WSKN

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WSKN
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Broadcast area San Juan
Branding Radio Isla 1320
Slogan "Pégala Puerto Rico"
Frequency 1320 kHz
Format News
Power 5,000 watts day
2,300 watts night
Class B
Owner Media Power Group
Website radioisla1320.net

WSKN is a radio station on 1320 AM. WSKN serves San Juan, Puerto Rico and is owned by Media Power Group. The station carries a Spanish language news and talk format.

The callsign derives from their previous identification, Super Kadena Noticiosa, which was created on May 11, 1992, under the ownership of Radio Kadena Informativa Inc. The station was on frequency 630 AM. WUNO Notiuno bought them in 2000 and switched frequencies (Notiuno was on 1320 AM).

History[edit]

First years[edit]

The station's news director was Luis Penchi, a Ponce-born radio journalist with over 25 years of broadcast experience. Upon being hired by WSKN, he transferred his highly-rated Saturday-morning news programming from WIAC-AM, the Radio Puerto Rico network. The programming included a weekly political debate panel with former Senate President Kenneth McClintock, Senate PDP Minority Leader Jose Luis Dalmau and Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH) leader, Dr. Hector Pesquera, and the "Luis Penchi Entrevista" 90-minute news interview program.

During the week, Penchi attracted many of the islands' top political analysts to its programming, including attorneys Benny Frankie Cerezo, Carlos Gallisa and Ignacio Rivera, as well as businessman-turned-political-figure Adolfo Krans, the former First Spouse during his former wife Sila Calderón's gubernatorial administration.

As a result, the station has been able to attract many of Puerto Rico's political 'cognoscenti' to its audience.

Recent News[edit]

On December 1, 2009, Penchi resigned from the position of news director, and news reporter Julio Rivera Saniel was named to replace him. Rivera Saniel had previously worked at WKAQ 580, and still works on WAPA TV's weekends newscasts (Noticentro Sábado y Noticentro Domingo). On November 1, 2013 Jonathan Lebrón Ayala was named news director after Rivera Saniel resigned to the position he previously held from 2009.[1] Lebrón Ayala is a young news reporter that was the multimedia editor of Metro in Puerto Rico, a daily free newspaper owned by Metro International. Also has worked with WKAQ, a Univision Radio Puerto Rico station and with El Nuevo Dia a newspaper owned by the Ferré Rangel family. Rivera Saniel would stay in WSKN with two new shows and still works on WAPA-TV newscasts.[2]

Ownership[edit]

In June 2003, Media Power Group Inc. (Eduardo R. Albino, chairman) reached an agreement to purchase four AM radio stations in Puerto Rico, including WSKN, from Arso Radio Corp. (Jesus M. Soto, owner) for a reported $6.8 million.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cruz De la Cruz, Yari. "¡Mucho éxito!, Jonathan". www.metro.pr. Periodico Metro Puerto Rico. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Julio Rivera Saniel entra de lleno a Noticentro". Metro Puerto Rico. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2003-06-09. 

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