|City of license||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Broadcast area||Southern New England|
|Branding||Talk Radio 920 WHJJ|
|Slogan||"For breaking news... and to talk about it"|
|First air date||September 6, 1922|
|Owner||Clear Channel Communications|
WHJJ (920 AM, "Talk Radio 920") is a radio station in Providence, Rhode Island. The station was previously assigned the call letters WJAR, adopting its current call letters in 1980 when previous owner Outlet Communications sold the station and retained the heritage call letters for their television station on channel 10.
As WJAR, the station was a charter member of the NBC Radio Network, affiliating with the "Red" network upon its launch on November 15, 1926 (and was a member of the Red Network's predecessor operated by AT&T and its station in New York City, WEAF Radio, as early as 1922). In the 1950s, as NBC Radio cut back its programming hours, WJAR began more local programming, playing MOR music with live personality DJ's.
By the 1970s, WJAR's music had become Top-40, where it briefly gave longtime format leader WPRO some competition. Later, WJAR's format eased over to adult contemporary. When Outlet sold WJAR ro buy what is now WSNE-FM in 1980 (ironically, the two are now sister stations), the new owners briefly continued the adult contemporary sound, but eventually went in the direction of talk radio.
In the mid-1980s, WHJJ attempted to shore up its news image by adopting an "All News, All Morning Till 9" format. From 5am to 9am every day (including weekends), WHJJ broadcast a dual-anchor news, weather, sports, and traffic format. Often, the news anchors would read exactly the same copy over and over again. It was very similar to the "Headline News" approach.
In the early 2000s, WHJJ was the Rhode Island affiliate of Air America Radio with the affiliation lasting until 2005. In 2005 and 2006, WHJJ won Associated Press awards for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island area; the 2005 award was for special events coverage of the Democratic National Convention, while the 2006 honor was for news station of the year. In December 2006, WHJJ owner Clear Channel Broadcasting fired afternoon drive veteran Arlene Violet, after sixteen years, as part of a company-wide cost-cutting measure. News reports are handled in morning drive by sister station WWBB morning host Kristin Lessard.
WHJJ was home to the notorious talk host Steve White in the early 1980s.
Legendary NBC staff announcer Don Pardo received his start at WJAR in 1938.
The WHJJ news team
- Bill George—Program Director / News Director / Anchor
- Kristen Lessard—Morning Anchor
WHJJ has been slowly standardizing its lineup with other Clear Channel news talk stations. As of November 2007, only one local show, the morning drive show, remains on WHJJ. The rest of the lineup includes standard Clear Channel talk fare, including Glenn Beck Program, The Sean Hannity Show, as well as other syndicated programs such as Mark Levin. In 2007, WHJJ acquired the rights to The Rush Limbaugh Show when crosstown rival WPRO ended its more than 20 year run with the program to concentrate on a full local schedule (traditionally, Clear Channel stations have had priority to Limbaugh's program since it is Clear Channel–owned Premiere Radio Networks that syndicates the show).
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- Providence News: September 6, 1922. Opening ceremonies began @ 20:00. Retrieved June 2, 2011.