WEDO

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WEDO
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City of license McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding "WEDO AM 810"
Slogan "Your Station of Nations"
Frequency 810 (kHz)
First air date 1947
Format Multicultural programming
Power 1,000 watts (daytime hours only)
Class D
Callsign meaning WE DO Radio
Owner AM 810 Incorporated
Webcast 64kbps MP3
Website www.wedo810.com

WEDO (810 AM) is a multicultural radio broadcasting outlet serving the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station, which is owned by AM 810 Incorporated, broadcasts at a clear-channel frequency of 810 kHz with a power level of 1,000 watts. The city of license for the station is McKeesport, Pennsylvania. The station maintains its studios and offices on Lincoln Way in White Oak, Pennsylvania.

Because WEDO shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WGY in Schenectady, New York; it broadcasts only during the daytime hours.

History and programming background[edit]

The station's programming offerings consist of various Catholic, ethnic, oldies, and paid programs, not much different from when it first signed on the air back in 1947, at around the same time as another McKeesport-licensed radio station, WMCK AM 1360. Among the programming aired includes a local oldies show at noon on weekdays, an Irish show on Sunday afternoons and a live traditional Latin Rite Mass from an SSPX chapel at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

WEDO has had only this call sign, and only two owners in its six-decade history. Tri-City Broadcasting first put the station on the air and operated it until 1972, when it was purchased by 810, Inc., a wholly owned company headed by local entrepreneurs Ralph and Judith Baron. Following the death of Ralph Baron, Judy Baron, now residing in Florida, has recently established a trust that would control the station in the event of her death or incapacitation.

During the 60's and 70's, WEDO became known for its Top 40 music presentation and even received more notoriety when they relocated their studios and offices inside Midtown Plaza Mall on Fifth Avenue in downtown McKeesport during the 1970s. The mall, one of the first in suburban Pittsburgh, enabled shoppers to watch the DJ's in real time as they did their on-air shifts.

In the early 1980s, when FM emerged as the leading technology for music, WEDO gradually dropped its music for the program-oriented format that it originally had in its formative years. As McKeesport's downtown economy continued to deteriorate, so did tenant business in Midtown Plaza Mall, as many of the stores went out of business or relocated into the suburbs. With few tenants left in the building, the property's managers turned off heat to several areas of the mall in an effort to reduce operating costs. A heating problem one day in 2000 resulted in a frozen pipe bursting in the mall and leaving the radio station in about two inches of standing water. According to a former employee, it was the second time that such an incident occurred.[citation needed]

Management then decided to relocate to a different building. WEDO cleared its equipment and furniture out of the mall weeks later and moved to its current location at a former bank location at 1985 Lincoln Way, where it occupies the second floor.

WEDO in the News[edit]

In the spring of 1999, WEDO was the victim of a not-so-innocent and dangerous prank committed by local high school students at its transmitter facility in Forest Hills, as explained in the April 13th and 29th, 1999 issue archives of the Tribune-Review...

WEDO People[edit]

WEDO announcer Bill Korch has been with the station for more than 20 years. John James has managed the station since June 1982. James' predecessor, David Leiner took over for longtime manager John Longo in 1980. Today, Longo owns and operates WCNS, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Pittsburgh.

Also the legendary DJ Porky Chedwick is set to return to the Pittsburgh airwaves, hosting a weekly one hour oldies show starting in September, 2011.

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Coordinates: 40°21′51″N 79°48′46″W / 40.36417°N 79.81278°W / 40.36417; -79.81278