|City of license||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|First air date||August 4, 1922|
|Power||7,000 watts daytime
3,300 watts nighttime
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1320 WJAS is one of the top Nostalgia radio stations in America and is heard at 1320 AM in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania listening area. It is currently owned by the Renda Broadcasting Corporation, with studios located at RBC's corporate headquarters building in Green Tree Borough in Pittsburgh's South Hills with sister stations WSHH/99.7 (the former WJAS-FM) and Money Talk 1360 WMNY.
WJAS, which is one of Pittsburgh's five original AM stations, first signed on the air on August 4, 1922 and became an NBC owned-and-operated station in 1957 (after briefly operating as WAMP in the 1950s).
In 1973, the station became extremely popular with a new format as top 40 WKPQ, later WKTQ "13Q", under new owners Heftel Communications. A promotion was run where listeners would win prizes if they were randomly telephoned and answered with "I listen to the new sound of 13Q" (instead of "hello"). Although this was the highest-rated format ever to appear on 1320, ranking second in the ratings to KDKA, it did not last due to the audience's move to FM radio. By 1977, 13Q's fortunes were fading, and Heftel sold the station to Nationwide Communications, who tried adult contemporary, which failed as well. Nationwide later sold the station to Beni Broadcasting, who switched the station to its current adult standards format and brought back the WJAS call letters in 1981, Beni eventually sold WJAS to Renda Broadcasting.
WJAS boasts of two personalities with long and storied histories in Pittsburgh media: Jack Bogut and Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille.
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- "NBC buys WJAS Pittsburgh." Broadcasting - Telecasting, August 12, 1957, pg. 9.