station and flips format to satellite based "Music of Your Life" oldies.
  • 2004: Citadel sells the station to start-up company Route 81 Radio.
  • March 6, 2004: Route 81 drops oldies format for locally-originated adult standards.[3]
  • February 14, 2005: Flipped format to talk format in an effort to compete with long-time talker WHP 580.[4]
  • November 24, 2005: Began another format flip, stunting with an all-Christmas music format.[5]
  • January 2, 2006: The station assumed the Adult standards format, still on the air today.[6]
  • January 15, 2007: Royal Broadcasting, Inc. signs an asset purchase agreement[3] to buy the station and begins to operate it under an LMA.[7]
  • January 14, 2008: Royal Broadcasting, Inc. does not renew its LMA because of the untimely processing of the request by the Federal Communications Commission[8] partly due to a petition to deny filed on the license renewal.[9] Ownership defaults back to Route 81 Radio. Petition to deny rejected by FCC and station is LMA'd to Trustworthy Radio LLC on July 15, 2008, with original Route 81 GM Bruce Collier returning as half-owner. Adult Standards format remains along with Ben and Sandy in the morning.

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