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WKFB
City of license Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding 770 KFB
Slogan We Are Oldies Proud
Frequency 770 (kHz)
First air date January 28, 1974
Format Oldies, Talk
Power 750 Watts (Daytime)
250 Watts (Critical hours)
Class D
Owner Broadcast Communications, Inc.
Website none

WKFB is an AM radio station, licensed to Jeannette, Pennsylvania, which serves the greater Pittsburgh area. Known as 770 KFB, the station operates with 750 watts, and airs a mix of health talk and paid programming, with oldies at various times throughout the day and on weekends. The radio station is home to several Pittsburgh oldies personalities, including "Caveman" Ralph, Frankie Day, "DJ George" and "Suzie Q".

WKFB is co-owned with WKHB (620), also near Pittsburgh.

In late 2005, veteran Pittsburgh radio personality/programmer Clarke Ingram was named Program Director of WKFB and WKHB, and was promoted to Operations Manager in August 2006. In January 2006, WKFB announced the arrival of legendary Pittsburgh oldies DJ Porky Chedwick for a regular weekend program (he was not an employee, but was operating under a brokered-time agreement.) Chedwick left the station in 2008 to move to Florida, but has since made occasional appearances on Saturdays with both "DJ George" and "Suzie Q".

Because WKFB shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WABC-AM in New York City; it broadcasts only during daytime hours.

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History

For many years this station was WBCW (1530), and for a brief period, WKTW. The station originally operated at 1530 kHz with a daytime-only power of 1,000 watts, with 250 watts during critical hours; barely reaching the fringes of Westmoreland County. WBCW was founded by broadcast engineer Albert Calisti, who first put it on the air back in 1974, having completed an eight-year stint as general manager of competitor WTRA (now WCNS).

Very much a family business, Calisti did the engineering and hosted a provocative and often amusing local talk show, his wife Verna kept the books and sold airtime, and their daughter Jacqueline Rae served as program director. The station only had one employee outside of the Calisti family: Clair Thomas, who served as the station's news director.

The Calistis maintained ownership of the station with a primary local and syndicated talk format until 1996, when they sold it to Broadcast Communications, which had just acquired then-Greensburg-based WHJB AM 620. Sadly, Al Calisti died of cancer seven years later.

Under the new ownership, the station moved from its original location at 111 South Fourth Street in Jeannette to WHJB's building at 245 Brown Street in Greensburg. A frequency change to 770 was made in early 2004, giving the station much better coverage of the Pittsburgh market and the ability to do so at a lower power, allowing the station to reach as far north as eastern Armstrong County. The call letters WKFB were selected to be similar to sister station WKHB, with which it shares a number of programs.

On-Air Personalities and Programs

The station's recent history includes Frankie Day, a North Versailles, Pennsylvania businessman who has leased up to forty hours of air time per week for various oldies programs since Spring 2005. "The Morning Memory Show" has been broadcast during weekday morning drive time since April 2006, originally featuring "Caveman" Ralph and Frankie Day. Recently they were joined by Dale Jones and Glenn Raymer. In May 2009, Caveman decided to cut back on his air time and concentrate on his Saturday morning show. Glenn Raymer replaced him full time on the morning show with Frankie starting on June 1st of that year.

"DJ George" Lambl's popular "Oldies Oasis Show" is a mainstay on weekend afternoons, airing at 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Frankie and George also hosted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame disc jockey Porky Chedwick on their Saturday afternoon shows in 2006. Porky still occasionally guests hosts George's show on WKFB.

Other time periods are filled by automated music and alternative-health programs similar to those heard on sister station WKHB. Weekends are full of ethnic and religious programs, as well as oldies most of Saturday and for a few hours on Sundays. Saturday oldies shows feature "Caveman" Ralph, "Suzie Q", Frankie Day with Dale Jones and "DJ George". Both Frankie Day and "DJ George" appear on Sunday's schedule.

"DJ George" Lambl hosts the popular and eclectic "Oldies Oasis Show" at 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays along with a Wednesday evening (5 pm) drive-time show. A veteran disc jockey, George's first commercial radio assignment was at WSHE FM/WSRF AM in Ft. Lauderdale Florida in the early 70s. An electrical engineer by education, "DJ George" Lambl also has extensive experience as a mobile and nightclub disc jockey, commercial sound and video systems designer, and is credited with several patents including one for musical beat detection and counting (1979).

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