WJAS

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WJAS
City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding WJAS 1320
Frequency 1320 kHz
First air date August 4, 1922
Format Adult Standards
Power 7,000 watts daytime
3,300 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 55705
Owner Renda Broadcasting
Website www.1320wjas.com

WJAS is an adult standards radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Renda Broadcasting, and broadcasts at 1320 kHz with a power level of 5,000 watts.

History[edit]

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[1] (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.

Pittsburgh Panthers Women's Basketball[edit]

1320 WJAS is the home to the University of Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball games and the Suzie McConnell Serio radio show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBC buys WJAS Pittsburgh." Broadcasting - Telecasting, August 12, 1957, pg. 9. [1]

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°28′46″N 79°54′12″W / 40.47944°N 79.90333°W / 40.47944; -79.90333