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|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|Slogan||Oldies with an Attitude!|
|Frequency||AM: 1450 kHz
FM: 95.3 MHz
|First air date||AM: 1942
|Power||AM: 1,000 watts|
|ERP||FM: 2,150 watts|
|HAAT||FM: 119 meters|
|Facility ID||AM: 70947
|Callsign meaning||Washington & Jefferson PennsylvaniA|
|Owner||Washington Broadcasting Company|
WJPA is an oldies simulcast on both the AM and FM bands. It serves Washington County, Pennsylvania, and can be heard in parts of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The stations, which are owned by Washington Broadcasting Company, operate at 1450 kHz with a transmitter power output of 1 kW-Unlimited on the AM band and at 95.3 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 2.15 kW on the FM band. Both stations are licensed to Washington, Pennsylvania.
Though, in general, broadcast focuses on oldies, WJPA is also known for its wide sports coverage. WJPA regularly broadcasts games of the Washington & Jefferson College football team, minor league baseball team the Washington Wild Things and even area high school wrestling matches.
WJPA was started by a consortium of business owners in downtown Washington, several of whom are still part of the ownership group. WJPA made its debut on February 1, 1941. It was one of the last stations the FCC permitted to go on the air prior to the United States' entry into World War II. WJPA-FM also made its debut at around this time, but broadcast at a frequency of 104.3 Mc. Because there were few FM receivers and even fewer car radios capable of receiving FM signals, the FM failed to make any kind of financial inroads and its license was returned to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
After FM radio started gaining momentum, Washington Broadcasting Company decided to give FM radio another try. The company applied for an FM license, and was granted the application to operate on 95.3 FM. WJPA-FM returned to the air on September 1, 1964. In the summer of 1979, after years of afternoon office-music broadcasts, WJPA-FM switched to a new, album rock-format and changed call letters to WYTK-FM.
In 1983, WYTK moved to a contemporary country format, billing itself as "K-Country". Again an automated station, this format remained until the early 1990s, when ownership decided to reclaim the AM's call letters and simulcast the two stations, billing it as "The New Sound of Oldies", referring to the addition of then-new CD technology and a deeper music library than Pittsburgh-based competitor WWSW. This format continues today. WJPA breaks for separate programming occasionally, such as Sunday morning church broadcasts, high school sports, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.
The WJPA broadcast facilities are located at the corner of Main St. and East Wheeling St. across from the Observer-Reporter newspaper offices. Both stations transmit from a self-supporting tower at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 79, just north of Washington.
WJPA has a reputation for its tenured on-air staff. Pete "I Got The Beat" Povich (personally nicknamed by The Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle) is the longest tenured DJ at WJPA, having worked there since 1983. Margie Konstantine, who met Pete while students at California University of Pennsylvania, joined the following year. News Director Jim Jefferson and Sports Director Bob Gregg have been part of the stations for more than three decades. Michael Siegel has served as President and General Manager for the past 20 years.
- Pete "I Got The Beat" Povich - mornings / program director
- Margie Konstantine - middays
- Dale Allen - afternoons
- Dave Anthony - evenings
- G-Whiz George - weekends (Saturday Afternoon / Cruisin' Sunday Night)
- Ross Denman - weekends (Saturday Morning)
- Bill Chappo - weekends (Cruisin' Sunday)
- Ralph Trilli - fill-ins / weekends (Cruisin' Sunday)
- Brian Johnson - weekends (80s House Party Friday Nights)
- Alan Lestini - Saturday nights / fill-ins (Songs From the Attic)
- Jim Jefferson - news director / morning news anchor
- Lynn Manning - afternoon news anchor
- Jon Difilippo - weekend news anchor
- Nick Farrell - weekend news anchor
- Carl Malm - weekend news anchor / reporter
- Bob Gregg - sports director / commentator
- Bill DiFabio - morning sports anchor
- Mark Uriah - sports commentator
- Randy Gore - sports commentator
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to WJPA.|
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WJPA
- Radio-Locator Information on WJPA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WJPA
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WJPA
- Radio-Locator information on WJPA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WJPA