WAPA (AM)

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WAPA
WAPA680.png
City San Juan, Puerto Rico
Broadcast area Puerto Rico
Branding WAPA Radio
Slogan La Poderosa
(The Powerful)
Frequency 680 kHz
First air date January 15, 1947
Format News Talk Information
Power 10,000 watts (day)
9,500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 8889
Transmitter coordinates 18°24′16″N 65°56′52″W / 18.40444°N 65.94778°W / 18.40444; -65.94778
Callsign meaning Asociación de Productores de Azúcar
Affiliations CNN en Español
Telenoticias Puerto Rico
Owner Grupo AM Puerto Rico
(Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi)
Sister stations WISO
WMIA
WTIL
WVOZ
WXRF
Website waparadiopr.com

WAPA (680 AM) is a radio station licensed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, broadcasting a News Talk Information format. The station is owned by Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi (d/b/a Grupo AM Puerto Rico). It is an affiliate of CNN en Español radio news network.

The station was relayed through an experimental synchronous station, WA2XPA Arecibo, which also broadcasts on 680 kHz. On April 19, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission ruled that WA2XPA's license will not be renewed. The ruling stated that it must discontinue operation on May 7, 2017 and the license would be cancelled on May 8, 2017.[1][2][3][4]

A petition for review of the order to cancel WA2XPA's license was submitted on April 24, 2017.[5] The petition was withdrawn on September 5, 2017, and the license was cancelled on April 24, 2018.

History[edit]

Its call letters are a partial abbreviation of the station's original owners, the now-defunct Asociación de Productores de Azúcar, or Puerto Rico Sugar Grower's Association. In the late 1960s, it was acquired by Hearst Corporation. In 1991 it was acquired by NotiRadio Broadcasting (Eng. Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi, owner & his son Eng. Jorge Blanco, news director).

WAPA was the only radio station to remain on the air throughout the passage of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017. The station helped family members contact each other by relaying messages of safety. Another radio stations in the air during the hurricane was WOIZ from Guayanilla, WKJB/WPRA from Mayaguez, WALO from Humacao and WPAB from Ponce, which helped the eastern, southern and western areas of Puerto Rico.[6] As of January 2018, WAPA's programming will be reduced to 17 and a half hours from 4:45AM until 9PM, operating with a diesel generator, that some areas of the transmitters don't have electrical grid.

WAPA Radio over the years[edit]

In 1996, NotiRadio Broadcasting acquires radio station WISO 1260 in Ponce from South Puerto Rico Broadcasting Corporation (founded by Luis Freyre in 1953), this would become the second radio station of the WAPA Radio News Network. In 2014, after 66 years of local operation, WXRF 1590 AM in Guayama (originally founded by Jose Fuster) finally acquires from International Broadcasting Corporation to NotiRadio Broadcasting for $100,000, this become the third radio station of WAPA Radio. Then on March 24, the station changed its call letters to WGYA. On March 14, 2017, after a year off the air due to transmitter problems, NotiRadio Broadcasting resumes operations WVOZ 1580 AM in Morovis-Manatí, rejoining the WAPA Radio News Network, since its establishment, 35 years ago in 1981. That station acquires from International Broadcasting Corporation for $150,000, this leaves WVOZ became silent due to technical maitenance and financial reasons in April 2016. The Network consists of 7 radio stations all across Puerto Rico. On May 7, 2017, WAPA will cease operations on experimental synchronized stations in WA2XPA Arecibo, WI2XSO Mayagüez and WI3XSO Aguadilla. All 3 stations cancelled the licenses the next day, on May 8, 2017. On March 2, 2017, WAPA Radio is acquiring WMIA 1070 AM in Arecibo (originally owned by Abacoa Radio Corporation) for over $250,000, and the sale was completed on April 14, 2017. On May 1, WMIA became the new WAPA Radio News Network station, serving the northern area. Also, WVOZ will changed its city of license from Morovis to Aguadilla, currently occupied by WI3XSO, which its license is cancelled on May 8. The move of the city of license was granted on December 28, 2017. Now, WAPA Radio will provide a network of five radio stations across the island. On June 21, 2017, WTIL 1300 AM in Mayaguez buys for a three-way swap from La Mas Z Radio, Inc., when awaiting the transaction completes, this becomes the sixth radio station of the WAPA Radio News Network on August 1. On August 3, WGYA changed back to the original WXRF call letters. On August 15, the sale of WTIL to Blanco Pi was completed.

Affiliates[edit]

WAPA's programming is heard on over six radio stations across the island.

Call sign Frequency City of license FCC info
WAPA 680 AM San Juan, Puerto Rico FCC
WISO 1260 AM Ponce, Puerto Rico FCC
WTIL 1300 AM Mayaguez, Puerto Rico FCC
WMIA 1070 AM Arecibo, Puerto Rico FCC
WVOZ 1580 AM Aguadilla, Puerto Rico FCC
WXRF 1590 AM Guayama, Puerto Rico FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blanco-Pi Loses Experimental Licenses Radio World - April 20, 2017
  2. ^ Application for Renewal of License Federal Communications Commission - November 7, 2016
  3. ^ Petition for Reconsideration Federal Communications Commission - April 19, 2017
  4. ^ "Field Trial Results of AM Transmitter Carrier Synchronization" (PDF). Thomas F. King; Stephen F. Smith. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Petition for Review" (PDF). Wifredo G. Blanco-Pi. April 24, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Estefania (September 22, 2017). "'Helpless, Worried and Sick': Puerto Rico's Vast Outages Leave Relatives on Mainland Worried". NBC New York. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 

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