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WHYL Radio (AM/FM) Commemorates 70 Years of Public Service

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November 13, 2018
WHYL Radio (AM/FM) Commemorates Special Milestone November 30
Family Owned and Operated Radio Station Celebrates 70 Years of Public Service


Radio Carlisle recently celebrated owner Harold Swidler’s inclusion into the Cumberland Valley High School Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the school, its football program and the community.  While that is a great individual achievement, the Swidler family can also boast a radio station portfolio that is rooted deep in the Carlisle community too.  There are three stations under the Radio Carlisle roof; Red 102.3/WCAT, Country Gold 97.9/WIOO and Oldies 102.9/WHYL.  Of the three, WHYL (Oldies 102.9 FM/AM 960) has been on the air longer than most in the area and on November 30 will celebrate 70 years of service.
WHYL, as it’s now recognized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was licensed on February 25, 1949.  Early records; however, show broadcasts dating to December of 1948.  Today’s WHYL was originally known as WLXW and one of its first broadcasts had a holiday theme, that being coverage of Santa’s arrival in Carlisle. 
Over the years WHYL has seen many great and memorable on-air talents come and go.  This includes the late great Ben Barber, Scott Donato, Sandy Loy and Carlisle’s former Mayor, Kirk Wilson just to name a few.  Various ownership groups and formats have been associated with the WHYL call letters, but it wasn’t until the Swidler family bought it in 2014 that WHYL returned to the forefront for listeners who enjoyed its “Good Time Oldies” format.  Re-born in March of 2015 and anchored then by Wilson and Larry Flood, Oldies 960 quickly became a station unlike any other in Carlisle.  Just over one year later, WHYL went FM, simulcasting its format on 102.9.  Wilson and Flood have retired from full-time work, but the great sounds continue to flow from the WHYL transmitter.
This rich history will be honored via special 70th birthday bash on Friday, November 30 at the WHYL studios starting at 8:30 a.m.  Join members of the Carlisle Chamber for a ribbon cutting and breakfast as they celebrate central Pennsylvania’s oldest radio station.  This will also serve as an official introduction to WHYL’s new morning show host, Scott Johnson.  Johnson, hired in early November, makes his return to central Pennsylvania radio beginning at 6 a.m. THIS MONDAY, November 12.  He’ll be complimented by afternoon man J.J. Randolph, with Johnson’s shift running 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Randolph’s from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
To be part of the morning, connect with Radio Carlisle’s Eric Swidler at 717-243-1200 or via e-mail at wioo@pa.net.  It’s free to attend and…bring your requests for Scott Johnson as he’ll play some back between ribbon cutting time and the end of his shift at 10 a.m.