WJTP

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WJTP
CityLithia Springs, Georgia
Broadcast areaAtlanta metro area
Frequency890 kHz (AM)
First air dateApril 15, 1959 (as 1460 WGOG in Walhalla, South Carolina)[1]
FormatChina Radio International news and talk
Power5,000 watts days only
ClassD
Facility ID2464
Transmitter coordinates33°45′39.00″N 84°28′42.00″W / 33.7608333°N 84.4783333°W / 33.7608333; -84.4783333
Former call signsWGOG (1959-2002)
WSSW (2002)
WSMW (2002-2003)
WWOF (2003-2008)
Former frequencies1460 kHz (1959-1965)
1000 kHz (1965-2008)
AffiliationsChina Radio International
OwnerJames Su
(Major Radio, LLC)
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.cri.com.cn

WJTP (890 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to Lithia Springs, Georgia, and serving the Atlanta metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by James Su.[2] It carries news and talk programming from Chinese government-sponsored China Radio International.

WJTP shares the same frequency as Class A clear channel station WLS AM 890 in Chicago. WJTP is a daytimer and must be off the air at night when radio waves travel farther. The transmitter, shared with AM 1380 WAOK, is on Chalmers Drive NW in Atlanta, near the Ralph David Abernathy Freeway (Interstate 20).[3]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

On April 15, 1959, the station signed on as WGOG, broadcasting from Walhalla, South Carolina at 1460 kHz.[4] WGOG was owned by Oconee Broadcasting. On June 16, 1965, WGOG switched its frequency to 1000 kHz (a frequency used for clear channel radio). In 1984, Oconee Broadcasting sold WGOG to Luzanne Griffith, who was the station's Traffic Manager and Receptionist. Griffith established WGOG-FM in 1991.

On April 1, 2002, WGOG was sold to Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting, changing its call sign to WSSW. On April 18, 2002, the station changed its call sign to WSMW. Then, on September 25, 2003, it changed to WWOF.

Move to Atlanta[edit]

On June 26, 2008, Tugart Properties, LLC sold WWOF to New Life Broadcasting and was cleared to move into the Atlanta market area on its new frequency 890 kHz. On October 10, 2008, WWOF changed to the current WJTP.[5] The station began broadcasting from its new facility in Lithia Springs, Georgia on January 25, 2009, with a Spanish Christian format.

In January 2011, the station began simulcasting China Radio International, broadcasting general news and entertainment in English and Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), targeting Chinese-Americans in the Atlanta area. Programs from CRI are distributed by AIM Broadcasting (American International Media) in Palo Alto, California. China Radio International also airs over KGBC 1540 AM in the Houston, Texas area.

On June 30, 2012, the station's license was transferred from New Life Broadcasting to National Broadcasting, Inc. The two companies share common ownership. In October 2013, WJTP was sold to James Su's Major Radio, LLC for $2.1 million. The sale was consummated on December 23, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History cards of WJTP".
  2. ^ "WJTP Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WJTP
  4. ^ "History cards of WJTP".
  5. ^ "WJTP Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.

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