KOOL History - A Chronology of Call Letters, Frequency, and Formats
The Beginning...
KOOL started out as non-commercial WMSP FM 94.9 and was owned by the Market Square Presbyterian Church and signed on September 20, 1962.
In 1988, Barnstable Broadcasting purchased WMSP for $4 million.
New Ownership...
On October 17, 1988 at 6 am,  General manager Dana Harmon and program director Al Brock (former pd of 99 HIT FM) signed on a new radio station adult contemporary KISS 95, WHKS.
The new station moved from Market Square in Harrisburg to new studios on Vartan Way.
The Format Change...
In 1989, the decision was made to switch the format to Oldies and the New KOOL 94.9,
Your Good Time Oldies Station signed on the air.
Management Changes...
In mid 1991, when KOOL program director Al Brock left for WKXL in Rochester he was replaced by Tom Shannon.
In May, 1993, KOOL general manager Dana Harmon left for WBNS-AM-FM in Columbus Ohio and was replaced by Chris Wegman from WMXP in Pittsburgh.
Tom Shannon was replaced as program director by Denny Alexander.
In April, 1994, R.J. Harris replaced Denny Alexander as program director of KOOL 94.9 and
Ron Roy joined as general manager replacing Chris Wegman.
The Frequency Switch...
On June 30, 1995, Barnstable switched the frequency of KOOL 94.9, KOOL moved to 99.3 and the former WIMX moved to 94.9. (WIMX became adult contemporary Magic 94.9 WYMJ)
More Ownership Changes...
On October 17, 1996 Dame Media agreed to purchase WWKL, WCMB and WIMX from Barnstable Broadcasting for $11 million.
On November 26, 1996, Magic 94.9 switched to an all Christmas format.
December 1996, Boyd Arnold replaces Ron Roy as GM of WWKL and WMYJ.
In January, 1997, WYMJ, Magic 94.9 switched to a Country format as BOB 94.9 (WRBT)
On September 1, 1998, KOOL 99.3 began a simulcast on WCMB as KOOL 1460 am.
On June 17, 1998, Dame Media announced the sales of KOOL 99.3 as well as it's other Harrisburg properties to Clear Channel Communications.
On July 1, 1999, Clear Channel Communications took control of KOOL 99.3, more than a year after a sale was announced.
The Beginning of the End...
On September 13, 2000 at 4:00 pm,  KOOL 99.3  dropped the Oldies format with R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" playing non-stop for 24 hours. However due to contractual problem between Clear Channel and Cumulus Media, KOOL 99.3 returned to the air on September 14th.
The End...
On June 1, 2001 KOOL 1460 AM dropped the Oldies format to become sports station 1460 The Ticket.
On July 1, 2001, Clear Channel dropped the Oldies format from KOOL 99.3 and a new CHR station KISS-FM 99.3 was signed on. The new call letters were WHKF.
The WWKL call letters moved to 92.1, owned by Cumulus Communications as HOT 92.1 
The Oldies format went to 92.7 WHBO, Harrisburg's Big Oldies on June 29 2001, The format was dropped March 1, 2004.

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KOOL Harrisburg Tribute Website created January 22, 2010