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WXTA
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City of license Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Erie, Pennsylvania
Branding Country 98
Frequency 97.9 (MHz)
Format Country
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations WRIE, WQHZ
Website http://www.country98wxta.com

WXTA (97.9 FM) is a commercial radio station located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, broadcasting to the Erie, Pennsylvania, area. WXTA airs a country music format branded as "Country 98".

History

WMYJ-FM was sister to WMYJ-AM who was started by Bulmer Communications who also owned radio stations in Ashtabula, Dunkirk, Lima, Ottawa and Logansport. John Bulmer was forced to see the Erie radio stations due to overlap in signals (during the time you could only own 1AM and 1FM in the same market). In 1985 he sold both stations to Erie Communications who also owned radio stations in Sandusky, Cleveland and Johnstown NY.

The station was purchased by Bob Winters (WinCapp Broadcasting) over the summer of 1989. The format switch to country happened at noon on September 11, 1989. WXTA was sold to Media One in 1997, Regent Communications in 1999, and Citadel Communications in 2004.

Former air personalities at WXTA include "Uncle Fred" Horton, Bobby Reed, Ron Kline, Mike McKay, Natalie Massing, John Cunningham, Scott Stevens, "Big John" Jacobs, Ed Beeler, Bobbi Weston, Brian Williams, Rick Shigo, Chris Atkins, Dale Thompson, Chet Price, Bill Shannon, Laura Luke, Jim Mirabello, Adam Reese, John Gallagher, Tom "Hot Rod" Lavery, Sammy James, Jay Foyst, Herb Palmer, and Dan "Shoeless" Sheldon.

Former syndicated programming on WXTA includes "After Midnite with Blair Garner", "Country Gold Saturday Night" and "Neon Nights with Lia".

Morning Personality "Uncle Fred" Horton died on March 4, 2008.

Current on-air personalities include syndicated "Big D & Bubba", Elly McVay, Truckin' Tom, and Adam Reese.

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