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WZPT
City of license New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding The New Star 100.7
Slogan Pittsburgh's Best Variety
Frequency 100.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
100.7 HD-2 for New Hot AC Releases
Format Hot AC
ERP 14,500 watts
HAAT 280 meters
Class B
Facility ID 20351
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KDKA, KDKA-FM, WDSY-FM
part of CBS Corp. cluster with TV stations KDKA-TV & WPCW
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.1007.com

WZPT (Star 100.7), is an Hot Adult Contemporary radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. Owned by CBS Radio, the station operates at 100.7 MHz with an ERP of 14.5 kW, and is licensed to New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Its transmitter is located in Pittsburgh.

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Beginnings as WPGH-FM

The station originally signed on the air back in 1963 as WPGH-FM, and with a power of 20,000 watts. In 1967 another FM license was dropped in Pittsburgh at 104.7. The WPGH calls went to 104.7 (and are currently still in the city on TV 53, the local Fox affiliate), and the station at 100.7 became known as WNUF. They had tried to get the callsign WFUN, but since it was already assigned to another station, they settled for "fun" backwards, hence the WNUF callsign.

For most of its early years, WNUF operated from downtown Millvale, about 12 miles south of its city of license. WNUF's offices were co-located with a weekly buy-sell-trade publication called The Green Sheet, both of which were owned by Milton Hammond. The station became famous for its format of Big Band music, WNUF did broadcast in stereo;however, since much of the Big Band music it played was recorded before the advent of stereo, many of the recordings were actually a form of "simulated" stereo or electronically re-recorded to stimulate stereo.

Some of the announcers during the days when Hammond owned the station were: Tal Weimer, Bill Trushel, Darrel Deiter, and Christian Muro.

Prior to their flip to the current format in 2000, WZPT's previous formats included '70s, country, rhythmic top 40, modern rock (Pittsburgh's first station with this format, but it only lasted two years), and big bands.

WZPT Today

The current format of WZPT, or Star 100.7 as it is now called, is the Hot AC format. They claim to be Pittsburgh's "Best Variety of the 80's, 90's and Today." One of their more popular music features was "Flashback Friday," consisting of mostly 80s and some 90s music. The rest of the week, Star 100.7 plays a blend of music from contemporary artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Staind and Kelly Clarkson. They also play 90's artists like: The Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, and Dave Matthews. Their jock line-up consist of: The Star Morning Show with JR, Bubba, & Shelley,Scott Alexander, Shawn Israel, Zack Williams, Melanie Taylor, and Late Night with Lance & Gates from 2am-6am.

Despite airing more of a mix of current music with 80's and 90's, WZPT's format was similar to that of sister station WBZW-FM (B94). In fact, after that station initially dropped the Top 40 format for K-Rock in 2004, listeners who liked B94 but didn't care for the new rock format were encouraged on-air to go listen to WZPT. On January 19th, 2010, due to the B94 format changing yet again this time to KDKA-FM ("93.7 The Fan"), a sports talk format, Star has announced that they have merged with B94 to bring B94's music onto Star for the listeners to continue to enjoy.[1]

Past DJs

  • John Kline (now at the new Q92.9 morning show)
  • Kerri Griffith (also at Q92.9 morning show)

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