New radio station hits airwaves in Tri-State

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The new “Willie” 106.7 FM and 560 AM hit the air June 1 at midnight.

Willie is a traditional country station playing “the best country from the ’80s, ’90s and more.”

Typical artists include George Strait, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap and others.

Additionally, select artists from today will be played such as Brad Paisley, Clay Walker and Chris Stapleton.

With the increase in popularity of today’s modern country music — such as the music played on sister station Big Froggy 105.3 and 105.7 FM — there was a section of the community that wanted a station that offered some of the older country from the ’80s and ’90s, the music that was the foundation of today’s country.

Willie will also be home to Mountain Ridge Miners football this fall.

With the introduction of the Willie format on the former Talk Radio 560, programming such as Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck are no longer broadcast on the station. Many listeners will still be able to hear these programs over the air on 990 AM WNTI, Somerset, Pa.

Religious programming airing on WFRB AM will air at a new time on Willie. “Thru the Bible” will air at 5 a.m. daily, and “The Gospel Hour” will air at 5:30 a.m. Weekends will feature “Voice of Hope” at 7:30 a.m. and “Breakthru” at 8 a.m.

Willie 106.7 FM and 560 AM are operated by Forever Media of Cumberland, which also operates Oldies WTBO 1450 AM and 97.9 FM, Country WFRB FM —  Big Froggy 105.3 FM, and Classic Rock Rocky 106.1 FM.

For more than 20 years, Forever Media has served the communities in which their 52 radio stations operate through award winning community service initiatives. With a presence in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Forever Media Cumberland specifically serves listeners throughout Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties in Maryland; Mineral, Hampshire and Hardy counties, in West Virginia; and Bedford and Somerset counties in Pennsylvania.