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WBLF
Frequency 970AM (kHz)
City Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Market State College
Branding
Owner Magnum Broadcasting, Inc.
Power 1,000 watts (day)
61 watts (night)
Slogan
Airdate August 1, 1958
Format launch
Format dropped
Sister stations
Website none
Webcast


WBLF (970AM) is a news/talk-formatted radio station licensed to Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, serving the State College area. The station is owned by Magnum Broadcasting, Inc.

Progressive talk programmingEdit

The station carries a mix of conservative, liberal and nonpartisan talk, airing Alan Colmes and Wes Richards in addition to conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh and Roger Hedgecock.

The programming schedule was revamped slightly in late March, 2007. It now includes Centre County This Morning, a live, local morning news and information program and a live, local afternoon newstalk/commentary show, as well as coverage of local sporting events.

On Monday, June 16, 2008, WBLF inaugurated In The Zone with Ironhead, a new live local sports talk show hosted by Jeff Byers.

HistoryEdit

The station was founded by Cary H. Simpson on August 1, 1958. WBLF was one of the original nine stations built by the Allegheny Mountain Network in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Though many believe that the WBLF call letters stand for its city of license, it's speculated that Simpson named the station after his wife, the former Betty Lou Finnegan, who was part owner of the AMN until her death in 1997 though during the station's 50th anniversary celebration he told afternoon personality Wes Richards that the station was "named for the community it serves."

For many years prior to the summer of 2005, WBLF simulcast programming on State College's WRSC. This allowed residents in Northern Centre County to receive WRSC's programming, especially in the evening and at night. In March, 2005, then owner Dame Broadcasting sold its radio stations in the State College market (including WBLF) to 2510 Licenses, LLC. During this change in ownership, the simulcast was discontinued, and WBLF aired placeholder programming. In June, 2005, WBLF was sold by 2510 to Magnum Broadcasting, Inc., a local operator and owner of four other Pennsylvania radio stations, including the fast-growing JOE-FM.

In October, 2005, WBLF relaunched as a separate talk station, the first station in the State College market in direct competition with long-established talk station WRSC. As part of the launch, WBLF hired former WRSC broadcaster Jeff "Ironhead" Byers, who had just returned to State College following a brief period in Punxsutawney at WPXZ. Byers performed a morning show alongside veteran Centre County media figure Tor Michaels, who had also worked at WRSC in the past. Byers and Michaels were joined by broadcasting professionals Jennifer MacIsaac and Todd Brown. The original WBLF weekday lineup included original local affairs programming in the morning with MacIsaac, Michaels and Byers, Rush Limbaugh and Thom Hartmann in the afternoon, original local sports programming with Brown in the late afternoon, and Phil Hendrie in the evening. During not otherwise scheduled programming (overnights and often on the weekend), WBLF aired the Fox Sports Radio feed. National news is provided at the top and bottom of the hour by Fox News Radio.

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