WCFR


WCFR

Infobox Radio station
name = WCFR


city = Springfield, Vermont
area =
branding =
slogan = "Classics Hits at WCFR AM 1480.com"
frequency = 1480 AM
repeater =
airdate = Current format 2007
share =
share as of =
share source =
format = Classic Hits
power = 5 kilowatts day/20 watts night
erp =
haat =
class = B
facility_id = 4909
coordinates =
callsign_meaning = Carlo, Frank, and Ruth (Zezza)
former_callsigns = WNIX (1954 - 1957) WNBX
affiliations = Boston Red Sox baseball
owner = Koor Communications, Inc.
licensee =
sister_stations = WNTK-FM WNTK WUVR
webcast = [http://s7.viastreaming.net:7650/listen.pls Listen through Winamp]
website = [http://www.wcfram.com/ WCFRAM.com]

WCFR is an AM Radio station licensed to Springfield, Vermont. It broadcasts a classic hits format with 5,000 watts during the day. The station carries local high school sports and Boston Red Sox baseball from the Red Sox Radio Network.

History

WCFR was known as WNBX from 1999 to 2006.WCFR was started in 1954 as WNIX. It was purchased by Vermont Broadcasting legend Carlos Zezza in the 1950's. WCFR is named for the first initials of Zezza's three children. It enjoyed many years as a successful music station. Zezza sold WCFR to Sconnix in 1974 and they changed the format from Top-40 to Adult Contemporary. Zezza's son Frank led a group that purchased the station back from Sconnix in the early 80's. By the 1980's, WCFR's popularity waned in favor of its sister station at the time, WCFR-FM. The 1990's saw several changes in ownership and WCFR carried various formats through the decade. In 1998, WCFR-AM changed from adult standards to a business news format [http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-980904.html] . The station was silent for a time after station operator Brian Dodge, who changed the callsign to WNBX, was charged with domestic assault [http://www.bostonradio.org/nerw/nerw-001128.html] , the station was carrying programming from sister station WWNH in Madbury, New Hampshire at the time. Current owner, Bob Vinikoor bought the station in 2001 and switched it to a simulcast of established FM talk station WNTK-FM. The format was switched to oldies in 2003 and the WCFR call letters returned in 2006. WCFR finally switched to the current classic hits format in 2007 when Ray Kimball took over the job of running the station. Former sister station WCFR-FM, later WEEY on 93.5 was sold separately from the AM WCFR in 1998 and was moved to Swanzey, NH in 2007. WPLY-FM was known as WCFR until owner Nassau Broadcasting sold off a group of stations in Pennsylvania and parked the WPLY call letters on 96.3 in Walpole, New Hampshire.

External links

*AMQ|WCFR
*AML|WCFR
*AMARB|WCFR


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