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City of license New Castle, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh
Branding Fox Sports Radio 1280 WJST
Frequency 1280 kHz
First air date August 25, 1968 (as WBZY)
Format Oldies
Power 4,900 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 24997
Transmitter coordinates 40°57′14.00″N 80°19′5.00″W / 40.95389°N 80.31806°W / 40.95389; -80.31806
Callsign meaning previously used for the former WKST-FM, now WKPL; a mimick of sister station WKST
Former callsigns WKST, WBZY
Affiliations AP Radio, Jones Radio Network
Owner Forever Broadcasting, LLC

WJST (1280 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports radio format as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. Licensed to New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA, it serves the Pittsburgh area. The station is currently owned by Forever Broadcasting, LLC.




Beginnings as WBZY AM 1140

The history of the current WJST can be traced back to the late 1960's, when the station, as WBZY, made its debut as a competitor to well-established crosstown competitor WKST, which had already been on the air for thirty years at the time. One big difference between the two, however, was that WBZY, while operating as a strictly daytime-only operation, operated at a power of 5,000 watts from the time of its inception, while WKST operated at only a thousand at that time. WBZY at that time operated at the frequency of 1140 kHz, and had to sign-off at sundown in order to protect the clear channel WRVA, which also operated on this same frequency.

Move to 1200 kHz

In the early 1980s, WBZY was granted permission to move its frequency from 1140 to 1200 kHz. With the move came the addition of nighttime power, and the elimination of a directional antenna pattern operation during the daytime. However, the station would revert back to directional antenna operation at night, and was required to reduce its power to a thousand watts.

First Sale

In December 1986 WBZY was sold by Lawrence County Broadcasting Corp. to a partnership called WBZY Radio Sam (the "Sam" representing the surname initials of partners Samuel M. Shirey, William G. Andrews and Robert L. McCracken).

Second Sale and Move from 1200 to 1280

Andrews sold his share to the other two partners in 1991. WBZY was then sold to Jacor in April 1999 [1] for $800,000, and Jacor was purchased by Clear Channel Communications shortly thereafter.

Clear Channel, which also owned WKST, recognized the superiority of WBZY's signal to that of WKST, and switched the call signs in November 1999. The calls of WKST-FM were changed to WJST on October 10, 2000, and WKST-FM call sign was moved to Pittsburgh where it could be used with Clear Channel's KISS-FM brand.

Third Sale

In April 2004, Clear Channel announced the sale of WKST along with WBZY and to Forever Broadcasting for $2.85 million [2], while WJST-FM and Grove City-based WICT was sold to Keymarket Communications of Pittsburgh, best known for the Froggy country music brand.

On September 20, 2004, the WJST call sign was moved to 1280 AM. WJST-FM became WKPL, playing an oldies format under the name "Pickle 92.1" (WICT, which already was a country station as "95.1 The Cat", changed its call sign to WWGY and was converted to the Froggy format), while WJST 1280 temporarily continued the adult contemporary music format from WJST-FM as "Star 1280" instead of "Star 92.1", before itself converting to an oldies format (unrelated to WKPL) as "Just Oldies 1280".

WJST Today

In January 2009, the station switched to sports talk as an affiliate to Fox Sports Radio[1], joining fellow Fox Sports Radio station WBGG in Pittsburgh and going under the name "Fox Sports Radio 1280 WJST".


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1981 Broadcasting Yearbook

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