Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of histories, scrapbooks, news clippings, miscellaneous materials, and editorials from the WINC-AM/FM radio station from 1941 to the present. The editorials cover 1982 to 1989 and deal with national and local events and issues. The histories, several of which were written by Phil Whitney, cover many of the stations and personalities associated with the company from its beginnings to the present.
(6 boxes) Last updated 11/15.
Biographical/Historical: On June 15, 1941, WINC radio began broadcasting under the ownership of Richard F. Lewis. The only station between Hagerstown, MD and Harrisonburg, VA, WINC is located on the eastern edge of Winchester, VA. In 1946, Lewis added a second facility, which became the first licensed FM station serving the Winchester, Frederick County area. It was located on top of a mountain outside of Winchester. The station’s call letters were originally WRFL; then it was changed to WAUS; and in 1982 became WINC. Phil Whitney started at WINC in 1941 as engineer, broadcaster, and manager, and was general manager from 1941 to 1979. Thirteen miles away, Whitney built the first remote control unit to run the station’s transmitter. WINC-FM still serves as a Winchester FM station.
Cite As: WINC Collection, 1616 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
“WFVA/WBQB, The Story of, 1939-1996” by Phil Whitney 20 leaves, typescript
“WINC-FM – “The First 50 Years, 1946-1996”, 12 leaves, typescript, 1 leaf, printed
WINC, “History of Winc” by Phil Whitney, n.d., 24 leaves, typescript
Fifty- five Years of Memories by Phil Whitney, 1996, 10 leaves, typescript
“Sixty Employees Remembered, The WLNH Story”, n.d., 31 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
“Things Have Changed” by Phil Whitney, n.d., 4 leaves, typescript
“This is the Way It Was – A Pictorial History,” 1941, 4 pages, 4 pages, photographs with typescript, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)
Online Article – BTW Online, n.d., 4 leaves, printed
Articles – Patsy Cline, 1996-2001, 13 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Songs Sung By Your Favorite Radio Friends—Kid Smith and his Rhythm Makers, n.d., 1 booklet, 16 pages, printed
“Those Early TV Stations” by Phil Whitney, n.d., 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)
50th Anniversary – ID/Change Purse 1941-1991, Promotional Handout, 1 item
“Early Memories and Locations of Winc” by Phil Whitney, n.d., 8 leaves, typescript, 13 polaroid photographs
Nester, Roy—Miscellaneous (c. 1957), 4 items, printed/typescript/manuscript
“Winc Satellite Remote Unit” by Phil Whitney, Broadcast Engineering, Oct. 1962, 4 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Correspondence – 1943-1988, 15 items, 12 leaves, 3 envelopes
Daily Log of WINC programing, 1942, unnumbered leaves
Lawsuit, 1988, 67, leaves, 65 typescript, 2 manuscript
Miscellaneous Items, unnumbered leaves
WINC – Advertising/Promotions, unnumbered leaves
WINC – Award Certificates, n.d., 6 leaves, 4 printed, 1 printed (photocopy), 1 typescript
WINC – Circuitry and Small Card, 3 leaves, 2 manuscript, 1 typescript
WSIG – “Frank and Spencer’s WSIG Radio Cookbook”, n.d., Booklet, 48 pages, printed
Advertising – Rates, unnumbered items
Advertising – Rate Cards, unnumbered items
“Advertisers and Advertising Agencies Radio Report in Winchester, Virginia, October, 1958” Robert S. Conlan Associates Inc., Kansas City, MO, 1 booklet, 3 leaves, printed
WINC Bumper Stickers, 11 items
Scrapbook – The Mid-Atlantic network Archives
Scrapbook – The Mid-Atlantic Network Archives, The Historical Collection of Photos and Newspaper Excerpts
BOX 5 Editorials aired over WINC Radio Station --- 1982-1986
BOX 6 Editorials aired over WINC Radio Station - 1987-1989
January-December 1987, unnumbered items
January-December 1988, unnumbered items
January-February 9, 1989, 12 leaves