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Encyclopedia > WKPA
WGBN
Broadcast area New Kensington, Pennsylvania / Pittsburgh
Branding "Gospel 1150"
Slogan "Pittsburgh's Gospel Excellence"
First air date October 1940
Frequency 1150(kHz)
Format Gospel
ERP 1000 watts (directional Daytime) 70  watts (directional Night)
Callsign meaning Gospel Broadcasting Network
Owner Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation
Website http://pentecostaltemplechurch.org/about_wgbn.html


WGBN is a gospel music radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. The station, which is owned by Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation, broadcasts at 1150 kHz with an ERP of 1 kW-Daytime, 70 watts night, and is licensed to New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Owned and Operated by the Assistant to the Bishop Reverend Dr. Loran E. Mann, who is a former Pittsburgh radio and TV personality (primarily at WPXI-TV), and is still seen occasionally on Pittsburgh-based Cornerstone Television. New Kensington is a city located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, on the Allegheny river. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... Look up Slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the bottom waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... 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. ... In radio telecommunications, effective radiated power or ERP is determined by subtracting system losses from system gains. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... The watt (symbol: W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one joule per second. ... 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... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Gospel music may refer to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the first quarter of the twentieth century or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by predominately white Southern Gospel artists. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... New Kensington is a city located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, on the Allegheny river. ... WPXI-TV is the NBC television affiliate based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Cornerstone Television Network is a minor over-the-air television broadcast network in the United States. ...

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History

The station was once a Top 40 outlet, WKPA, and was a sister station to WYDD. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... WPGB is a Hot Talk outlet based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


WKPA was launched in 1940 as a typical, small-town radio station of its day. Local news, sports, and talk from the steel town of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 20 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The station began at 810 Fifth Avenue, New Kensington, on the second floor of a two-story building that also housed a music store on the ground floor. Cooper Brothers, the owners of the music store, also owned WKPA until they sold the station in the mid 1960s to Pittsburgh entrepreneur Nelson L. Goldberg. Goldberg, an innovator, pioneer and visionary in the telecommunications, developed the first cable system to be acquired by Comcast. Nelson L. Goldberg, the son of the late Edward and Fannie Menzer Goldberg, was a native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Arnold High and then Pennsylvania State University in 1956. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. New Kensington is a city located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, on the Allegheny river. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... Nelson L. Goldberg, an innovator, pioneer and visionary in the telecommunications, developed the first cable system to be acquired by Comcast. ... It has been suggested that University Park, Pennsylvania be merged into this article or section. ...


Born of humble beginnings in 1930, he led an extraordinary life that touched countless people. Goldberg’s career began in radio sales at WKPA-AM in New Kensington. In 1958, Goldberg became General Manager of WKPA and then purchased the station in 1961. Goldberg acquired WYDD-FM in 1963 and operated the radio stations for more than 25 years. WYDD was the first radio station to offer an all jazz format and Goldberg developed and promoted Jazz Horizons, Pittsburgh’s first jazz concert series that featured jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Nina Simone. Goldberg developed WEFB-TV (TV3) and Westmoreland Cable in 1968, one of the first cable franchises in western Pennsylvania. The cable system was later sold to Comcast Corporation. John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. ... Dave Brubeck in 1954 David Warren Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 in Concord, California), better known as Dave Brubeck, is a U.S. jazz pianist. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist. ...


Further establishing himself at the forefront of telecommunications and technology, Goldberg founded Mass Communications and Management and Total Communications Systems (TCS). TCS was at one point heralded as the largest independently owned television production company in the country. Among the company’s achievements were the first pay-per-view broadcast of a sporting event (a Penn State vs. Cincinnati football game); syndicated broadcasts of Penn State, Notre Dame and Big Ten football; the first nationally syndicated college football highlight show (The Penn State Story); in 1981, the introduction of the largest and most sophisticated mobile television facility in the industry that was used to televise hundreds of events, including Super Bowls and Olympic broadcasts. He also developed the Meadows Racing Network (now Ladbroke Racing Network). Goldberg’s experience in sports broadcasting also led to a secondary career in sports marketing and representation, working with former NFL players such as Tony Dorsett, Jimmy Cefalo, Terry Bradshaw, and Matt Bahr.


In the 1980’s, Goldberg was the first to privately own satellite transponders and perceptively anticipated the advent of commercial television satellite broadcasting. Throughout his career, he continuously broke ground in developing new kinds of broadcast programming and the manner in which they were transmitted.


Both stations were sold to California-based Salem Communications Corporation in the late 80's; the transaction was not completed until early 1990. When Salem assumed ownership, WKPA and WYDD (which by this time had become known as Top 40 rocker WNRJ) immediately underwent changes: WYDD switched from Top 40 to an easy listening format and the subsequent call letter change to WEZE-FM, with WKPA simulcasting WEZE's programming Monday through Friday, with existing weekend oldies and ethnic programming as its only original programming. WEZE-FM moved its studios to suburban Pittsburgh in the spring of 1991, leaving WKPA at its Fifth Avenue location, but continuing the simulcast. Later that year, Salem officials announced that WEZE-FM would drop its easy listening format for Christian Talk, the benchmark format for the other corporate-owned stations. As part of the change, WKPA would have to originate its own programming as part of the contract deals Salem had with its client ministries. Salem appointed a former WEZE-FM announcer, Ken Hawk (who at 21 would become one of the youngest radio executives in commercial radio history...Brian Mroziak at nearby WMBS, coincidentally, would later be another) to manage WKPA's operations. Under Hawk's direction, WKPA brought back a live adult contemporary morning show with local news and talk, plus a nationally syndicated talk format for weekday programming. The oldies and ethnic programming remained untouched. The rebirth of WKPA was successful but short-lived, with Salem spinning off WKPA to Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation in November 1992 to meet FCC ownership limits so that it could pursue acquisition of heritage Christian-formatted competitor WPIT-AM/FM. Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) is a Christian radio company operating in the United States, with 104 stations across the country, pending acquisitions, that are primarily concentrated in the nations biggest markets. ... WNRJ, also known as Energy 106. ... Ken Hawk is an American radio and television personality and radio executive, known best in western Pennsylvania. ... WMBS is an AM radio station which broadcasts in the Western Pennsylvania area originating in Uniontown. ... 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... WPIT is a hybrid conservative talk/religious radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Born Again: WGBN Gospel 1150

Salem donated WKPA to PTDC as a gift to the East Liberty-based church headed by pastor (and WPXI-TV field reporter) Dr. D. Loran Mann, who changed the format to Black Gospel and the station's call letters to WGBN, the call letters to stand for the Gospel Broadcasting Network. The station made history as the first full-time gospel-formatted station in the Pittsburgh market (others followed with little success) and remains so today. Stacy Taylor, The Minister of Music, has hosted the morning show since the station's inception in 1992, and the remainder of the programming is made up of sermons from Pentecostal Temple, and music is provided by ABC Radio's "Rejoice!" format. WPXI Channel 11 is the NBC television affiliate based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Changes

WGBN today broadcasts from studios on Seventh Street in downtown New Kensington. The station was forced to abandon its original location at the Cooper Brothers building after the roof over its studios collapsed in 1994. The station then moved one block over to 955 Fourth Avenue, where it occupied the second floor, but the station would only be there for a year.


In 1995, a fire gutted out both WGBN and the computer business that occupied the ground floor of the building both were housed in. Though WGBN's losses were covered by insurance, it would be more than six months until the station was able to return to the air from its new location at 560 Seventh Street, where it remains today.


Famous Voices

Among the talent that has roamed in and out of WKPA through the years includes Bob Livorio, Jeff Allen, Charlie Apple, Alex Mellon, Porky Chedwick, Sean Israel, Joe Fenn, Jim DeCesare, Ford Shankle, Kelly Pidgeon and George Hart. Charlie C.A. Apple (born 1941 - Penn Hills, Pennsylvania) is a veteran R&B and oldies radio disc jockey from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


External links

  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WGBN
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By Callsign: KDKA | KQV | WAMO | WASP | WAVL | WBCW | WBGG | WBUT | WCNS | WCVI | WGBN | WBVP | WEAE | WEDO | WFGI | WISR | WKHB | WKFB | WJAS | WJPA | WKZV | WMBA | WMBS | WWNL | WPGR | WPIT | WPTT | WPYT | WURP | WWCS | WZUM 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... KDKA is a U.S. class A clear channel AM radio station located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that operates on 1020 kHz. ... KQV is a all-news radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... AM 860, WAMO is an Urban Oldies radio station specializing in R&B, soul music, gospel, and talk programming to Pittsburghs African-American community. ... WAVL (Praise 910), is a Christian Top 40 outlet serving the Pittsburgh area. ... WBCW was an AM radio station at 1530 on the dial licensed to Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA. The station later adopted the call letters WKTW. In early 2004, the station changed frequency to 770 and became WKFB. ... WBGG is a sports radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... WBUT is a commercial AM radio station, licensed to Butler, Pennsylvania. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... WBVP and WMBA is a news/talk simulcast that officially covers Beaver County, Pennsylvania but can also be heard in the western part of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. ... WEAE-AM is a sports talk station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WEDO (AM 81) is a multicultural outlet serving the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WOGI, Froggy 98 FM, is a Country music outlet serving the Pittsburgh area. ... WISR is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Butler, Pennsylvania. ... WKHB is an AM radio station licensed to Irwin, Pennsylvania, which serves the greater Pittsburgh area. ... WKFB is an AM radio station, licensed to Jeannette, Pennsylvania, which serves the greater Pittsburgh area. ... WJAS is a adult standards radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WJPA is an oldies simulcast on both the AM and FM bands. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... WBVP and WMBA is a news/talk simulcast that officially covers Beaver County, Pennsylvania but can also be heard in the western part of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. ... WMBS is an AM radio station which broadcasts in the Western Pennsylvania area originating in Uniontown. ... WWNL is a Christian radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WPGR is a Black Gospel music outlet serving the Pittsburgh area. ... WPIT is a hybrid conservative talk/religious radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... WPTT (1360) is a talk radio station that serves the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. ... WPYT is a new talk radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. ... WURP (1550 The Edge) is a talk radio station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. ... WWCS is a Radio Disney station serving the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania market. ... WZUM (1590 AM) is a radio station in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. ...


See also: Pittsburgh (FM) (AM)

See also: List of AM stations in Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Radio Markets

Allentown | Altoona | Erie | Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon (FM) (AM) | Indiana | Johnstown | Lancaster (FM) (AM) | Meadville-Franklin | Philadelphia (FM) (AM) | Pittsburgh (FM) (AM) | Reading | State College | Sunbury-Selinsgrove-Lewisburg | Wilkes Barre-Scranton | Williamsport | York (FM) (AM) This is a list of Pittsburgh AM stations. ...

See also: List of radio stations in Pennsylvania and List of United States radio markets

 
 

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