WEAN-FM

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WEAN-FM
WPRO Providence New Logo.jpg
CityWakefield-Peacedale, Rhode Island
Broadcast areaProvidence, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
BrandingNews Talk 99.7FM and AM 630 WPRO
SloganThe Voice of Southern New England
Frequency99.7 MHz/Channel 259
First air dateJune 1995
FormatNews-talk
ERP2,300 watts
HAAT163 meters (535 ft)
ClassA
Facility ID4376
Transmitter coordinates41°34′23″N 71°37′56″W / 41.57308°N 71.63216°W / 41.57308; -71.63216Coordinates: 41°34′23″N 71°37′56″W / 41.57308°N 71.63216°W / 41.57308; -71.63216
Call sign meaningFormer callsign for WPRV, which was a longtime all-news station as "79 WEAN"
Former call signsWUAE (April 23, 1992 – June 16, 1995),
WDGE (June 16, 1995–November 24, 1997),
WXEX (November 24, 1997–September 13, 1999),
WHCK (September 13, 1999–March 20, 2000),
WZRA (March 20, 2000–May 13, 2002),
WSKO-FM (May 13, 2002–March 11, 2008)
AffiliationsWestwood One, New England Patriots Radio Network
OwnerCumulus Media
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsWPRO, WPRO-FM, WPRV, WWKX, WWLI
WebcastWPRO Live Feed
Website630wpro.com

WEAN-FM (99.7 FM, "News Talk 99.7 FM & AM 630 WPRO") is a radio station licensed to Wakefield-Peacedale, Rhode Island. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, and airs a news-talk format. WEAN-FM is a full-time simulcast of WPRO/630 in Providence, serving as WPRO's satellite in southern Rhode Island. Operations are based at WPRO's studios in East Providence.

Prior to becoming WEAN-FM on March 11, 2008; 99.7 was modern rock "99.7 The Edge" WUAE, later WDGE; hard rock "99.7X" WXEX; classic rock simulcast "The Hawk"; '80s simulcast "Z100" (as WZRA) & finally "The Score" (WSKO-FM), which broadcast a sports format that simulcast most programming from WSKO/790 (now WPRV).

Programming[edit]

As a simulcast on WPRO, much of WEAN-FM's programming is locally produced, with programs hosted by WJAR anchor Gene Vallicenti, Matt Allen, Dan Yorke, and former WLNE-TV reporter Tara Granahan. Syndicated programming includes John Batchelor and Red Eye Radio.

Weekend programming includes the John Loughlin Show, Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News, locally produced brokered shows as well as syndicated shows such as Bill Cunningham.

WEAN-FM is an affiliate of the New England Patriots Radio Network.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

99.7 was issued its first callsign, WUAE, on April 23, 1992. The station would remain a construction permit until June 1995, when it would sign on as modern rock WDGE-"99.7 The Edge." The station was built by local broadcast engineer Randy Place. Starting with the acquisition of former smooth jazz WOTB in 1996 (which became WDGF on June 14, 1996),[1] The Edge advertised itself as "99.7/100.3 The Edge." This simulcast would last a short time as the 100.3 frequency became "100.3 The Beat". Meanwhile, WDGE began leaning towards hard rock and became WXEX, calling itself "99.7X", in November 1997. This format lasted until New Year's Day 1999, when it returned to simulcasting 100.3 as "100FM The Hawk."[2]

2000s[edit]

Former logo under the "Z100" branding

The 2000s started with 99.7 still simulcasting 100.3 as "The Hawk." Both stations flipped formats again, this time to all-1980s "Z100" (still as a simulcast). In 2002, 99.7 turned off its stereo pilot and became sportstalk "99.7 The Score", or most times when simulcasting WSKO/790, "99.7 and 790 The Score". 99.7 carried the Patriots Rock Radio Network (which it still does as a simulcast of WPRO), Pawsox Radio Network until 2006 (those rights went to WHJJ in 2007) as well as the New York Yankees Radio Network until 2007 (the former AM side of The Score, now WPRV, still carries the Yankees). "The Score" ended on March 10, 2008 with the AM side becoming WPRV–"True Oldies 790", and 99.7 becoming WEAN-FM and simulcasting AM 630 WPRO.

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