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WINC FM Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1616 THL

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

News Clippings

News Clippings


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

June-December 1982
January-June 1983
July-December 1983
January-June 1984
July-December 1984
January-December 1985
January-December 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