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Encyclopedia > WJPA
City of license Washington, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh metropolitan area
Branding 95.3 WJPA
Slogan "Oldies with an Attitude!"
First air date 1941
Frequency 95.3 MHz; 1450 kHz
Format Oldies
Power 2,150 watts FM; 1,000 watts AM
Class FM: A; AM: C
Callsign meaning Washington & Jefferson PennsylvaniA
Affiliations CNN, Radio PA
Owner Washington Broadcasting Company
Website [1]

WJPA is an oldies simulcast on both the AM and FM bands. Officially, it serves Washington County, Pennsylvania, but can also be heard in parts of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The stations, which are owned by Washington Broadcasting Company, operate at 1450 kHz with an ERP of 1 kW-Unlimited on the AM band, and at 95.3 MHz with an ERP of 2.15 kW on the FM band. Both stations are licensed to Washington, Pennsylvania. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... Washington is a city in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The Pittsburgh metropolitan area is the U.S. Census-defined seven county region surrounding the city of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania, United States. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Amplitude modulation (AM) is a technique used in electronic communication, most commonly for transmitting information via a radio carrier wave. ... In telecommunications, frequency modulation (FM) conveys information over a carrier wave by varying its frequency. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Pittsburgh skyline The Allegheny County Courthouse Allegheny County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... Washington is a city in Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. ...

Though, in general, broadcast focuses on oldies, WJPA is also known for its wide sports coverage. WJPA regularly broadcasts games of the Washington & Jefferson College football team, minor league baseball team the Washington Wild Things and even area high school wrestling matches. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, in the town of Washington, Pennsylvania. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Minor League Baseball. ... The Washington Wild Things are a minor league baseball team which plays in Washington, Pennsylvania. ...


WJPA AM and FM both debuted in 1941. This was back in the day when holders of AM licenses were also granted an FM license as well. WJPA-FM was originally assigned the frequency of 104.6 mHz (back when FM channels were assigned even "point" numbers), but the license was turned back in to the FCC after it failed to make any kind of impact financially, as there were few home receivers and virtually no car receivers to receive FM transmissions. A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City...

WJPA was started by a consortium of business owners in downtown Washington. One of the owners, Dr. Sherman Siegel, eventually bought out the interests of the other owner principals over time, eventually controlling the station by the 1970's. It was during this time that WJPA would experience its most rapid growth.

After FM radio started gaining momentum in the 1970's, Washington Broadcasting Company decided to give FM radio another try. The company successfully applied for an FM license, and was granted the application to operate on 95.3 FM in 1978. In the summer of 1979, the new rock-formatted station, WYTK-FM, signed on the air, with a combination of both live and voice-tracked automated personalities.

In 1983, WYTK moved to a contemporary country format, billing itself as "K Country 95.3". Again an automated station, this format would remain until the early 1990's, when ownership decided to simulcast the two stations, billing it as "The New Sound of Oldies", referring to the addition of then-new CD technology and a deeper music library than Pittsburgh-based competitor WWSW. This format continues today and has been the most successful for both stations. WJPA-AM does break for separate programming occasionally, such as Sunday morning church broadcasts, high school sports, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. WWSW-FM (3WS), is an oldies radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

WJPA Today

The WJPA broadcast facilities are located at the corner of Main St. and East Wheeling St. across from the Observer-Reporter newspaper offices. Both stations transmit from a self-supporting tower at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 79, just north of Washington. The Observer-Reporter is a daily newspaper covering Washington and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania, with some overlap into the South Hills of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. ...

WJPA has a reputation for its tenured on-air staff. Pete "I've Got the Beat" Povich (personally nicknamed by Go-Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle) is the longest tenured DJ at WJPA, having worked there since 1983. Margie Konstantine, who met Pete while students at California University of Pennsylvania, joined the following year. News Director Jim Jefferson and Sports Director Bob Gregg have been part of the stations for more than three decades. Dr. Sherman's Siegel's son Michael has served as President and General Manager for the past 20 years. The Go-Gos are an all-women band. ... Belinda Carlisle, born Belinda Jo Carlisle (also known as Belinda Kurczeski); on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California, is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the all-female rock & roll band The Go-Gos and also a successful solo artist. ...


  • Pete "I've Got the Beat" Povich - mornings
  • Margie Konstantine - middays
  • Dale Allen - afternoons
  • Mark Jacobs - evenings
  • Jim Jefferson - news director/morning news anchor
  • Tony DiPalma - afternoon news anchor
  • Bill DiFabio - morning sports anchor
  • Bob Gregg - sports director

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