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WABJ AM1490 logo.jpg
City Adrian, Michigan
Broadcast area [1]
Branding NewsTalk 1490
Slogan News, Talk, Sports
Frequency 1490 kHz
First air date November 1946
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Callsign meaning Adrian Business Journal
Owner Friends Communications

WABJ (1490 AM, "NewsTalk 1490") is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk radio format. Licensed to Adrian, Michigan, it first began broadcasting in 1946. WABJ is noted as a "springboard station" for some of the most well-known names in broadcasting. It has launched the careers of such notables as Phil Donahue, Jerry Keil, Rich Hoffer, Gary Fullhart, Mickey Morgret-Goldberg, and Joe Elardo.

WABJ has functioned as a full-service station for Adrian and Lenawee County since it signed on. Current owner Friends Communications has owned the station since 1990. Music (adult contemporary or MOR in nature) was phased out in the early 1990s in favor of the station's current talk format.


In January 1948, the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of WABJ by Adrian Broadcasting Company to James Gerity Jr.[1]

WABJ studios entrance


  1. ^ "WABJ Sale Approved" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 12, 1948. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 


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Coordinates: 41°54′02″N 84°00′51″W / 41.90056°N 84.01417°W / 41.90056; -84.01417