West Virginia Radio and TV Stations (1956)

The following was taken from the 1956 West Virginia Blue Book.


BECKLEY

W J L S: 560 KC, 5,000 watts day. 500 watts night. directive antenna nighttime. Affiliated with Columbia Broadcasting System and the Personality Network. (WKNA, Charleston; WKWK, Wheeling). Address: WJLS Building. Owner: Joe L. Smith. Jr. Inc. President: Joe L. Smith. Jr. Manager: Virginia N. Cooper. Sales Manager: R. R. Brown.

W W N R: 620 KC. unlimited time. Address: 1565 Harper Road. Owner: Rahall Broadcasting Co. President: N. Joe Rahall. Manager: Dick Booth.

BLUEFIELD

W H I S: 1440 KC, 5,000 watts, unlimited time, using directive antenna at night. Affiliated with National Broadcasting Company. Address: Municipal Bldg. Owner: Daily Telegraph Printing Co. Vice-President and General Manager: H. I. Shott, Jr. Station Manager: P. T. Flanagan.

W H I S - T V: Channel 6. 50,000 watts. Affiliated with NBC. Address: Municipal Building. Owner: Daily Telegraph Printing Company. Vice-President and General Manager: H. I. Shott, Jr. Station Manager: P. T. Flanagan. Sales Manager: John Shott.

W K O Y: 1240 KC. 250 watts. unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Studios and Transmitter, College Drive. Sales Office: West Virginian Hotel. Owned and operated by WKOY, Inc. President and General Manager: J. Lindsey Alley.

CHARLESTON

W C A W: 1400 KC. 250 watts, unlimited time. Address: Box 2791. Studio: Kanawha Hotel. Owner: Capitol Broadcasting Corporation. President: E. M. Johnson.

W C H S: 580 KC, 5000 watts, unlimited time. Directive antenna at night. Affiliated with Columbia Broadcasting System. Address: 1111 Virginia Street, East. Owner: The Tierney Co. President: H. D. Battle. Vice President and General Manager: John T. Gelder. Program Director: Joe Farris. Chief Engineer: William E. Dixon.

W C H S - T V: Channel 8, 316,000 watts. Affiliated with Columbia Broadcasting System. Address: 1111 Virginia Street, East. Owner: WCHS-TV, Inc. Controlled by the Tierney Company. President: H. D. Battle. Vice President and General Manager: J. T. Gelder, Jr. Program Director: Morton S. Cohn. Chief Engineer: William E. Dixon.

W G K V: 1490 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Affiliated with National Broadcasting Company. Address: 210 Dickinson Street. Owner: Kanawha Valley Broadcasting Company. President: Lawrence H. Rogers. General Manager: William R. Murray.

W K N A: 950 KC, 5000 watts day, 1000 watts night, unlimited time, directive antenna day and night. Affiliated with American Broadcasting Company and the Personality Network, (WJLS, Beckley.) Address: 314 Professional Bldg. Owner: Joe L. Smith, Jr., Inc. President: Joe L. Smith, Jr. Manager: W. S. Jackson.

W K N A - F M: 9.2 KW. 97.5 mc, Channel 248. Joe L. Smith, Jr., Inc. Address: 314 Professional Building.

W T I P: 1240 KC. 250 watts, unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Capitol Street. Owner: Chemical City Broadcasting Company. President: Gus Zaharis. Manager: Berton Sonis. Program Director: Bob Bower.

CLARKSBURG

W B L K: 1400 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Affiliated with National Broadcasting Company. Address: 444 West Pike Street. Owner: Ohio Valley Broadcasting Corporation. President: George H. Clinton. Manager: Carl Loose.

W H A R: 1340 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System and ABC supplemental. Address: Clarksburg. Owner: WHAR, Inc. President: Walter Patterson. Manager: Walter Patterson. Program Director: James Harper.

W P D X: 750 KC, 1000 watts. day operation only. Address: Clarksburg. Owner: Clarksburg Broadcasting Corporation. President: Glenn B. Hamilton. Vice President and Secretary: Robert D. Hough. Executive Vice President and Treasurer: R. C. Warden. General Manager: Joseph M. Larosa. Station Manager and Program Director: Dewitt Wyatt.

ELKINS

W D N E: 1240 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Address: Washington and Davis Streets, Elkins. Owner: Maria Broadcasting Corporation. President and Manager: John P. Carr.

FAIRMONT

W M M N: 920 KC, 5000 watts, directional antenna night. Affiliated with the CBS Radio Network. Address: 208 Adams Street. Owner: Peoples Broadcasting Corporation. President: Murray D. Lincoln. Executive Vice President: Herbert E. Evans. General Manager: A. Garen Ferrise. Assistant Manager: Frank Lee.

W T C S: 1490 KC, 250 watts. unlimited time. Affiliated with American Broadcasting Co. Address: Radio Park, Leonard Avenue. Fairmont. Owner: Fairmont Broadcasting Company. President: General Manager: Paul Pitrola.

W J P B - T V: Channel 35, 25,000 watts. Unlimited time. Affiliated with National Broadcasting Company and the American Broadcasting Company. Address: Radio-TV Centre, 400 Quincy Street, Fairmont. Owner: Beacom Broadcasting Enterprises. President: General Manager: J. Patrick Beacom.

GRAFTON

W V V W: 1260 KC. 1000 watts, daytime. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Radio Park. Route 50, Grafton. Owner: Beacom Broadcasting Enterprises. President: General Manager: J. Patrick Beacom.

HUNTINGTON

W S A Z: 930 KC, 5000 watts day, 1000 watts night, directional antenna night. Affiliated with National Broadcasting Co. Address: WSAZ Building, 201 Ninth Street. Charleston affiliate: WGKV. Owner: WSAZ, Inc. President: Col. J. H. Long. Vice President and General Manager: Lawrence H. Rogers, II. Program Director: C. Bosworth Johnson.

W S A Z - T V: Channel 3. 100,000 watts visual. 1253' above average terrain. Basic NBC Network, Huntington studios and offices: 201 Ninth Street. Charleston studios and sales offices: Empire Building, Dickinson Street. Vice President and General Manager: Lawrence H. Rogers, II. Program Director: James H. Ferguson.

W H T N: 800 KC. 1000 watts, daytime. Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate. Studios: 625 Fourth Avenue. Huntington. Transmitter: Overby Road. Owner: Cowles Broadcasting Company. President: Luther L. Hill. Vice President and General Manager: Robert R. Tincher. Chief Engineer: Harold F. Sturm, Sr. Program Director: George Marshall.

W H T N - T V: Channel 13. 316 KW. unlimited. American Broadcasting Co. basic affiliate. Studios: 625 Fourth Avenue. Huntington. Transmitter: McCoy Road. Owner: Cowles Broadcasting Company. President: Luther L. Hill. Vice President and General Manager: Robert L. Tincher. Chief Engineer: Harold F. Sturm, Sr. Program Director and Operations Manager: Norman L. Bacon.

W P L H: 1470 KC. 5000 watts, daytime. Independent. Address: 1105 Fourth Avenue. Owner: Huntington Broadcasting Corporation. President and General Manager: Cy N. Bahakel. Assistant General Manager: Frank Tirico. Station Manager: Charles W. Krause.

KEYSER

W K Y R: 1270 KC, 5000 watts, daytime. Independent. Address: Box 231 Keyser. Owner: WKYR Inc. Vice President and General Manager: Walter Patterson. Managing Director: Thomas B. Butscher. Program Director: Ken Robertson.

LOGAN

W L O G: 1230 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time, Address: Logan. Owners: Clarence H. Frey and Robert O. Greever. Program Director: Lucille Gallion.

W L O G - F M: 2.7 KW, 103.3 mc. Channel 277. Frey and Greever, Program Director: Lucille Gallian.

W V O W: 1290 KC. 5,000 watts, daylight time. Address: Logan. Owner: Logan Broadcasting Corporation. President: Dr. H. H. Farley. General Manager: William P. Becker. Program Director: Mrs. Audie Albright. Chief Engineer: John Lamont.

MARTINSBURG

W E P M: 1340 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Address: People's Trust Co. Bldg. Transmitter location: Red Hill. Owner: Martinsburg Broadcasting Co. President: C. Leslie Golliday and C. M. Zinn (Partners). Manager: C. Leslie Golliday. Program Director: Eunice J. Schneider.

W E P M - F M: 94.3 mc. unlimited time. Address: People's Trust Co. Bldg. Transmitter location: Red Hill. Owner C. M. Zirin and C. Leslie Golliday d/b as Martinsburg Broadcasting Co. Manager: C. Leslie Golliday. Program Director: Eunice J. Schneider.

MATEWAN

W H J C: 1360 KC, 1000 watts, daylight time. Address: Matewan. Owner: Three States Broadcasting Company. President: Fred Morningstar. Sales Manager: John Stewart. Engineer: Leonard Dykema.

MONTGOMERY

W M O N: 1340 KC. 250 watts. unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Montgomery. Phone 1340. Box 750. Owner: Fayette Associates. Inc. President: Arnold M. Vickers. General Manager: Andrew W. Vickers.

MORGANTOWN

W A J R: 1230 KC, 250 watts, daylight time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: 46 Spruce Street. Owner and President: Mrs. H. C. Greer. Vice President: Dyke Raece. Manager: Richard E. Nason. Secretary: Marie Thomas.

W C L G: 1300 KC. 1000 watts. daylight time. Address: Box 885. Owner and President: C. Leslie Golliday. Manager: Carl Raymond.

MOUNDSVILLE

W M O D: 1370 KC. 1000 watts. daylight time. Owners: John T. Taylor, Andrew T. Smik. Jr., and J. W. Jones. President: John T. Taylor. Vice President: Andrew T. Smik, Jr. Secretary-Treasurer: J. W. Jones.

NEW MARTINSVILLE

W E T Z: 1330 KC. 1000 watts, daytime. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Radio Park. Route 2, New Martinsville. Owner: Magnolia Broadcasting Company. President: General Manager: Harry G. Bright. Commercial Manager: George K. Eubanks. Program Director: Harold P. Showman.

OAK HILL

W O A Y: 860 KC. 10,000 watts. Address: Oak Hill. Owner: Robert B. Thomas, Jr. Manager: Robert R. Thomas, Jr.

W O A Y - F M: 20,000 watts. 94.1 mc. full time. Address: Oak Hill. Owner: Robert R. Thomas, Jr.

W O A Y - T V: Channel 4. 100,000 watts. Address: Oak Hill. Owner: Robert R. Thomas. Jr.

PARKERSBURG

W P A R: 1450 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Affiliated with Columbia Broadcasting System. Address: 211 Fifth St. Owner: Ohio Valley Broadcasting Corporation. Vice President-General Manager: George H. Clinton. Program Director: Sherman Grimm.

W C E F: 1070 KC. 1000 watts, daylight time. Address: Box 228. Owner and President: C. E. Franklin. Program Director: Dorothy Leon.

W T A P - T V: Channel 15. 19,500 watts, unlimited. Address: 121 W. Seventh Street. Affiliated with ABC, NBC and CBS Broadcasting Companies. Owner: Zanesville Publishing Company. President: Clay Littick. Manager: Milton Komito.

W C O M: 1230 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. American Broadcasting Co. affiliate. Address: 317 Ninth Street. Owner: Parkersburg Broadcasting Co. President: Joseph M. Handlan. General Manager: Aud N. Archer. Engineer: William E. Collins.

W P A R - F M: 105.3 mc. Channel 293. unlimited time. Ohio Valley Broadcasting Corporation. Vice President and General Manager: George H. Clinton. Program Director: Sherman Grimm.

PINEVILLE

W W Y O: 970 KC, 1000 watts, day operation only. Address: P. O. Box 184, Pineville, Owner: Wyoming Broadcasting Co, President: B. D. Bailey, Sr. Executive Vice President: Jack Shipman. Manager: Edward D. Hawley.

PRINCETON

W L O H: 1490 KC. 250 watt, day and night. Address: Box 1011, Mountain Broadcasting Company, Princeton. Manager: Robert L. Harrison. Also owns and operates mobile 20 watt FM unit, KA-2945, 26.2 MC.

RONCEVERTE

W R O N: 1400 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time. Studios: Fairlea, P. O. Drawer Z, Ronceverte. Owner: Blake Broadcasting Company. President and General Manager: William E. Blake. Program Director: Jennings Mullins. Station Manager: Gladys Livesay.

WEIRTON

W E I R: 1430 KC, 1000 watts. unlimited time. Independent operation. Address: 3992 Main Street. Weirton. Owner: Tri-State Broadcasting Company. General Manager: E. J. Hirshberg. Station Manager: B. E. Badger. Program Director: William Dowling.

WELCH

W E L C: 1150 KC, 1000 watts day. Address: Box 1032. Welch. Studio: Premier Mountain. Owner: Pocahontas Broadcasting Company, Welch. President: Sam Sidote. Vice President: Howard King. Secretary-Treasurer: D. C. Bradherry. Program Director: Mrs. Josephine Cullop.

W M C D: 1340 KC, 250 watts. unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System. Address: Rhodes Building, McDowell Street. Owner: Williamson Broadcasting Corporation. President and General Manager: Alice Shein. Station and Commercial Manager: John T. Blair, Jr.

WESTON

W H A W: 1450 KC, 250 watts. unlimited time. Mutual Network. Keystone Transcription Network: World. Address: Studios and Transmitter: East Weston Hill. Owner: Central West Virginia Service Corporation. President: B. H. Ralston. Vice President: Francis Andrew. Manager: George Yazell.

WHEELING

W H L L: 1600 KC, 5,000 watts, daylight time. Address: Glenwood Road, Box 989. Owner: Wheeling Broadcasting Company. President: Kenneth H. Forney. Vice President: Glen A. Forney. Sales Manager: Paul N. Miles.

W K W K: 1400 KC, 250 watts, unlimited time, Affiliated with American Broadcasting Co. Address: Sixteenth and Market Streets. Owner: Community Broadcasting, Inc. President: John B. Reynolds.

W T R X: 1290 KC, 1090 watts, daylight time. Address: Woodmont, Bellaire, Ohio. Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate. Owners: Walter Patterson and Robert K. Richards. President: Walter Patterson. Vice President: Edwin Huse. Managing Director: William Kenton Greaver. Program Director: William Nuzum.

W W V A: 1170 KC. 50000 watts. Owner: Storer Broadcasting Company. President: George B. Storer. District Vice President: William E. Rine. Vice President and Managing Director: Paul J. Miller. Asst. Managing Director: Paul A. Myers.

W T R F - T V: Channel 7, 316000 watts, unlimited. National Broadcasting Company, affiliate. Address: Ogden Building. Owner: Tri-City Broadcasting Company. President: Thomas M. Block. Executive Vice President and General Manager: Robert W. Ferguson. Program Director: By Williams. Sales Manager: Needham Smith. Chief Engineer: Howard Daubenmayer. Promotion Director: Greg Van Camp. News Director: George Diab.

W K W K - F M: 16.5 KW. 97.3 mc., Channel 247. Community Broadcasting, Inc. President: John B. Reynolds.

W W V A - F M: 7.4 KW, 98.7 Mc., Channel 254. Owner: Storer Broadcasting Co. President: George B. Storer. District Vice President: William E. Rine. Vice President and Managing Director: Paul J. Miller. Assistant Managing Director: Paul A. Myers.

WILLIAMSON

W B T H: 1400 KC, 250 watts. unlimited time. Affiliated with Mutual Broadcasting System, Address: Second Avenue and Court Street. Owner: Williamson Broadcasting Corporation. President and General Manager: Alice Shein. Program Director: (Vacancy). Chief Engineer: Robert W. Bullio.

THE PERSONALITY NETWORK: A West Virginia regional network covering West Virginia principal markets. Comprised of WJLS, Beckley, WKNA and WKNA-FM, Charleston. WKWK and WKWK-FM, Wheeling. Business offices: WJLS Building, Beckley. President: Joe L. Smith, Jr. Business Manager: Virginia N. Cooper.


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