December 21, 2012

950 ESPN and WPEN is Now Family Radio WKDN

Family Radio will return to Philadelphia tonight at 6 PM when 950 ESPN (WPEN-AM) drops its simulcast of sports radio 97.5 The Fanatic. The new station is an old friend to the Philly area as the Family Radio  religious format returns along with their signature call letters WKDN. Their new home will be now occupy 950 AM.

950 ESPN simulcasted most of the programs on 97.5 The Fanatic, however there were a few exceptions like The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Also in the mix are Flyers hockey (if or when it returns) and 76ers basketball. Both teams' games broadcast on 97.5 The Fanatic, however if there is a conflict when both teams play on the same night 950 ESPN is no longer available. The hockey games will be pushed over to WMMR. There might be more of a conflict than what otherwise might be the case if the strike shorten NHL season returns. Not sure how that will go over with the rockers on 'MMR.

WKDN for many years broadcasts from the 106.9 FM frequency with offices and transmitter in Camden County. That station now features Talk station IQ 106.9 (WWIQ) and their mostly national syndicated programs with hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and local morning show with former TV anchorman Larry Mendte.

End of the world predictor  in 2011, Harold Camping and the Family Radio company was able to return to the Philadelphia market when it purchased 950 AM from Greater Media for $8.5 million. For most of its history WPEN was a music station with a long tradition of popular radio personalities. Here is some of its history... 

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