AM Technical Profile: WYLS


Frequency:
670
Format:
Black Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] A few miles northeast of York on the northbound side of US-11.
Power (ERP):
Day: 4.8 kW
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
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[Article] A story from someone who moved to York in the 70s tells the story of the morning man (and station co-owner, Charlie) getting pranked by the station engineer.  The engineer, Barney (also a co-owner) had hooked up a secret tape deck that played construction sounds any time the mic was opened.  Click the link to read the retelling, at the very bottom of this edition of Tom Taylor Now.
[Studio] Street View imagery of the studio building on Highway 11 in York.
Owned by Grantell Broadcasting
History:
WYLS (York - Livingston - Sumter) was originally on 1350. They moved to 670 for better coverage. Was country music for a long time but switched to black gospel, most likely in January 2006.  Was reported off the air in August 2008 due to lack of advertising, and back on again in January 2009. Spawned FM companion WSLY (YLS backwards) sometime, possibly in the mid 70's.  At one point the 2000s the station did blues and soul music, then migrated to a black gospel format.  Reports in the spring of 2012 say the blues and soul are back on the weekend.  Later in 2012 the station acquired an FM translator W264CI out of Cuba.  In January 2013 the station picked up the syndicated "Touch" R&B/urban AC format.  By November 2014 it had abandoned the R&B and gone back to gospel music.  In January 2015 the station passed from Sarah P. Grant to Grantell Broadcasting.