WJTP

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WJTP
City Lithia Springs, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metro area
Frequency 890 kHz (AM)
First air date April 15, 1959[1]
Format simulcast of China Radio International
Power 5,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 2464
Transmitter coordinates 33°45′39.00″N 84°28′42.00″W / 33.7608333°N 84.4783333°W / 33.7608333; -84.4783333
Former callsigns WGOG (1959-2002)
WSSW (2002)
WSMW (2002-2003)
WWOF (2003-2008)
Former frequencies 1460 kHz (1959-1965)
1000 kHz (1965-2008)
Affiliations China Radio International
Owner James Su
(Major Radio, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live

WJTP is an AM radio station broadcasting on a frequency of 890 kHz with 5,000 watts of power during daytime hours only. The station is licensed to Lithia Springs, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Its signal is transmitted from a facility closer to the city of Atlanta, Georgia as it shares the broadcast towers of WAOK AM 1380 near the western interchange of Interstate 20 and Interstate 285. The station is currently owned by James Su.[2]

Because WJTP shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WLS AM 890 in Chicago, Illinois, this station only broadcasts during the daytime hours.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

WJTP was established on April 15, 1959, as WGOG, broadcasting from Walhalla, South Carolina at 1460 kHz.[3] 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. Ms. Griffith would establish WGOG-FM in 1991.

On April 1, 2002, WGOG was sold to Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting, changing its callsign 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.[4] 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.

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