Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation
The Central Susquehanna Valley’s leading media company, offering marketing solutions using broadcast, digital and special events.
Marketing ConsultantsWe have an amazing Sales Team dedicated to strategical growing your Brand. They understand this area and work with you throughout the entire process.
Director of Sales and Finance
A native of Northumberland, Jayme still resides there with her husband Justin, and their two children Caden and Caitlyn. She is also a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. In her free time, Jayme enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to Penn State football games.
Scott has two very successful adult children. Jacob, who lives in Columbia, MD and Jody, who lives in Philadelphia. He has three granddaughters Avery, Morgan and Chloe. Along with spending time with his family and granddaughters, he enjoys being outdoors hiking, walking and camping. While most people like Summer, Fall is Scott’s favorite season. Why? He refers to himself as a mountain person. He likes the cooler weather and the colors of fall.
Kevin Herr, CDMC
Digital Media Specialist
Inbound Certified by HubSpot Academy
Kevin is the Digital Media Specialist at Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation. He’s been with us for over 20 years as a personality on our music stations as well as producing the Steve Jones Show on WKOK. You’ll also hear Kevin as the Play-by-Play voice for football and basketball broadcasts on WKOK.
Now Kevin has joined our Marketing Team to help area businesses with mobile marketing with products like Geo-Targeting, webpage banners, streaming and other digital products. This allows businesses to expand their marketing footprint in the area.
Kevin has spent all his life in sports from Little League Baseball to High School and College Football. He is an avid bowler and golfer. It seemed only natural that he joined his friend and mentor Steve Jones on the Steve Jones Show for the first four years of the show. He’s been a football, basketball and baseball broadcaster in the region for over 25 years.
Kevin has also been a Little League umpire for several area regular season and championship games, and has coached Senior Division Little League Baseball. He occasionally bowls in Fall and Winter leagues in the area (and is proud to talk about his 200 average).
Kevin will be taking off a season of Shikellamy Football in 2016 to watch his son play football in his senior year. He plans to return in 2017 for his 20th his season of Shikellamy Football broadcasts. He’s spent the last 20 seasons of the winter with “The Chief” Dave Ritchie for Shikellamy Basketball. Occasionally, you’ll find him working with Steve Williams from the mats in Hershey for wrestling.
Saturdays in the Fall, Kevin joins Doug Birdsong on the Bison Sports Network as the color analyst for Bucknell Football, and will occasionally fill in for Doug doing play-by-play for the Bison during the overlap between football and basketball season.
Kevin is a member of the Danville Squadron of the Son’s of the American Legion, has been a member of Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated, Sunbury Pride And Renaissance Coalition, helped with the Danville Business Alliance and Sunbury Parks and Recreation with Sunbury Celebration’s Soap Box Derby. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley, has served as a Danville Little League Umpire and coach and youth football assistant coach in the Danville T-Railers program.
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Michelle enjoys bragging about her 2 adult children and her 95-lb husky, Bullers, who typically is by her side. Her passions include cooking, Frank Sinatra and nature. A loyal Notre Dame and Chicago Bears fan, Michelle welcomes the taunting she receives in Central PA about her football followings.
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After graduating, Kaila worked for Economics Pennsylvania, a nonprofit, where she collaborated with other businesses and organizations. Because of this background, she understands what businesses are searching for and how to promote their interests.
Kaila enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, hiking, traveling and can’t go a day without listening to music.
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ResearchAs members of the Radio Advertising Bureau, we have immediate access to a wide variety of national research. Whether you need information on your business category or promotional ideas….we can help. R.A.B. also provides research on listener habits and trends…all available to our clients at no charge.
Copy & ProductionWe employ a full-time Production Director and Copy Writer in addition to our full-time staff of ten professional “voices.” We have a wide range of production music and sound effects available for your use. Every step of the creative process is handled in-house.
We have a range of amazing events that we host. From Bridal shows to our Big Boys Big Toys events. We provide our clients prime time spots at the Mall and other locations. We put you on the radio too! Letting clients know where you are!
Duplicating & DistributionShould you need additional copies of your commercial to air on other broadcast outlets, we provide our clients duplication and distribution service at no additional cost.
Get your business or restaurant involved in one of the best promotions in The Valley. We bring paying customers to your door through the air and radio with our Half Priced Deals. We’ve worked out deals with some of our area’s best restaurants and businesses to give you 1/2 off gift certificates – That’s right, 50% off food and more!
On select Wednesdays we will feature a business of the week. At 9:00 AM that Wednesday, we’ll open up the ONLINE store for that week’s business. But you have to be fast – we are only able to provide a limited number of gift certificates per week.
StreamingRadio has always been wireless, but now you don’t need a radio. Just a PC or Smartphone is all you need for your favorite radio station. Each of our radio station’s web sites offers listeners the opportunity to tune in by logging onto the station’s web site on their laptop or desk top computer. Once there, they can listen by clicking the LISTEN LIVE button. They also have the option to listen mobile with the SBC App. The App is available to Android and iOS users from Google Play or the App Store. Now your favorite station is mobile anywhere in the world…..and so is your message!
Geo FencingIt’s mobile smartphone advertising. With over 70% of all phones being smartphones, we can target specific geographic locations to reach your target demo. We can even target your competition’s customers! We setup a virtual perimeter for any real-world geographic area. Once someone with a smartphone enters this predefined boundary and leaves it, your ad to be displayed when that person uses many of the apps on their smartphone. Apps like ESPN, Accu Weather, The Weather Channel, Yahtzee and over 13,000 gaming and information apps.
Mobile Scratch & WinCombine the reach of our five radio stations and a smartphone and you can change direct mail into something bigger! With Mobile Scratch and Win we create a digital scratch off card that can be received on a smartphone or tablet. Now there’s no need to send thousands of letters that end up in the trash. Each one of the Mobile Scratch and Win participants have requested the digital card, so you know they are interested in what you have to offer!
Email & TextingReach our listeners (your customers) with texting offer each week to drive them to your location or website, or have your banner displayed on our daily WKOK News email for even more results. This can lead to over 10,000 impressions per month with texting and emailing opportunities.
Webpage BannersLooking to get in front of even more eyes? Check out webpage banners on WKOK.com and WQKX.com. Talk about visibility, our two webpages combine for over 130,000 page visits per month. Imagine those page viewers seeing your ad, and clicking over to your site for your amazing offer!
LOCAL MARKETING SUCCESS STORIESWe have some great clients that have been with us for years and others who are just starting to realize the benefits of radio.
- Roger S. Haddon, Jr. – President/CEO
- Jayme Dunkelberger – Director of Sales and Finance
- Michelle Shaffer – Business Manager
- Harry Bingaman – Chief Engineer
- Drew Kelly – Senior Program Director
- Mark Lawrence – WKOK Program Director
- Kevin Herr – Digital Media Specialist
- Rob Senter – Eagle 107 & The Valley Program Director
- Jenniffer Wakeman – News Director
- Lynn Hall – Production Director
- Shawn Carey – Producer, The Steve Jones Show
- Sami Cease – Traffic Director
When WKOK AM went on the air in May of 1933 there were only 30 other radio stations operating in Pennsylvania, today there are more than 500. The license for WKOK was purchased from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, where it was originally WJBU, and transferred to Sunbury. WKOK went on the air as a 100 watt, shared time station. Over the years it grew to 250 watts and in 1963, on the station’s 30th Anniversary, WKOK moved to 1070, its current dial position, and increased power to 10,000 watts.The corporation formed to operate the station, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, still owns WKOK. One of the original founders, Harry H. Haddon, served as Chairman until his death. His son Roger S. Haddon, Sr. was Chairman of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation until his death in April of 2004. The third generation, Roger S. Haddon, Jr. serves currently as the President and Chief Executive Officer. In over 70 years of broadcasting the station has had only 8 General Managers and many employees have spent large parts of their careers with the company. Vice-President/Engineering, John Keller, who retired in 1995, had been employed by the corporation since July of 1943.When it first went on the air WKOK had five employees.
The longest running program on WKOK is “Talk To Santa” a Christmas tradition that dates back to the station’s beginnings. Children come to the studios to talk directly to Santa, via “Magic Radio” at the North Pole. Santa’s elves participate in the program and, if the children have been particularly good, they earn a “Great Big Gold Star” in Santa’s book. It has won the Pennsylvania State Association of Broadcasters award for “Outstanding Children’s Program” several times.
Over the years the station has distinguished itself in times of emergency. In 1936 WKOK stayed on the air during a week of flooding on the Susquehanna River that devastated the city of Sunbury; it was virtually the only communications link the city had. Again, in 1972, during flooding in the wake of Hurricane Agnes, the station remained on the air providing information and assistance to those in need or peril. In 1996, after several days of snow and then flooding, WKOK remained on the air after power was cut-off to provide news and information. WKOK has received numerous community and statewide awards over the years for its outstanding public service. Included in the awards are citations from both the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate.
In 1948 WKOK-FM signed on the air. During the early years WKOK-FM rebroadcast (or simulcast) the programming of WKOK-AM. 1975 marked WKOK-FM’s first substantial venture into separate programming. During the morning hours the station aired “Country music” and then rejoined WKOK-AM for the balance of the day. In 1978 WKOK-FM became separate from WKOK-AM and the call letters of this 50,000 watt giant were changed to WQKX-FM. This “new” station quickly gained in popularity and has become one of Pennsylvania’s most dominant stations.
Over the years listenership to FM has greatly increased. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission’s ownership rules have been relaxed making it possible for broadcasters to increase the number of stations they own generally and in specific markets.
In 1993, at the conclusion of an exhaustive and expensive legal battle between two prospective licensees, the opportunity developed for Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation to obtain the construction permit for a new FM station licensed to Northumberland. By late 1994 this new station, WKOK-FM, was on the air bringing WKOK-AM’s award winning news and local programming to an entirely new audience.
Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation expanded it’s radio station group on April 18, 1998 at 5:59:52 AM. That’s when WKOK-FM became EAGLE 107, with Rock N’ Roll for Adults. At that same time WKOK-AM transformed into NEWSRADIO 1070 WKOK, All News All Day…All Sports All Night. WKOK AM continued its affiliation with CBS News and Westwood One Sports. Add to that list CNN Radio News, The Wall Street Journal Report, and Fox Sports Radio.
On November 29, 2005 Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation arrived at an agreement with Milton/Lewisburg Broadcasting Corporation to acquire the assets of WMLP-AM (TalkRadio 1380 WMLP) and WVLY-FM (100.9 The Valley). March 6, 2006, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation completed the purchase of WMLP and WVLY.
WMLP was originally owned by Sam Booth, and went on the air in 1955 at 1570 AM on the second floor of the Milton YMCA. WMLP was only on the air from sunrise to sunset on 1570 AM until the 1380 AM frequency became available in the late 1950’s. The station did move to the second floor of the old legion movie building for a time in the early 1960’s. After the addition of 100.9 FM (currently WVLY) in the 1960’s, the stations needed more space, so the studios were moved back to the YMCA building. What originally took up three rooms now took over most of the second floor. After the Flood of 1972 the studios moved off of route 15 across from Milton.
WMLP was know in the late 1950’s and 1960’s as the area’s only Rock N’ Roll station with Jim Jacobs, Paul Herbert, Bill Stutzman, John Yingling, Billy Kelly, George Vaughn and Zeda Zodiac. As the years pasted and music stations moved to FM, WMLP found it’s niche as the area’s leading talk radio station.
TalkRadio 1380 WMLP continues to supply the Susquehanna Valley with the biggest names in talk radio including Bill Bennett, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Plus, overnight and sports talk with Yahoo Sports Radio. Soft Rock 100.9 The Valley is known in the area as a great workday companion. At night Delilah offers listeners a chance to make requests and chat. John Tesh from Midnight to 6 AM can help improve our listeners quality of life with Music and Intelligence for Your Life.
Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation is proud of its stations and their tradition of strong community service and quality programming. We remain committed to strengthening and advancing that tradition.
Corporation Job Vacancy Notices
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Roger S. Haddon, Jr.
PO Box 1070
Sunbury, PA 17801
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Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation
PO Box 1070
Sunbury, PA 17801
Phone: (570) 286-5838
Fax: (570) 743-7837
Winternet announcements: 570-743-7885