In 1922, the first radio station in Harrisburg, WBAK, was owned by the Pennsylvania State Police. By 1925, three more stations were added to the local lineup. By 1953, Harrisburg had two television stations within the city limitsWHP-TV and WTPA. WKBO was the city’s Top 40 leader in the 1970s. In 1985, album rocker FM104 became WINK 104, skyrocketing almost overnight into one of the highest-rated stations in Harrisburg history. Throughout the decades, names like Dick Redmond, Ed K. Smith, Ron Drake, Mac McCauley, Pete Wambach, Mike Ross, and countless others have emerged as part of Harrisburg’s long, unique broadcasting history.
About the Author
Timothy P. Portzline began as a volunteer board operator at WMSP 94.9 in Harrisburg in 1974. He went on to become the assistant engineer at WINK 104 and later the chief engineer for Clear Channel Radio in Harrisburg. Currently a television engineer for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Portzline is also a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History, and the owner and webmaster of HarrisburgBroadcasting.com.