WWGE

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WWGE
City of license Loretto, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Slogan Great Music. Local Sports.
Frequency 1400 kHz
First air date 1922
Format Classic Hits & Sports
Power 1000 Watts
Class C
Former callsigns WTAC, WJAC, WWSF, WAMQ, WJRV, WEBG, WBZV
Affiliations Saint Francis University, Pittsburgh Pirates, Westwood One, Bishop Carroll High School Huskies
Owner Pennsylvania Radiowerks
Website [1]

WWGE is a commercially licensed AM radio station serving Cambria County, in west central Pennsylvania. WWGE operates at the federally assigned frequency of 1400 kilohertz and a maximum power output of 1,000 watts. The production studio is located in downtown Ebensburg, PA, and the transmitter is located on the campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. The station is licensed to the community of Loretto and is owned by Pennsylvania Radiowerks, LLC.

History[edit]

WWGE has roots that can be traced all the way back to November 1922, when it first signed on the air with the callsign WTAC. In the 9 decades that have passed, WWGE has seen a myriad of call letter and frequency changes along the way. WTAC signed on on the wavelength of 360 meters (833 kilocycles) and went through three different channel assignments before settling on 1400 kilocycles in 1941.

The 1400 AM frequency first appeared in the region as one of many channel assignments for WJAC in Johnstown, which first signed on the air in 1925. WJAC later moved to 850 in 1963, leaving 1400 open and available.

1400 AM was picked up by St. Francis College (now St. Francis University) that year and signed on as WWSF October 7, 1963. The college continued its ownership of the station until about 1981, when it was sold to Sherlock-Hart Broadcasting, Rebranded as WAMQ, the new country-formatted station moved from the college campus to the First United Federal Building in Ebensburg, where it remained until it was sold in 1992 to Sherlock-Hart Broadcasting employee Tom Stevens, who had worked for Sherlock-Hart Broadcasting's FM property WBXQ in Altoona (but licensed to Cresson).

Stevens changed to call letters to WJRV and the format to soft rock, and relocated the studios to his home. Unforeseen circumstances later forced Stevens to sell the station in 1995. The station went to another owner under the call letters WEBG (the call letters of another Ebensburg AM that had been given up years before) before being sold to Radiowerks in 1999.

Disappearance[edit]

During the summer of 2012 WWGE disappeared from the AM dial due to unknown circumstances, and the future of the station was also unknown.

Reemergence[edit]

During the summer of 2013, WWGE was purchased and began airing content again. The current broadcast includes classic hits as well as serving as the home for Saint Francis University Red Flash programming, Bishop Carroll programming, PA Sports Now and PA Sports Saturday as well as Pirates broadcasts.

Programming[edit]

WWGE is the flagship station for Saint Francis University Red Flash Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the NFL on Westwood One. WWGE also broadcasts local sporting events from Bishop Carroll High School. The station's only shows, The Jed Donahue Show and PA Sports Talk air regularly. When the station is not broadcasting athletics, it plays classic hits.

Locations[edit]

The new studio is located in the Barnes Building, Suite 102-A in downtown Ebensburg. The station transmitter is located on the campus of Saint Francis University.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°30′12″N 78°38′10″W / 40.50333°N 78.63611°W / 40.50333; -78.63611