Format switches to ‘classic country’ at WCIT


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — A change in Federal Communications Commission regulations, coupled with a demand from Limaland country music fans for “the good old stuff,” has led to a format change at radio station WCIT-940 AM.

According to Phil Austin, operations manager for Woof Boom Radio, at noon Thursday the station switched from a sports talk station to a format of what Austin called “classic country” programming.

In addition, the songs featured on WCIT will also be simulcast over a new FM station — The Legend 98.5.

Austin said the FCC has provided radio stations the opportunity to apply for an FM signal that can be attached to existing AM signals, opening the way for some long-anticipated and eagerly awaited changes at the station.

“We were able to launch a new FM signal attached to our AM station, it only made sense to investigate our programming options,” Austin said Friday, the first full day of the classic country format at WCIT and its FM counterpart, The Legend.

“We’ve had a lot of request for the good old stuff; we hear that constantly,” Austin said. “So classic country was the first thing that came to mind when we got our FM signal.”

Austin said the station will feature artists from the 1990s — Garth Brooks, Confederate Railroad and others — along with earlier country classics from artists such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

Much of the sports talk format formerly featured on WCIT is still available on WCIT’s sister station, 93.1 FM The Fan, Austin said.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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