WCTL/Erie is now broadcasting from its new tower location near I-90 and Peach Street in Erie, PA. This completes the station’s Golden Opportunity campaign to move WCTL’s 106.3 FM signal and expand its reach in Erie and its suburbs.
In the summer of 1999, WCTL’s signal began experiencing interference from a Canadian rock station, which also broadcasts on 106.3 FM out of Sarnia, Ontario. Since then, on certain days and during certain atmospheric conditions over Lake Erie, WCTL couldn’t be heard in portions of Erie County, especially in communities along Erie’s lakeshore. Over the years, WCTL’s parent company, Inspiration Time, Inc., acquired three translator signals to overcome signal issues in those particular areas. However, these measures didn’t permanently take care of the overarching signal problem.
WCTL’s engineers designed the new WCTL in Erie to greatly reduce the impact of Canadian interference, as well as maximize the number of potential listeners, according to WCTL General Manager Adam Q. Frase.
“The new, stronger signal can only mean an even greater impact of the Gospel available at the press of a button,” he added.
Frase continued, “After over a year of round-the-clock hard work and unanticipated times of waiting, we humbly praise God for what He has done. We are truly grateful for the eternal impact made through this once-in-a-generation Golden Opportunity for WCTL. And it’s with much anticipation that we enter the New Year with a greater impact for Christ in our region.”
As part of WCTL’s re-launch, a new morning show debuted—WCTL Mornings with Dan & Lori— featuring Dan Sheldon and Lori Clapper. Frase will host the midday show from 10 AM to 2 PM, with Rich Smith remaining on afternoon drive from 2 PM to 6 PM. Evenings will feature more music, with less interruption.