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WJAS
City of license Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding WJAS 1320
Frequency 1320 kHz
First air date August 4, 1922
Format Adult Standards
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 55705
Owner Renda Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.1320wjas.com

WJAS is an adult standards radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by Renda Broadcasting, and broadcasts at 1320 kHz with a power level of 5,000 watts.

History

WJAS, which is one of Pittsburgh's five original AM stations, first signed on the air on August 4, 1922 and was a NBC owned-and-operated station by the 1960s. In 1973, they became extremely popular with a new format as top 40 WKPQ, later WKTQ "13Q", under new owners Heftel Communications. A promotion was run where listeners would win prizes if they were randomly telephoned and answered with "I listen to the new sound of 13Q" (instead of "hello"). Although this was the highest-rated format ever to appear on 1320, ranking second in the ratings to KDKA, it did not last due to the audience's move to FM radio. By 1977, 13Q's fortunes were fading, and Heftel sold the station to Nationwide Communications, who tried adult contemporary, which failed as well. Nationwide later sold the station to Beni Broadcasting, who switched the station to its current adult standards format and brought back the WJAS call letters in 1981,Beni eventually sold WJAS to Renda Broadcasting.

WJAS features two personalities with a long and storied history in Pittsburgh media: Jack Bogut & Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille. Other top personalities include the versatile Chris Shovlin, winner of three Pittsburgh March of Dimes A.I.R. Awards for Best Sports Play-by-play and traffic reporter and sidekick Carol Finelli.

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