|City of license||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|Branding||NewsTalk 1320 WJAS|
|First air date||August 4, 1922|
|Power||7,000 watts daytime
3,300 watts nighttime
|Former callsigns||WJAS (1922-1973)
(Radio Partners, LLC)
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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 an adult standards format and brought back the WJAS call letters in 1981. Beni eventually sold WJAS to Renda Broadcasting. WJAS was one of the top standards stations in the United States.
WJAS boasts of two personalities with long and storied histories in Pittsburgh media: Jack Bogut and Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille.
In August 2014, Renda Broadcasting sold WJAS to Radio Partners, LLC, a company controlled by Frank Iorio and based in Warren. As expected, the company then changed the station to a Premiere Networks-affiliated conservative talk format in response to rumors that WPGB would flip formats. The final song under the standards format was "One More for the Road" by Frank Sinatra.
The station's format change occurred at Noon on August 7, 2014, carrying most of the programs previously heard on WPGB (a station that directed its listeners to WJAS as it prepared to change formats); the first program to air on the talk-formatted WJAS was The Rush Limbaugh Show. There has been unconfirmed reports that WJAS is working to bring back The War Room with Quinn and Rose, WPGB's former morning show that had been canceled nine months before the station/format swap, to WJAS.
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WJAS
- Radio-Locator Information on WJAS
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WJAS
- Jeff Roteman's tribute to 13Q