WAMO (AM)

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WAMO
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City of license Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding WAMO 100
Slogan "We Are WAMO 100", "Pittsburgh's Home For Hip-Hop And Hottest Hits"
Frequency 660 kHz
Translator(s) 100.1 W261AX (Pittsburgh)
Format Mainstream Urban
Power FM: 99 watts AM:1,400 watts (day)
Class D
Facility ID 25732
Callsign meaning Allegheny
Monongahela
Ohio
(Three rivers that meet in Pittsburgh)
Former callsigns WZGO (1980-1993)
WHYM (1993-1994)
WZGO (1994-1997)
WFJY (1997-2004)
WCIX (2004)
WPYT (2004-2011)
WAMO(2011-
Owner Martz Communications Group
(Langer Broadcasting)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wamo100.com

WAMO is a radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. The station, which is purchased by Martz Communications Group (through its Radio Power subsidiary) from Langer Broadcasting in December 2010, broadcasts on 660 kHz on the AM dial with a power of 1,400 watts, daytime only (to protect the nighttime signal of WFAN in New York City on the same frequency), and is licensed to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Its studios and AM transmitter are located in Braddock east of Pittsburgh. It operates a translator, W261AX on 100.1 FM, from the Hays neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

Station History[edit]

The station was originally on 1470 kHz, and licensed to Portage, Pennsylvania, halfway between Johnstown and Altoona.

This station began as WRML, and had operated as a daytime-only station for much of its history since signing on back in the early 1960s. Through the years and format and callsign changes, (usually between country and oldies) it finally received nighttime power authorization in the early '90s, allowing it to operate at night with a limited power of 88 watts. Though successful financially in its earlier years, the station and its FM sister, then known as WZGO, experienced a sharp decline in the mid 80's, as did the local economy, in part due to the collapse of the region's rich steel-producing and coal-mining industries.

Under FCC rules which permit a station owner to move a daytime-only station and change its frequency, the station was relocated to the Pittsburgh area with a new frequency and city of around 2004. On 660, the station first signed on with the call letters WCIX. On 1470, it had previously been known as WRML, WWML, WHYM, WZGO, and WFJY (its final calls before the move).

The station had operated Langer's "National Radio Network" programming lineup, but that network ceased operations in March 2010 and its format thereafter was unknown. Martz planned to put a Urban/Urban AC format on the station, returning this programming to the Pittsburgh market for the first time since WAMO and WAMO-FM were sold to Catholic broadcasters in 2009. On May 21, 2011, WPYT and translator W261AX (100.1 FM) signed on with the promised mainstream urban format, but they have always had a shift towards Rhythmic Contemporary. At the end of 2011, they changed their slogan to "Pittsburgh's home for Hip-hop and Hottest Hits" and became an official Rhythmic Contemporary station.[1] On June 3, 2011, the station changed its call sign to WAMO.

In January 2013, WAMO was added to BDS' Rhythmic Airplay panel as an indicator reporter, but is not considered a monitored reporter because it is not rated in Nielsen Audio (as Martz is a non-subscriber) and in part due to being an AM daytimer with a FM translator, this despite having a primary emphasis on R&B/Hip-Hop material.

On Air Staff[edit]

WEEKDAYS:

  • 6-11 AM: The Rickey Smiley Morning Show
  • 11 am – 3 pm: DJ Boogie
  • 3–7 pm: Mike Jax
  • 7 pm – 12 am: GQ

Saturdays: 8–11 am-Rickey Smiley Rewind Saturdays: 7–10 pm-The Baka Boyz Hip-Hop Master Mix

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Urban To Return To Pittsburgh". RadioInsight. 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°22′59″N 78°39′31″W / 40.38306°N 78.65861°W / 40.38306; -78.65861