The Ghost at WFMV

I received this email from Carl

The WFMV studios are located on Rt 521, 5 minutes north of Rt 80, on the left hand side. It is an old railroad station… Broadcasts however originate from Yates Road, WNNJ, in Andover NJ. the building exists still, intact and operating. The Blairstown station is not really shut down, but the studios have been relocated to the WNNJ studio building in Newton. 106.3 WFMV was located in the old railroad station just outside of Blairstown. Before they were bought out by CC, WFMV ran both a top 40, then an oldies format for a couple of decades. Then, they went country and changed call letters to WHCY. That only lasted a couple of years and they switched format again to a HOT AC sound…which they currently run.

Since WHCY needs to continue to maintain a “studio” in Blairstown, there is a makeshift one still located within the building. The building also serves as the transmitter feed to their antenna, so the building is still operational but not manned. You might want to visit the WNNJ building on Yates Avenue in Newton to see both WNNJ am and fm, WSUS, 102.3 (incidentally, their original building is still operational like the WFMV building, but not manned at the moment) and WHCY Blairstown. I understand that there is a possibility that all 4 stations will make the move to Franklin, since that building is in much better physical shape. However because of the topography of Northwest NJ, the left-over buildings will still have to be utilized (or equipment moved to a smaller, non descript building in each town) merely because the area is to mountainous to rely on microwave transmissions. That is why the Newton building, centrally located between WSUS and WFMV, was chosen as the main site for the studios. And it is a cramped little place!!!!

It has been a long time since I have been to Blairstown but I used to work in that building when it was a full-fledged station, and you will see it on the curve, plain as day and if it is still red, you can not miss it!!! Somewhere I have pictures on the net of WFMV…they aren’t pretty since like I said that building is in disrepair and only acts as a transmission facility now. There are a lot of stories about radio stations in general being haunted. I always thought that it was because most of them operated around the clock, kind of in the dark…with one person on duty from end of biz to start….and the eerie, spider-like towers around the building. I never really heard that WFMV was haunted per se…..and right now, there is a makeshift studio (per FCC rules) and still equipment in there; an engineer swings by from time to time, otherwise there really is no business taking place there.

And it was never fancy at all…there were two large studios and a few small offices in there; now it looks like most of it was torn down for whatever reason; I think they wanted to sell the building and found out they had to keep it as part of the deal to run the station….there has to be an “office” in the town, and since most of the still equipment is there, the building still exists as a radio station. Good luck!!!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bill on April 13, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    I worked at WFMV / WHCY Sunday mornings 1985 to 1981 (a few broken months away a times there too. It was fun. Still love radio, although no longer working in it. – Bill

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  2. Posted by Doctor J on June 22, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Tom Rocco (Rockin’ T) and I worked together at WFMV and at WHCY. I also worked with Jo-ann Holden and Rich Wilson at WHCY. I miss those days.

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  3. Posted by Doctor J on June 18, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Hello Darlin

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  4. Posted by Electrical Boy on March 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    I remember vising the stion once back around 1977. At the time Tom Rocco was on the air. he gave me a tour of the station. At the time they were still broadcasting from a top of the fire tower (can’t remember it’s exact location but i saw it once). Any way the studios have long since moved and the old train/radio station has had a face lift. It is now a construction business of some sort with a totally new facade. I couldn’t get close enough to ask any questions because the gate around the property was locked.
    As of March 2009, the studios for WHCY (the old WFMV) were no longer at yates avenue in Newton, new jersey. The building is boarded up and the only thing on the property is the AM towers which are still in use. Does anybody know where the new studios are?

    P.S. I use to work at wnnj/wixl back in the early 80’s when it was Group ‘M’communications
    WIXL/WNNJ,country and oldies respectfully. I worked under Irish John Kiernan who was a great PD and has since passed away.

    jim

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  5. Posted by Wayne on March 18, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    I worked briefly at WFMV early in 1979. I mainly worked part-time weekends so I was in the station alone..buy honestly never heard or saw anything weird! It was a nice little facility actually!

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  6. Posted by Allen on March 18, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    I worked as the morning man on 106.3 wfmv from \\\’86-87 now at 99.5 wlgq in Emporia ,Va

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