|Broadcast area||Greater Boston|
|Branding||WJDA 1300 AM|
|First air date||September 12, 1947|
|Power||1,000 watts daytime
72 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||James D Asher (former owner)|
|Owner||The Principle Broadcasting Network LLC
(Principle Boston Holdco LLC)
WJDA is a radio station in Quincy, Massachusetts, serving the Boston area with a religious/ethnic format. The station operates on 1300 kHz on the AM dial, with studios in Chelsea. WJDA broadcasts Portuguese-language programming.
The station began in 1947 as a local station for the South Shore region, owned by James D. Asher, and later by his son Jay. For much of its history, WJDA provided talk programming and (in its last years) ABC Radio's Unforgettable Favorites satellite soft AC format, operating under the branding "Radio your way." Among its on-air personalities were Herb Fontaine, Roy Lind, Joe Catalano, Win Bettinson, Ken Coleman, Don Kent and Mike Logan. Notable shows included Party Line, Breakfast with WJDA and the Wax Museum. The station was a daytimer for most of its history, broadcasting until sundown, but became 24-hour in the early 1990s.
The station (and its North Shore sister station WESX) was sold in 2006 to Principle Broadcasting, which switched the station to the current format and closed the local studios. Its final day of operation under the old format was April 30, 2006.
Tropical Storm Irene toppled the station's tower on August 28, 2011; the station was off the air for a few days, then received FCC approval for a temporary long-wire antenna. As of April, 2012, the tower has been restored.
- Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1940s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WJDA
- Radio-Locator Information on WJDA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WJDA