WAZL 1490 Hazleton Joins 'Gem 104' "Network"

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    Venerable WAZL has jettisoned their Country format to simulcast the extensive ‘Gem 104’ Classic Hits / Oldies network of AM stations and FM translators.

    1490 joins 1460 Tunkhannock and the still hobbled 730 Nanticoke with their translators on (inhale) 92.5, 95.3, 99.9, 101.7, 104.3, and 104.5.

    Geos Communications (owner of the other ‘Gem 104’ stations) has owned WAZL since July 15, 2013 – it was purchased for $30.000 according to Wikipedia [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAZL ] -Curt

    #132156

    Autodyne
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    Gem 104 is noting that they’re “now also heard on 94.5 in Hazelton” (WAZL’s translator W233CB). The 94.5/1490 signal would appear to extend the Gem 104 network a bit South West. I guess local format competitor WLSH might be a consideration, although their FM signal on WMGH doesn’t appear, from coverage maps, to blanket Hazelton.

    Gem 104 Coverage Pre-WAZL

    #132159

    Gem 104 is noting that they’re “now also heard on 94.5 in Hazelton” (WAZL’s translator W233CB).

    They really need to update that map on the Gem 104 website. It also doesn’t include the supertranslator on 92.5 with 250 watts at 875 feet on Penobscot that is nearly a class A. That hit the air last April.

    I forgot about 94.5 in Hazleton… I think that makes a total of ten frequencies (3 AM, 7 FM) on which to hear Gem. (A decacast?) -Curt

    #132212

    Steve Green
    Participant

    This has more to do with the DX board, I realize.
    But still, this is the NEPA forum :- )

    WGMF 1460 remains the closest unheard station here. I did manage to parallel them one day with WNAK, but that was in (of all places) Hazleton. That was when WNAK was going full-copper operation.
    See, our little DXing group observed the prevalent ‘unofficial’ rule of AM catches. That went, ‘You have to hear a station within ten miles of the den you began keeping track, or it didn’t count on that totals list.’

    So my next move was to get out the USGS maps and drive to a spot 9.999999 miles from here, in the direction of Tunkhannock. Hence; it’s cool to know that WAZL, a semi-local, is not just a new barometer but is also just three frequencies away from WGMF, lol. It makes things a bit easier. Or at least it should.

    #143165

    Anonymous

    Looks like WAZL, the mighty 1490, was sold to JMJ Broadcasting:

    FCC Database Info

    #143180

    Looks like WAZL, the mighty 1490, was sold to JMJ Broadcasting

    So WAZL will likely be a simulcast of WQOR 750 AM Olyphant – EWTN Catholic Radio.

    #145882

    WAZL is now WQOR’s sister station being purchased by JMJ, this is a good fit for them. The 94.5 signal has been retained for Gem in Hazleton.

    #145937

    …The 94.5 signal has been retained for Gem in Hazleton.

    So 94.5 is technically now another translator for 730 Nanticoke? WZMF returned to the air with a normal signal just over a month ago after being all but silent for a year-and-a-half.

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