|City of license||Braddock, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|Slogan||"We Play Anything"|
|Frequency||96.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
96.9 HD-2 for Bob's B-Sides
96.9 HD-3 for Bob's Malt Shop Oldies
|First air date||June 1959 (as WLOA-FM)|
|Former callsigns||WLOA-FM (1959-?)
|Owner||Steel City Media|
||This article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2007)|
WRRK (96.9 BOB-FM) is a Variety Hits radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. The station, which is owned by Steel City Media, broadcasts at 96.9 MHz with an ERP of 45 kW, and is licensed to Braddock, Pennsylvania.
WRRK was previously the call sign of a top 40/rock station in Manistee, MI.
WRRK (PA)'s previous formats and call letters included Easy Listening and Adult Contemporary as WLOA-FM (it was also simulcast on an AM station when it was WLOA, which is now All-Talk WURP) and Soft Rock as WFFM and WMYG. In 1985, the station known as WHYW (since 1982) began featuring Classic Rock from 7 pm to midnight while retaining the Soft Rock format from 5 am to 7 pm and playing jazz overnight. They maintained their "Y-97 FM" identity during this time. In March 1986 the station went to classic rock full time; the calls were changed to WMYG and they began referring to themselves as "Magic Y-97 FM," shortening it to simply "Magic 97 FM" later that same year. In 1991, the station switched to a current-based rock format, and the calls were changed to WRRK. When the station was bought by Legend Communications in 1993, the classic rock format was resurrected, but the station retained the WRRK call letters.
As of November 1, 2005, WRRK switched to a "we play everything" format, under the moniker Bob FM 96.9. Station IDs were accompanied by claims that listening to them is like "having your radio dial stuck in scan mode". Songs such as The Eagles' "Hotel California" are played back to back with Stacie Orrico's "More to Life" or Nick Lachey's "Whats Left of Me" .
In early 2006, it was rumored that the station had changed its call sign to WBZB. However, this was not true, and WBON, a station on Long Island, New York, used the WBZB calls for nine months in 2007.
Some time before December 2007, BobFM96.9 started broadcasting in HD. WRRK-HD2 (Bob's B-Sides) plays a set "mix" of songs with a repeat period of less than 24 hours. WRRK-HD3 (Bob's Malt Shop) plays music from the '50's and '60's .
Former DJs include Mark Andrew, John Pfab, Jim Quinn, Lee Sackett, Mike Weber and Ed Weigle. During their WFFM days DJs included Doug Southerland and Sharon Kennedy (5a-10a), George Hart (10a-2p), Jeff Walker (2p-7p), Jan Patton (7p-Midnight) and Trevor Ley (Midnight to 5a). Weekend DJs were Tom Lacko and Chris Michaels. Chauncey Ross, Hank Dale, Harry Gahagan and Jay Farrell also worked at the station. Tom Lacko also served as producer of Doug and Sharon's morning show, Morning Magazine. Jay Pochapin served as Public Service director. David George was WFFM's Production Director and station image voice. David Popovich was Program Director from WFFM's conception until he took another position in Cleveland, Ohio. He was replaced by WPEZ's Dennis Elliott.
- Pittsburgh - 96.9 Bob FM VarietyHits.com accessed March 8, 2009.
- Find a Station iBiquity Corporation accessed March 8, 2009.
- 440:Satisfaction Radio Broadcasting History, Radio Stations by City (Pittsburgh) accessed 6/26/09
- WRRK official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WRRK
- Radio-Locator information on WRRK
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WRRK