PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time in its 55-year history as Philadelphia’s 24/7 source for trustworthy local news, KYW Newsradio can now be heard across the region on crystal-clear FM. The station is broadcasting on 103.9 FM in addition to its longtime home on 1060 AM.
Entercom, KYW Newsradio’s Philadelphia-based parent company, agreed to acquire WPHI-FM from Maryland-based Urban One as part of a transaction involving stations in multiple markets, Entercom announced.
“This is one of the most historic opportunities in the history of Philadelphia media,” said Alex Silverman, KYW Newsradio’s brand manager. “At this critical time, with all eyes on Pennsylvania, we’re excited to bring credible, local journalism to an even wider audience.”
“This station is the heartbeat of the community and we’re really excited about serving more listeners while providing additional access on top of 1060 AM, RADIO.COM and smart speakers,” said David Yadgaroff, Entercom Philadelphia’s senior vice president and market manager.
The addition of 103.9 FM adds another platform to KYW Newsradio’s growing portfolio. The station will continue to be available on 1060 AM, on KYWNewsradio.com, on the RADIO.COM app, and by asking Alexa, Google, or Siri to “play KYW Newsradio.”
103.9 FM will expand KYW Newsradio’s over-the-air reach into parts of Bucks and Burlington counties, where the AM signal has been historically poor, Silverman said, adding that interference from wireless technology has created issues in other parts of the area as well.
“We’ve heard the feedback — and the static,” Silverman said. “We’re thrilled to be able to fix it for you in key parts of the area, including Center City.”
We know, you’re wondering: KYW Newsradio’s iconic jingle isn’t going anywhere, but an updated version will herald the addition of 103.9 FM, said Yadgaroff.
“We have some other exciting developments in the works,” Silverman said. “Stay tuned.”