WEJL

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WEJL
City of license Scranton, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Scranton, Pennsylvania
Branding Northeast PA's ESPN Radio
Frequency 630 kHz
Repeaters 100.5 W263AL (Avoca)
96.1 W241BB (Wilkes-Barre)
100.1 WEJL-FM (Forest City)
First air date November 29, 1922[1]
Format Sports
Power 2,000 watts (day)
32 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 66363
Transmitter coordinates 41°24′34″N 75°40′01″W / 41.40944°N 75.66694°W / 41.40944; -75.66694Coordinates: 41°24′34″N 75°40′01″W / 41.40944°N 75.66694°W / 41.40944; -75.66694
Callsign meaning W Edward J. Lynett
(The Scranton Times late publisher)[2]
Former callsigns WRAY (1922)
WQAN (1922-55)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Times-Shamrock Communications
(The Scranton Times, L.P.)
Website nepaespnradio.com

WEJL is a radio station broadcasting in Scranton, Pennsylvania on the AM dial at 630 kHz. Its programming is simulcast on WBAX in Wilkes-Barre, at 1240 kHz and WEJL-FM in Forest City at 100.1 MHz. The stations, known on-air as Northeast PA's ESPN Radio, broadcast sports talk programming from ESPN Radio, as well as Philadelphia Phillies baseball, Philadelphia Eagles football, Notre Dame football and Villanova Wildcats basketball. They are owned by Times-Shamrock Communications, publishers of Scranton's daily newspaper, The Times-Tribune.

History[edit]

E. J. Lynett, publisher of The Scranton Times (now The Times-Tribune), believed radio was a natural business for a newspaper. In November 1922, he bought WRAY, that had signed on a few days earlier (November 29[1]) and changed the calls to WQAN. The Times thus became the first American newspaper to own and operate a radio station.[3]

Logo used until 2011.

Originally at 1070 kHz, WQAN changed frequency to 1200 kHz by 1925.[4] By 1927, the station had begun sharing the frequency of 1300 kHz with Scranton's other station, WGBI[5] (now WBZU).

WQAN/WGBI moved to 880 kHz by 1930.[6] The year 1941 brought a nationwide frequency reassignment period and the two stations had to change their frequency sharing arrangements to 910 kHz.[7] The 21-year frequency sharing arrangement between WQAN and WGBI came to an end in 1948 when the Lynett family built a tower atop the Times Building in downtown Scranton for the new WQAN-FM at 92.3 MHz and moved the AM station to the new frequency of 630 AM from the same tower, where it remains today.[8] WQAN-FM's calls were changed in the early 1950s to WEJL-FM, in honor of family patriarch E.J. Lynett[2] In 1955, WEJL-FM had gone silent, and the AM station took the call letters of the FM and became WEJL. Originally a 500-watt daytime-only operation, it has since boosted its power to 2,000 watts.

For decades, WEJL was a full-service radio station. Its news updates 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm, along with mine working schedules, were an institution in Scranton. It adopted its current sports radio format in the 1990s.

In 1994, the Lynetts bought WBAX in Wilkes-Barre to fill in the gaps in WEJL's signal. Although WEJL's daytime signal decently covers Wilkes-Barre, much of the southern part of the market (for instance, Hazleton) gets only a grade B signal due to the area's rugged terrain. At night, it must power down to 32 watts, effectively limiting its nighttime coverage to Lackawanna County.

In 2008, the stations applied for special temporary authority to rebroadcast on FM translators W241AZ (96.1 Dunmore) and W241BB (96.1 Wilkes-Barre).[9] WQFN, 100.1 mHz, Forest City, PA (Call Letter Change to WQFM) began to rebroadcast WEJL on 9/16/2010. In April 2012 W263AL, Avoca; 100.5 began rebroadcasting WEJL and at the same time W241AZ, Dunmore switched to Clarks Summit and began rebroadcasting WFUZ through WEZX-HD2. In July 2013 WQFM changed its call sign to WEJL-FM.

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