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|Broadcast area||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Branding||WARA 1320 AM|
|Slogan||Voice of the Attleboros|
|First air date||October 8, 1950|
|Callsign meaning||Attleboro Radio Association (original owners)|
WARA (1950–April 17, 1998)|
WJYT (April 17, 1998–December 6, 2000)
WARL (December 6, 2000–April 13, 2014)
WRNP (April 13, 2014–May 6, 2015)
|Owner||Attleboro Access Cable Systems, Inc.|
- 1 History
- 2 FCC issues
- 3 References
- 4 External links
WARA first signed on October 8, 1950. It was the local Attleboro radio station from then until 1998. Its original power was 1 kW. WARA had the callsign WIRD assigned to it until it changed to WARA on March 29, 1950.
|Day(s)||Times (Eastern)||Show Title||Show Host||Notes|
|Monday-Thursday||18:00-20:00||Ron Struminski||Show simulcast on Inland Cable television channel 8|
|Saturday||20:00-Midnight||Jack Burns||Oldies program|
|Sunday||14:00-18:00||Scott Duncan||Also hosted a show listed as "Friday Midnight-6" but it is unknown if that means Friday morning or Friday night/Saturday morning|
|Sunday||18:00-20:00||Chris Baker||Request/dedication music show for older listeners|
1985-1987: power increase
WARA's owners applied for a power increase to its currently-authorized 5 kW day & night on September 24, 1985 (BP-19850924AF). The F.C.C. granted the increase on April Fools' Day 1986 with a license to cover being issued on September 25, 1987. Additionally, WARA changed ownership from Jerome Ottmar to James H., Peter H. & David J. Ottmar in 1986.
On July 31, 1995, WARA, now owned by Dr.Michele E. Merolla of Fairhaven Ma., began syndicating Coast to Coast AM hosted by Art Bell. Art held the East of the Rockies line open in the final half-hour of the show to take calls from WARA listeners.
WARA became Spanish-language WJYT. ADD Radio Group bought the station effective June 1.
WJYT changed calls to WARL on December 6, 2000. As WARL, it has had many formats, which are detailed below. The first of these formats was "Web Access Radio Live"- a brokered time/internet T.V. hybrid. By this time, the station shifted its focus to the nearby Providence, Rhode Island area, even though it cannot be received well in parts of Providence.
WARL became easy listening with Norm Jagolinzer as host. Later that year the format changed from easy listening to urban as "Power 1320".
WARL changed formats again to all-conspiracy talk "Reality Radio 1320" (featuring programming from Genesis Communications Network). The programming had been airing on WALE until its bankruptcy sale in May 2003.
WARL's format once again changes, this time to sports talk "1320 The Drive" programmed by Scott MacPherson as a companion to his Sports Journal newspaper. WARL was the Providence-area affiliate of Sporting News Radio from 2004–2006. It was the flagship station for the Providence Bruins Radio Network for the 2005–06 season.
In September 2006 WARL changed again to new-age "Positive Energy Moving Forward." It dropped sports programming during this time.
WARL added Boston College Eagles sports as well as Attleboro High School football.
In May 2010, Jeff Santos, who bought time on WWZN in Boston to air progressive talk, announced on his show that they were buying time on WARL as well, in full force by May 31, 2010. Santos' show went off WARL in 2012.
On May 6, 2013, WARL leased out much of its morning schedule (from 6 a.m. to noon) Mondays through Saturdays to Southeastern Massachusetts Broadcasting, which uses the time for talk shows and a radio classifieds program; these programs, branded SoMa 1320, are directed toward Bristol County, as opposed to the entire Providence market. The programming began as six-month trial period.
On April 13, 2014, WARL changed its call sign to WRNP.
On March 20, 2015, the ADD Radio Group agreed to donate the WRNP license to Attleboro Access Cable Systems, which will convert the station to noncommercial operation. The new owners changed the station's call letters back to WARA; the WRNP call letters were not included in the donation. The donation was completed on May 5, 2015, with the return of the WARA call sign following the next day.
According to a filing with the FCC in early 2007, the station's transmitter facility was substantially damaged by vandals. The owner asserted that they were unable to return the station to its licensed daytime power, even with four radio engineers and support from the transmitter equipment manufacturer. In April 2008, the FCC dismissed their request to extend the temporary authority to remain at reduced power.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- WARA's history cards from the FCC website. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
- WARA contest entry form courtesy Jeff Starr
- Foster, Rick (April 30, 2013). "Local talk may return to WARL". The Sun Chronicle. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 20, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WARA
- Radio-Locator Information on WARA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WARA
- IDs on Bostonradio.org include a 1995 WARA ID as "Talk 1320" & WARL from 2008
- WARA mention on WEZE's history page showing ownership structure in 1995
- WARA logo from the 1990s on this page