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WJEN

WJEN
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City of license Killington, Vermont
Broadcast area Lebanon-Rutland-White River Junction area
Branding 105.3 Cat Country
Frequency 105.3 MHz
First air date December 17, 1992 (as WEBK)
Format Country music
ERP 1,250 watts
HAAT 683 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 34609
Transmitter coordinates

43°38′22.00″N 72°50′12.00″W / 43.6394444°N 72.8366667°W / 43.6394444; -72.8366667{{#coordinates:43|38|22.00|N| 72|50|12.00|W|region:US-VT_type:landmark | |name=

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Former callsigns WEBK (12/17/92-2/08/08)
851030MN (Sign-on - 12/17/92)
Affiliations Today's Best Country (ABC Radio)
Owner Pamal Broadcasting
(6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WDVT, WJJR, WSYB, WZRT
Webcast Listen Live
Website catcountryvermont.com

WJEN (105.3FM, "Cat Country") is a 1,250 watt country music station located in Rutland, Vermont. The transmitter is located on Pico Mountain in Killington, Vermont.

History

The station signed on in 1992 as "K105" and was essentially a free-form rock station. By 1998, "K105" had been largely dropped in favor of "The Mountain," but the format stayed the same. In January 2001, Pamal Broadcasting agreed to pay Killington Broadcasting $1.65 million for the station.

"The Peak"

The format was kept the same until October 31, 2003, when the station flipped to "The Peak," a more structured Triple A format, although the music did lean more alternative than most standard Triple A's. Spider Glenn, Kerry Chambers and all but one DJ were fired due to the format change. Mitch was the only one to survive the house-cleaning. He moved to afternoons and Joan Holliday was brought aboard to fill the mid-day position. Eventually, Poptart Dave was hired to helm the morning show.

In April 2005, Poptart Dave left the station and Mitch was moved to mornings. James was hired and took over afternoons in May 2005.

Mitch left for other opportunities in June 2006 and James shifted to mornings. Tim Taylor, featured on weekends, handled the afternoon slot. In November 2006, Uncle Dave was hired as morning show host and James went back to afternoons.

WEBK featured a wide variety of music. Its core artists included The Grateful Dead, Phish, U2, Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, R.E.M., Bob Marley, Nirvana, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also took pride in local artists, frequently spinning tracks from The Samples, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Rick Redington and The Chad Hollister Band, among others.

"Cat Country"

At 3:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2008, the Triple A format and call letters WEBK were dropped. Pamal Broadcasting decided to replace WEBK with WJEN's country format and call letters, formerly on 94.5 FM (which would take the call letters WDVT and become a classic hits format called "The Drive" after two weeks of simulcasting the new "Cat Country"). The last song WEBK played was The Rolling Stones' "When The Whip Comes Down."[1]

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