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WPHT
Broadcast area Philadelphia, PA
Branding "The Big Talker"
First air date May, 1922
Frequency 1210 (kHz)
Format Political Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning PHiladelphia's Talk
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations KYW, WIP, WOGL, WYSP
part of CBS Corp. cluster with KYW-TV and WPSG
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.thebigtalker1210.com

WPHT is a CBS Radio station located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania broadcasting on 1210 kHz. The station broadcasts with 50 kw power omnidirectionally, and uses the nickname " The Big Talker 1210." The station is owned by CBS Radio. Its transmitter is located in Moorestown Township, New Jersey. WPHT's studios are located at 2 Bala Plaza in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Image File history File links Wpht_logo. ... This article refers to the largest city of Pennsylvania. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... 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. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... 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 the list of broadcast station classes. ... 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... CBS Radio Inc. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... KYW is a class A AM radio station on 1060 kHz licensed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... WIP is a Philadelphia radio station with an all-sports format. ... 98. ... WYSP is a talk radio/rock station known on-air as Free FM 94-1 WYSP that broadcasts on the 94. ... KYW-TV, channel 3, is a television station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, owned by the CBS Corporation and affiliated with the CBS Television Network. ... WPSG, channel 57, is the CW-affiliated television station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... A webcast is a live media file distibuted over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... 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... CBS Radio Inc. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... Moorestown Township highlighted in Burlington County. ... Bala Cynwyd is a village in Lower Merion Township which is located in the Main Line in southeastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. ...


History

The station first began broadcasting in May 1922 as WCAU, a 250-watt station operating out of electrician William Durham's home on 19th and Market Streets. It is Philadelphia's third-oldest radio station, having signed on two months after WIP and WFIL. In 1924, WCAU was sold to law partners Ike Levy and Daniel Murphy. Murphy later bowed out in favor of Ike's brother, Leon. Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... WIP is a Philadelphia radio station with an all-sports format. ... WFIL is the name of a radio station, and also the former name of a television station, serving the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The station began its long association with CBS in 1927, when it was one of 16 charter affiliates of a network called the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System. The network struggled to find advertisers, however, and wa Paley bought the network with $500,000 of his family's money and renamed it the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1933, WCAU moved to a new studio on Chestnut Street, the first building in the country designed for a radio station. A series of power increases brought the station to 50,000 watts, allowing it to cover most of the eastern half of North America at night. The Levy brothers eventually became major stockholders in CBS, and were members of the network's board for many years. Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


The Levys agreed to sell WCAU-AM-FM to the Philadelphia Record in 1946. However, the Record folded shortly thereafter, and its "goodwill"—including the rights to buy WCAU-AM-FM—passed to the Philadelphia Bulletin, which already owned WPEN-AM-FM, and had secured a construction permit for WPEN-TV (channel 10). In a complex deal, the Bulletin sold off WPEN-AM and WCAU-FM, while changing WPEN-FM's calls to WCAU-FM and WPEN-TV's calls to WCAU-TV. The Levys continued to run the stations while serving as consultants to the Bulletin, and it was largely due to their influence that WCAU-TV took to the air on May 23, 1948 as a CBS affiliate. The stations moved to a new studio in Bala Cynwyd in 1952. Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Evening Bulletin is the name of two Philadelphia, Pennsylvania newspapers. ... WCAU (NBC10) is a NBC owned and operated station serving the Delaware Valley area, owned by NBC-Universal, with its transmitter in Roxborough. ... is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bala Cynwyd is a village in Lower Merion Township which is located in the Main Line in southeastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In 1957, the Bulletin sold WCAU-AM-FM-TV to CBS. This came because the Bulletin had recently bought WGBI-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania and changed its calls to WDAU-TV to complement WCAU. However, the two television stations' signals overlapped so much that it constituted a duopoly under FCC rules of the time. CBS had to get a waiver to keep its new Philadelphia cluster, however. In addition to significant overlap of the television stations' grade B signals, the FCC normally did not allow common ownership of clear channel stations with overlapping nighttime signals. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The City of Scranton is the county seat of Lackawanna CountyGR6 in Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 76,415 (2003 estimate: 74,320). ... A true duopoly is a form of oligopoly where only two producers exist in a market. ... 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... Clear channel stations are AM radio stations that are designated as such so that only one or two 50,000 watt powerhouses operate at night on each designated frequency, covering a wide area via sky wave propagation. ...


In the 1960s, WCAU gradually began moving away from music programming; by 1967 it had become a talk station with considerable strengths in news and sports (all of Philadelphia's major professional sports teams had WCAU as their flagship radio station at one time or another). Although the station's ratings were good, in the mid-1970s CBS made a corporate decision to move WCAU to an all-news format. The station never caught up to established all-news outlet KYW-AM, and by 1980 was making moves to reclaim its heritage as a talk and sports leader. However, FM talk station WWDB had established itself as a strong competitor, and WCAU struggled for years to attract listeners and establish a consistent image. KYW is a class A AM radio station on 1060 kHz licensed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... WRDW-FM, also known as Wired 96. ...


On August 15, 1990 CBS abruptly changed the WCAU-AM call letters to WOGL-AM after 68 years and dropped the talk format in favor of oldies. In 1993, it began running sports talk after 7 PM. The station went all-sports as WGMP (The Game) on March 18, 1994. However, once again 1210 was taking on an entrenched competitor—this time WIP—and WGMP's largely syndicated program lineup won few listeners away from WIP's heavily local schedule. is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


A year later, CBS merged with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, thus making 1210 AM a sister station to its ancient rival, KYW. Realizing that WGMP would never be able to compete against WIP, CBS began phasing out the sports talk shows in the summer of 1996. Finally, on August 23, 1210 AM went all-talk once again as WPTS (We're Philadelphia's Talk Station). The calls changed again less than a month later to the current WPHT. Ironically, only a year later, WIP became a sister station to WPHT when CBS bought its owner, Infinity Broadcasting. Westinghouse logo (designed by Paul Rand) The Westinghouse Electric Company, headquartered in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is an organization founded by George Westinghouse in 1886. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Format

Today, WPHT is a mostly political talk station with a right wing-leaning slant, even though Philadelphia has been a Democratic stronghold for half a century. In addition to local on-air personalities Michael Smerconish, Dom Giordano, and Anthony Mazzarelli, the station also serves as Philadelphia's broadcast outlet for the Glenn Beck (whose show was based at WPHT until 2006), Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity shows. The station also broadcasts replays of Bill O'Reilly's radio show and features Coast to Coast AM overnight. In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Michael Smerconish (born 1962) is a Philadelphia-based radio host who can be heard on WPHT 1210 AM from 5:30 AM until 9AM, Monday through Friday. ... Glenn Beck (born February 10, 1964) is a talk-radio and television host. ... Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host and political commentator. ... Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, a co-host of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, the host of the Fox News weekend program Hannitys America, and the author of two books. ... It has been suggested that Bill OReilly political beliefs and points of view be merged into this article or section. ... Coast to Coast AM is a late-night syndicated radio talk show in the United States which deals with a variety of topics, but most frequently ones that relate either to the paranormal, or to alleged conspiracies. ...


1210 also broadcasts all Phillies baseball games, Temple Owls football and men's and women's basketball games. The station also airs Sid Mark's Fridays with Frank from 6-8 PM ET every Friday, Sounds Of Sinatra Every Saturday from 8-10 PM ET and Sunday with Sinatra Sundays 8am-1pm ET and Mr Movie Steve Friedman from 12 AM-2 AM every Sunday. Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz-oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ...


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DelcoTimes - WPHT's Smerconish is a reason to turn on the radio (1329 words)
Smerconish is host of a WPHT (1210 AM) talk show that airs from 5 to 7 p.m.
As a selector of topics, as a moderator, as a thinker, and as a conversationalist, he is one of the most balanced and enjoyable personalities to ever be heard on local talk radio.
In general, Smerconish's show, like that hosted by Rollye James on WPHT from 10 p.m.
WPHT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (934 words)
WPHT AM is a clear channel radio station located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania broadcasting on 1210 kHz.
WPHT's studios are located at 2 Bala Plaza in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
In addition to local on-air personalities Michael Smerconish, Dom Giordano, Suzanne Lafrankie and Anthony Mazzarelli, the station also serves as Philadelphia's broadcast outlet for the Glenn Beck (whose show was based at WPHT until 2006), Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity shows.
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