WGBN

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For the New Kensington, Pennsylvania radio station that held the call sign WGBN at 1150 AM from 1993 to 2014, see WMNY.
"WPTT" redirects here. For the Pittsburgh television station that used these call letters, see WPMY.
WGBN
City of license McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding Gospel 1360
Frequency 1360 kHz
Format gospel
Power 5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 59695
Callsign meaning W Gospel Broadcasting Network
Former callsigns WMCK
WIXZ (1969-1998)
WPTT (1998-2008)
WMNY (2008-2014)
Affiliations WMNY
Owner Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation

WGBN (AM 1360) is a gospel radio station that serves the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. Owned by Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation, the station operates at 1360 kHz with a power of 5,000 watts daytime, 1,000 watts nighttime, and is licensed to McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting April 30, 1947, with the call letters WMCK. Its initial programming included Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games.[1] It was a Top 40 station with the call letters WIXZ ("Wick-zee 1360") beginning in 1969. Among its disc jockeys during the Top 40 era was Jeff Christie, better known today by his real name, Rush Limbaugh. Hampered as a suburban station with a limited nighttime signal, it would later go through different formats and owners before switching to a talk format in 1999, at which time it took the WPTT call letters (formerly on channel 22 in Pittsburgh). On August 19, 2008, Renda Broadcasting announced that WPTT would be switching formats from talk to financial advice;[2] this was accompanied by a call change to WMNY. In all of its incarnations since WMCK, the radio station has positioned itself as a Pittsburgh outlet, rather than directly addressing the suburb of McKeesport.

On September 19, 2011, Renda Broadcasting announced that WMNY would return to its "AM News Talk 1360" format. This format contains numerous popular talk programs from the Talk Radio Network based radio network.

The WMNY calls were previously heard on the station now known as WBBF (1120 kHz) in Buffalo, New York.

In July 2013, Renda Broadcasting announced that WMNY would be donated to Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation, licensee of WGBN in New Kensington. The transaction was completed on October 9, 2013, and the station is currently off the air pending engineering maneuvers that would allow it to simulcast WGBN's programming. The stations swapped call signs on March 1, 2014.

Program content[edit]

The station broadcasts Dial Global's "Rejoice!" satellite music format.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WMCK on Air". Broadcasting. May 12, 1947. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Mark Roth, "Format change will take Cullen off WPTT," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (August 19, 2008).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°16′05″N 79°59′01″W / 40.26806°N 79.98361°W / 40.26806; -79.98361