History

Radio Station WFBS is Berwick PA’s first radio station, founded in 1957 as WBRX-AM. As the area’s first station, 1280 AM introduced the community to local radio news, play by play of local youth sports, and pertinent weather related information such as school closings and meeting cancellations. Over the years, the radio station changed ownership and call signs, from WBRX to WSQV in the 1980s, ultimately leaving the air for a long period of time. In January 2000, FBS Wireless Corporation purchased the assets of the station, and rebuilt the station into WFBS, which signed on the air on April 1, 2000.

Principal owners of WFBS are Kevin M. Fennessy, Rev. JoAnn Germershausen, and Luzerne County businessman Bob Butts.

WFBS is located in the historic Masonic Building on Market Street, and has returned this station to its historic level of local origination and community service. WFBS boasts a full schedule of year ‘round youth sports activities such as Berwick Bulldogs Football with local sports legend Ron Powlus and Chris Lozzi, The Coach Curry Show, Berwick Girls & Boys Basketball, Little League Baseball, Midget Football and The Berwick Marathon Run For The Diamonds. This station has distinguished itself in the community with hard-hitting editorials on major community issues, a weekly music and issues program created and hosted by students of Berwick High School, as well as daily local news reporting on weekday mornings.

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