WAPA (AM)

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WAPA
City San Juan, Puerto Rico
Broadcast area Puerto Rico
Branding Cadena WAPA Radio
Slogan La Poderosa
Frequency 680 kHz
First air date January 15, 1947
Format News Talk Information
Power 10,000 watts
400 watts day (experimental synchronous operation)
570 watts night (experimental synchronous operation)
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
18°28′18″N 66°42′35″W / 18.47167°N 66.70972°W / 18.47167; -66.70972 (experimental synchronous operation WA2XPA in Arecibo)
Callsign meaning Asociación de Productores de Azúcar
Affiliations CNN en Español
Telenoticias Puerto Rico
Owner NotiRadio Broadcasting
(Wilfredo G. Blanco Pi)
Sister stations WISO, WGYA, WVOZ
Website waparadiopr.com

WAPA (680 AM) is a radio station licensed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, broadcasting a News Talk Information format. It is an affiliate of CNN en Español radio news network.

The station is rebroadcast through a synchronous repeater, WA2XPA Arecibo, which also broadcasts at 680 kHz.

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 60's, 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).

Programming[edit]

The station has a famous show which is regularly broadcast at 8:30 am, "Dándole casco al tema" (Thinking through the topic), in which the owners discuss with the listeners political topics. Another popular show is Opine Usted (Express yourself), in this show listeners are given 1 minute and 30 seconds to analyze the situation of the country.

WAPA Radio over the years[edit]

In Early 2017, After a year off the air due to transmitter problems, NotiRadio Broadcasting will return operations WVOZ 1580 AM in Morovis-Manatí, joining the WAPA Radio News Network. The Network will consists of 7 radio stations all across Puerto Rico. Starting on May 7, 2017, WAPA will cease operations on synchronized stations in Arecibo, Mayaguez and Aguadilla. On March 2, 2017, WAPA Radio is acquiring WMIA 1070 AM in Arecibo for over $250,000 and will become the new WAPA Radio News Network station. Now, WAPA Radio will provide a network of five radio stations across the island.

Affiliiates[edit]

WAPA's programming is also heard on WISO 1260 kHz Ponce, WVOZ 1580 kHz Morovis-Vega Baja-Manati and WGYA 1590 kHz Guayama.

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