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1280 AM The Patriot (WWTC)
Logo for The Patriot
Broadcast area Minneapolis-St. Paul
First air date 1925
Frequency 1280 kHz AM
Format Talk radio
Owner Salem Communications

WWTC (1280 AM, "The Patriot") is a long-standing radio station serving the Twin Cities region. Despite its issues, the station spawned two of the area's major television stations and had some very innovative and unusual periods in its history. Today it is owned by Salem Communications and broadcasts a conservative talk radio format. In fact, the stations success led Salem to change the format of KYCR 1570 AM, known as "The Patriot II", which carries more material along the same lines. Image File history File links WWTC_logo. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the lower 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). ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... 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. ... 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. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... 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. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ...

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Early history

The station began as WRHM in 1925, and was part of NBC's Blue Network. It was purchased in 1935 by Twin Cities Newspapers, a company representing the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Tribune, and changed its call letters to WTCN at that time. The station remained an NBC Blue station through the network's selloff, becoming an American Broadcasting Company (ABC) affiliate in the 1940s. 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The St. ... The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... In radio (including television), a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for amateur, broadcast, and sometimes military radio use, as well as for broadcast television. ... This article is about the American network, for the Australian network, see Australian Broadcasting Corporation The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


The station had an experimental frequency modulation transmitter by 1939. W9XTC at 26.05 MHz operated for several years, but by 1944 was only being activated intermittently. Area station KSTP-AM also experimented with the medium around this time, as did WCCO. When used in supervisory signaling in telephony, the term frequency-change signaling has been used to describe frequency modulation. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Entrance to the KSTP studios on University Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota KSTP-AM 1500 is one of the two clear channel broadcasters in the Twin Cities (the other is WCCO), with studios in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ...


WTCN-TV began broadcasting on channel 4 on July 1, 1949, becoming the second modern station in the state after KSTP-TV took to the air a year earlier. However, WTCN's owners decided to sell the stations, and the TV station was sold to WCCO radio on August 17, 1952 and soon changed its call letters. This TV station switched to the CBS affiliaton of its parent company. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... CBS (formerly an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ...


WTCN-AM's new owners quickly applied for a new license for channel 11, but had to negotiate with WMIN for the frequency. The two stations arranged to share the broadcast day, alternating every two hours. This became the area's third station, and kept the WTCN call sign until 1985 when it became known as WUSA. The TV station was merged and sold to the H.M. Bitner Group in 1955 and eventually was owned by Metromedia for many years. Gannett is the current owner. WTCN-TV had no network affiliation for many years, but picked up the NBC affiliation in 1979 during a marketwide affiliate switch. The station is now known as KARE. Prior to the station's current studio location in Golden Valley, its studios were in the Calhoun Beach Hotel on Lake Street. KLBB (1400 AM) and KLBP (1470 AM) are two radio stations in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota that simulcast a big band, swing, and jazz music format. ... This article is about the year. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a conglomeration of radio and television stations in the United States that existed from the demise of the DuMont Television Network in the 1950s until the formation of the Fox Network in the 1980s. ... Gannett Company, Inc. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... KARE (or commonly KARE-11) is a broadcast television station serving the Twin Cities market of Minnesota and western Wisconsin in the United States, with studios located in the suburb of Golden Valley. ...


Golden Rock

The AM station, which was twice located in the Wesley Temple office building in downtown Minneapolis on East Grant Street, immediately next to Wesley Church, and also on 2nd Avenue a few doors down from WCCO-AM, eventually changed its call sign to WWTC. It had a number of formats, including the distinction of being the Twin Cities' first all-news radio station, when it adopted the format in the mid-late '70s. In 1979, WWTC switched to an oldies format known as the "Golden Rock" and achieved its highest ratings in years. With a number of quirky DJs such as "Ugly Del" Roberts and Steve "Boogie" Bowman, the station managed to win an audience in spite of management screw-ups left and right. During its days as the "Golden Rock," WWTC might have been the only Twin Cities station with an attorney on staff moonlighting as a disk jockey. Paul Bergstrom, who practiced law by day in St. Paul, worked a late-night shift for a time in the late '80s under the name Max Adams (the name was derived from those of his two young children). Because of his extensive knowledge of the format's music, Bergstrom was originally brought in by a friend on staff to help build the station's music library. Oldies is a generic term commonly used in the United States and Canada to describe a radio format that concentrates on popular Top 40 music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


Following a collapse after a few years, the station went through a long string of format changes (including one stint as a progressive music format the station called 'Metro Music' from 1984 to 1985; during this time, WWTC's format consisted of alt-rock, urban contemporary and an emphasis on locally-produced music). 1280 later flew the call sign KSNE briefly when the format switched to smooth jazz/new age music. The call letters stood for "Sunny," and were retained when the station changed to an ill-fated automated "all-weather" format in late 1985 or in 1986. The weather format didn't last long and after the bad weather passed, the station became known as "The Breeze," an early and more diverse form of what is now known as "Smooth Jazz." 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, popular and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it has become highly successful as a radio format; one can tune... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, popular and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it has become highly successful as a radio format; one can tune...


Radio Aahs

In the early 1990s, the station reclaimed the WWTC call sign and became known as "Radio Aahs" and transitioned to an unusual format: made by children for children. This also provided a modicum of stability for a while, and the station became the flagship of Children's Broadcasting Corporation. Children's Broadcasting eventually came to own several radio outlets and had its content reach a network of 29 stations across the United States (Aahs World Radio) by about 1996. Disney was working with the station around this time as a marketing partner, and ABC co-opted the format, launching Radio Disney. KQRS's 1440 AM signal was renamed to KDIZ. WWTC could no longer compete, and the format was discontinued in 1998. See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from 2000 and 2001. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... This article is about the American network, for the Australian network, see Australian Broadcasting Corporation The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... Radio Disney is a radio network based in Dallas, Texas in the United States broadcasting music and other content targeted at children. ... KQRS Billboard KQRS (92. ... KQRS (92. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Beat Radio and beyond

For a short period, the network became known as "Beat Radio," hosted by area programmer and DJ Alan Freed. Freed, in addition to having worked at WWTC during its "Golden Rock" era and during the station's "MetroRadio" period in the mid '80s, had previously set up a pirate radio station in downtown Minneapolis broadcasting dance music from his apartment on 97.7 FM. Beat Radio garnered a positive response from the public but was shut down by the FCC after operating at 20 watts for a few months. Freed played electronic dance music across ten of Children's Broadcasting's stations between the shutdown of Radio Aahs in February and the final approval of a buyout of WWTC in October by a company planning to run a syndicated service called "Catholic Family Radio". In 2004, he joined XM Satellite Radio to program three of its dance channels. Beat Radio was a pirate radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota that played dance music. ... The term pirate radio lacks a specific universal interpretation. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Location Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... Beat Radio was a pirate radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota that played dance music. ... Electronic music is a loose term for music created using electronic equipment. ... XM Satellite Radio Holdings (XM) NASDAQ: XMSR is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States and Canada. ...


The Patriot

The 2000s decade brought the station's newest — and current — incarnation, "The Patriot." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The "Patriot" branding was a product of the station's current owner, Salem Communications of Camarillo, California. The station became a satellite talk outlet, broadcasting Salem's stable of syndicated talk talent via satellite. The weekday lineup is based around nationally-syndicated hosts Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Savage, and Jerry Doyle. The station currently broadcasts a pair of local political talk shows on the weekend; "The Patriot Insider", hosted by former Saint Paul Pioneer Press associate editor Mark Yost, and the Northern Alliance Radio Network, a group of local bloggers. 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. ... Camarillo is a city located in Ventura County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... William Bennett on NBCs Meet the Press William John Bennett (born July 31, 1943) served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. ... Laura Ingraham (born 1964 in Glastonbury, Connecticut) is an American conservative talk radio host and author. ... Dennis Prager. ... Michael Medved Michael Medved (born October 1948) is an American nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host, film critic and author. ... Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is a conservative American radio talk show host, author, and blogger. ... Michael Savage Michael Savage is the pseudonym of Michael Alan Weiner, PhD (born March 31, 1942). ... Jerry Doyle as Michael Garibaldi in Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle (born 16 July, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor best known for his role as Michael Garibaldi on the 1990s science fiction television series Babylon 5. ... The traces its history back to both the Minnesota Pioneer, Minnesotas first daily newspaper (which was founded in 1849), and the (which was launched in 1868). ... The Northern Alliance Radio Network is an American radio talk show, the first in the world hosted entirely by bloggers. ... It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ...


Salem also runs "The Patriot II" on sister station KYCR in Golden Valley. KYCR's program schedule was initially almost the same as WWTC (with the addition of Bill O'Reilly's midday show and mostly aired repeats of shows already on WWTC. However, in 2005 the KYCR was forced by FCC simulcasting rules to expand its programming to other syndicated shows. Golden Valley is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. ... Bill OReilly William James Bill OReilly, Jr. ...


Books

Area author Jeff Lonto wrote a book about the station in 1998, Fiasco At 1280 (ISBN 0-9660213-4-7), which covered many of the screwups during the 1980s. Somewhat unfortunately, it was published just before the financial crisis of that year, so it doesn't include that part of the station's story. In 2002, the former Children's Broadcasting owners (who now operate Intelefilm) won a court case against Disney, and were awarded $9.5 million. Payments totaling $12.4 million, including $2.6 million in interest, were finally made in 2004. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links


AM radio stations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market

By Frequency: 630 | 690 | 740 | 770 | 830 | 900 | 950 | 980 | 1030 | 1080 | 1130 | 1220 | 1280 | 1330 | 1400 | 1440 | 1470 | 1500 | 1530 | 1570 Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... Sine waves of various frequencies; the lower waves have higher frequencies than those above. ... WDGY (630 kHz AM, Radio Rey) is a small Spanish-language radio station with studios located on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... KFAN is one of the following: KFAN-AM a radio station in Minnesota KFAN-AM 1320 a radio station in Utah KFAN-FM a radio station Texas KFAN The Restaurant This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... On the right was the logo for its now-defumct spainish format as La Nueva Ley. ... 770 Radio K (KUOM), Real College Radio, is a college radio station operated by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. ... WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ... KTIS is the name of two Christian radio stations in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, AM 900 and 98. ... KTNF is Minnesotas locally owned affiliate of Air America Radio branded as Air America Minnesota, it offers a combination of locally produced and nationally syndicated programming. ... AM 980 KKMS is a Salem Communications-owned radio station broadcasting to the Minneapolis-St. ... WCTS is a radio station licensed to Maplewood, Minnesota, and serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area with a non-commercial fundamentalist Christian format. ... KYMN is an AM station operating on 1,000 watts in Minnesota. ... KFAN (1130 AM) is a sports talk radio station in the Minneapolis-St. ... For the unrelated NBC affiliate in Macon, Georgia, see WMGT-TV. KLBB (1220 AM) is a radio station licensed to Stillwater, Minnesota and serving the eastern suburban Twin Cities area. ... WLOL (1330 AM) is a radio station in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. ... KMNV (1400 AM) is a radio station in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota that airs a Spanish-language music and entertainment format. ... KQRS (92. ... KZTG (1470 AM) is a radio station in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota that airs a gospel music format. ... Entrance to the KSTP studios (where the AM studios were located until the late 1980s) on University Avenue in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... KSMM (1530 AM) is a radio station licensed to Shakopee, Minnesota and serving the western suburbs of Minneapolis. ... WWTC (1280 AM, The Patriot) is a long-standing radio station serving the Twin Cities region. ...


By Callsign: KDIZ | KFAN | KFXN | KKMS | KLBB | KMNV | KSMM | KSTP | KTIS | KTNF | KUOM | KYCR | KYMN | WCCO | WCTS | WDGY | WLOL | WMIN | WWTC 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 aid... KQRS (92. ... KFAN (1130 AM) is a sports talk radio station in the Minneapolis-St. ... KFAN is one of the following: KFAN-AM a radio station in Minnesota KFAN-AM 1320 a radio station in Utah KFAN-FM a radio station Texas KFAN The Restaurant This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... AM 980 KKMS is a Salem Communications-owned radio station broadcasting to the Minneapolis-St. ... For the unrelated NBC affiliate in Macon, Georgia, see WMGT-TV. KLBB (1220 AM) is a radio station licensed to Stillwater, Minnesota and serving the eastern suburban Twin Cities area. ... KMNV (1400 AM) is a radio station in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota that airs a Spanish-language music and entertainment format. ... KSMM (1530 AM) is a radio station licensed to Shakopee, Minnesota and serving the western suburbs of Minneapolis. ... Entrance to the KSTP studios (where the AM studios were located until the late 1980s) on University Avenue in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... KTIS is the name of two Christian radio stations in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, AM 900 and 98. ... KTNF is Minnesotas locally owned affiliate of Air America Radio branded as Air America Minnesota, it offers a combination of locally produced and nationally syndicated programming. ... 770 Radio K (KUOM), Real College Radio, is a college radio station operated by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. ... WWTC (1280 AM, The Patriot) is a long-standing radio station serving the Twin Cities region. ... KYMN is an AM station operating on 1,000 watts in Minnesota. ... WCCO is a set of radio and television stations with a storied history spanning more than 80 years that serves the Minneapolis-St. ... WCTS is a radio station licensed to Maplewood, Minnesota, and serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area with a non-commercial fundamentalist Christian format. ... WDGY (630 kHz AM, Radio Rey) is a small Spanish-language radio station with studios located on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... WLOL (1330 AM) is a radio station in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. ... On the right was the logo for its now-defumct spainish format as La Nueva Ley. ...


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WWTC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1274 words)
WWTC (1280 AM, "The Patriot") is a long-standing radio station serving the Twin Cities region.
In 1979, WWTC switched to an oldies format known as the "Golden Rock" and achieved its highest ratings in years.
WWTC could no longer compete, and the format was discontinued in 1998.
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WWTC (1280 AM, "The Patriot") is a long-standing, yet often troubled and unlistened-to radio station serving the Twin Cities region.
The weather format didn't last long and after the bad weather passed, the station became known as "The Breeze," an early and more diverse form of what is now known as "Smooth Jazz"; 1280 served as the flagship station and origination point of a network of Breeze stations around the country.
Freed played electronic dance music across ten of Children's Broadcasting's stations between the shutdown of Radio Aahs in February and the final approval of a buyout of WWTC in October.
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