|City of license||Johnstown|
|Broadcast area||Johnstown, Pennsylvania|
|Branding||The Edge 850-1400|
|First air date||1922|
|Callsign meaning||W K EDGE|
|Former callsigns||WJAC (1922-1963)|
|Owner||Birach Broadcasting Corporation|
First signing on the air in 1922 on a number of frequencies including 833 kHz, 1170 kHz, 1310 kHz and finally in 1941 to 1400 kHz, this station was known for much of its history as WJAC, under common ownership with WJAC-TV for many years. WJAC broadcast on 1400 until 1963 when the station migrated to 850 kHz and increased power from 500 watts to 10,000 watts. The station uses a very complex directional array to protect adjacent clear-channel stations WHAS in Louisville and CJBC in Toronto.
St Francis College (now University) in Loretto subsequently filed for the soon to be vacant 1400 frequency. The 1965 Broadcast Yearbook lists the start date for WWSF as October 7, 1963. Some radio historians date 1400 in Cambria County back as far as 1925, however the station owned by Johnstown Automobile Company (WHPB) originally broadcast in 1925 on 1170kc. then 1310kc., changed call letters to WJAC in 1930 but didn't move to 1400 until sometime between 1935 and 1942, probably 1941. WWSF now WWGE licensed to Loretto, Pennsylvania started broadcasting in 1963.
Forever Broadcasting moved the calls and format of WNTJ over to 850, where it had been operating as a simulcast of the news–talk programming on WNTW in Somerset, Pennsylvania. It has since moved back to 1490 kHz with Forever's divestiture of the 850 signal and subsequent LMA of the 1490 signal. Birach, who purchased the 850 signal in November 2007, now airs a simulcast of talk station WWGE in Loretto.
The former license holder, Forever Communications of Altoona, Pennsylvania announced an agreement to sell WNTJ to Birach Broadcasting of Southfield, Michigan, with the transfer of ownership finalized by the end of 2007, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website. Birach had acquired both WNTJ and WCND in Shelbyville, Kentucky in the transaction, but no studio or office building was acquired for WNTJ. Birach instead opted to simulcast talk station WWGE in Loretto, Pennsylvania via an agreement with WWGE's owner, Pennsylvania Radiowerks. WWGE also went off-air during July 2012, the future of that station is unclear.
WKGE is operated using an unusual directional nine-tower array that requires a lot of maintenance, and Forever Broadcasting was trying to sell the station for a while. The array, sitting on 115 acres (0.47 km2) of land, is located in Paint Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
After being off-air since July 2012, during October 2012 WKGE was listed as Off-Air in the FCC database, possibly forever. WKGE has apparently been operating out of pattern since at least 2010, being heard in Pittsburgh as well as McConnelsburg.
WKGE primarily mirrors WWGE's lineup of The Tom and Mike Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Dennis Miller Show, and Sporting News Radio, along with WWGE's sports programming. However, WKGE also carries Douglas Urbanski, which WWGE does not.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WKGE
- Radio-Locator Information on WKGE
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WKGE
- Edge Radio Web Site