WLAD

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WLAD
WLAD-AM news radio logo.jpg
CityDanbury, Connecticut
Broadcast areaDanbury, Connecticut
BrandingNews, Talk, Sports 94.1 FM and 800 AM WLAD
Frequency800 kHz C-QUAM AM Stereo
Translator(s)94.1 W231DJ (Danbury)
First air dateOctober 5, 1947
FormatNews/Talk
Language(s)English
Power1,000 watts (day)
286 watts (night)
ClassB
Facility ID65456
Transmitter coordinates41°22′27″N 73°26′47″W / 41.37417°N 73.44639°W / 41.37417; -73.44639
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Westwood One Network
Fox News Radio
OwnerThe Berkshire Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stationsWAXB, WDAQ
Websitewlad.com

WLAD (800 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Danbury, Connecticut. It broadcasts a talk format.[1] WLAD is owned by Berkshire Broadcasting. The studios and offices are on Mill Plain Road in Danbury. The transmitter is off Brushy Hill Road, also in Danbury.[2]

WLAD airs a local morning news and information show on weekdays, hosted by Dave Rinelli and Bart Busterna, with newscaster Jillian Morrow. They are followed by nationally syndicated talk shows the rest of the day, including Brian Kilmeade, Rush Limbaugh, Todd Schnitt, Dave Ramsey, Jim Bohannon and America in The Morning.[3] WLAD also broadcasts Boston Red Sox baseball games.

WLAD operates at 1,000 watts using a non-directional antenna; but because 800 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Mexico, WLAD must reduce power at night to 286 watts. In early 2017, WLAD began simulcasting on an FM translator, W231DJ at 94.1 MHz.[4]

History[edit]

WLAD first signed on the air on October 5, 1947.[5] At first, the station broadcast with only 250 watts of power as a daytime-only station.[6] It later increased its power to 1,000 watts by day, but it took until the 1990s for it to get nighttime authorization. In 1953, the station signed on an FM sister station, 98.3 WLAD-FM, which is today WDAQ. For most of its history, WLAD broadcast a full service middle of the road music format, but in the 1990s, it shifted to its current talk radio format.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com
  3. ^ http://www.wlad.com/
  4. ^ FCC.gov
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-35
  6. ^ "WLAD at Danbury, Conn., 250-w Daytimer, Starts" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 27, 1947. Retrieved 17 October 2014.

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