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City of license Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Branding 97.3 WRVV
Slogan "Rock without the Hard Edge"
Frequency 97.3 (MHz) (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1946
Format Rock and Roll
Power 18.5 kW
ERP 15 kW
HAAT 260 meters
Class B
Facility ID 15324
Transmitter coordinates 40°20′42.9468″N 76°52′7.5866″W / 40.345263°N 76.868774056°W / 40.345263; -76.868774056
Callsign meaning W (Susquehanna) RiVer V
Former callsigns WHP-FM (1946-1992)
Owner Clear Channel Communications
Sister stations WRBT, WHKF, WHP, WTKT, WKBO

WRVV (97.3 The River) is a FM Radio station broadcasting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Its format is Rock Music broadcasting on 97.3 mHz with a power of 15 kilowatts from the WHP-TV tower in Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania. Its slogan is "The River 97.3 WRVV, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Lebanon: Rock without the Hard Edge". The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications.



The station was signed on in 1946 by WHP Inc, owner of WHP-AM. As such, it duplicated format with WHP-AM about 50% of the time. The rest of the time was devoted to musical instrumentals and other "Musak" type material.

In 1992 the station was sold to Dame Media along with its sister station WHP-AM and moved out of the Channel 21 building to a new studio location at 600 Corporate Circle (40°18′24.9372″N 76°50′56.9436″W / 40.306927°N 76.849151°W / 40.306927; -76.849151). The format change to Rock music. Since that time, the format has undergone slight evolution, occurring mostly after the sale to Clear Channel in 1999. Overall, WRVV is known for being true to the rock music without the hard edge format since its inception.

On-Air Personalities



  • Chris Tyler and Bob Hauer: hosts of the River morning show
  • Glenn Hamilton: mid-days (9am-2pm)
  • Jeni Gipe: afternoons (2pm-7pm)
  • Michael Anthony Smith: evenings (7pm-midnight)
  • Chris Andree: overnights (midnight-5am)


  • Sherry Anderson
  • Tom Castle
  • J.C. Floyd
  • Mark Sinclair


  • Mini-Concerts: A set of three songs played by a particular artist every weekday morning at 10. The set starts off with the sound of a concert crowd cheering, although the songs are played as their regular album versions. The station also occasionally features mini-concert weekends, which are played at the bottom half of every hour from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
  • 8:00 '80s Thing: Rock music played exclusively from that decade every weeknight at 8.
  • Weekly Artist Profile: Jeni Gipe provides information on a particular rock artist/group and plays three of their songs every Tuesday night at 9. Profiles are often divided into two or three parts.
  • Wednesday CD: A classic rock & roll album played in its entirety without interruption every Wednesday night at 11.
  • Thursday Night Theme Set: A set of three songs that fit a particular theme, played every Thursday night at 9. The selection is picked and submitted by local residents.
  • Friday Flashback: Rock from the '70s and '80s to kick off the weekend, played every Friday afternoon at 5.
  • Superstar Concert: Glenn Hamilton hosts this every Saturday night at 11 and plays a live concert from a particular rock group.


  1. 1948 Broadcasting Yearbook, pg B-139

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