BUCKHANNON — Two local radio stations took home awards from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association (WVBA) ceremony, held Saturday, April 2 at the Marriott Waterfront Place in Morgantown.
WBRB, which is 101.3FM The Bear, was selected as the winner for Country Station of the Year. WFBY, which is 93.5FM The FBY, took the award for the Rock Station of the Year. Judging was performed by broadcasting peers outside the state of West Virginia.
According to the WVBA, a country station of the year nominee had to include any form of country music, such as bluegrass, classic country and/or modern mainstream country, while the rock category had to include genres of the rock format, including classic rock, active rock, mainstream rock or alternative.
Buckhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner attended the event. Mayor Skinner offered the following comments on the win. “101.3 The Bear has been an integral part of the Buckhannon community for many years and I believe this is the first time in its 33-year history that 101.3 The Bear has been named the Country Station of the Year by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.”
“93.5 The FBY has been named Rock Station of the Year several years in a row. 93.5 The FBY was WBTQ, but West Virginia Radio Corporation, also the owner of the station, switched the call letters with 102.3 FM, formerly of Weston, in 2018,” Mayor Skinner noted. “101.3 The Bear began as WBUC-FM, but once acquired by West Virginia Radio Corporation, the call letters became WBRB, standing for W-BearR-Buckhannon. Both WBRB and WFBY are consistently two of the most-listened-to FM stations in North-Central West Virginia.”
“Radio has changed a great deal over the years. Satellite radio and music streaming services have threatened the longevity of the business, but even so, local FM radio is still a great place for business advertising. Local radio stations are critically important to the fabric of our communities. Aside from entertainment, people depend on them to report news, warn of severe weather and announce area-wide events,” Mayor Skinner concluded.