|City of license||Boyertown, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Reading, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||WBYN - FM 107.5|
|Former callsigns||WBYO (1969-1989)|
|Owner||WDAC Radio Company|
|Sister stations||WDAC, WDAC-FM|
WBYN-FM (107.5 FM, "WBYN - FM 107.5") is a Christian radio station that currently plays Contemporary Praise and Worship Christian music along with Christian feature programs and church services. The station is licensed to Boyertown, Pennsylvania and serves the Reading area. The station is under ownership of WDAC radio company.
The station was founded by Dave Hendricks and first assigned the call sign WBYO in 1969. The station employed a Christian teaching format with traditional Christian music played in between features. The station was a commercial operation but steered clear of Contemporary Christian Music except for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. On September 14, 1989, the station was sold and changed the call sign to WYCL and flipped to a gold based downtempo Adult Contemporary music format. The station played a couple new songs per hour but leaned light. The station played several uptempo songs an hour. Artists included The Beatles, Billy Joel, Kenny Rogers, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Chicago, Supremes, Elton John, Stylistics, George Michael, and others. After a few years the station proved to be unsuccessful with the new format and went bankrupt. On January 24, 1992, the station was sold to WDAC Radio Inc. It was assigned the call sign WBYN and returned to Christian radio format which consisted of preaching, teaching, traditional Christian music, and information features. The station would sell time blocks to various ministries. On September 19, 2005, the call sign was slightly altered to WBYN-FM in preparation for a simulcast with 1160 AM (formerly WYNS), which adopted the WBYN call sign a week later.
The music was traditional Christian music and played a few hours in mornings, late afternoons, and weekends. Some time in the 1990s, the station began mixing in softer contemporary Christian artists as well as Contemporary Praise and Worship Music. By 2000, the station was playing mostly Praise and Worship music and adopted the phrase "Life Changing Radio".
WFKB Frank FM
WBYN and WBYN-FM were entered into an LMA with Nassau Broadcasting Partners early in 2006. WBYN 1160 kept the Christian format while WBYN-FM became "Frank FM" WFKB on March 15, 2006, broadcasting an Adult Rock/Classic Rock hybrid formatted radio station. Frank FM had live air personalities during the day. Ken And Jenn in the morning, Randi Ellis in middays, Brian DiMario in afternoons and Mike Roberts at night. Frank FM was also the launching pad for a then weekend personality named Rob Soscia, who now goes by his real name Brian Soscia on Philadelphia's MY 106.1. Other on-air personalities included Jay Pinnel and Zack Morse. The station started off as a hybrid of Hot AC, Classic Hits and Pop Alternative playing over 2000 songs. By the end of 2006, the station evolved into more of a heavily rock leaning classic hits format, including songs up until 1995. Core artists included Billy Joel, Kansas, Phil Collins, The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Boston, Eagles, James Taylor, The Who, Neil Young, Kenny Loggins, The Cars, and many others. WFKB also began broadcasting in HD Radio and began to multicast. WFKB analog and WFKB-HD1 broadcast "Frank FM" while WFKB-HD2 broadcast the Christian format that also airs on 1160 WBYN.
Return to WBYN-FM
"Message from a Frank FM listener, I live in the Lehigh Valley where classic rock radio station WODE-FM broadcasts and I never listened to it because Frank FM was so much better, I want 107.5 Frank FM to come back on air, it was so much better than WODE-FM, WYSP , and WMGK, they just knew how to play the best blend of classic rock and for them to be forced off air after only three years was not fair, I always wanted them to out live WODE-FM and most of all they did not deserve to be replaced by a holy station. I checked the list of radio stations in Reading and in exception for just one Modern Rock station and one Country station all of the other few stations on air are already playing Christian Format and sad to say few people even listen to that type of music, so please come back Ken and Jen in the Morning and the rest of 107.5 Frank FM.
- WYBN-FM official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBYN
- Radio Locator information on WBYN
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WBYN