1550 Pittsburgh

Translator Applications 2/10: The Grants Begin

The next step of the AM Revitalization has begun as the FCC began approving the 250 mile waiver applications.

Pittsburgh Public Media Acquires WZUM

Pittsburgh Public Media has acquired Rhythmic Oldies 1550 WZUM Braddock/Pittsburgh PA from AM Guys LLC for $75,000. WZUM will add the “Pittsburgh Jazz Channel” programming originating at soon-to-be sister 88.1 WYZR Bethany WV, which covers the western side of the Pittsburgh metro. Pittsburgh Public Media was founded in 2011 following the sale of 90.5 WDUQ to Essential Public Media to return the Jazz format to the market. PPM President Chuck Leavens served as Chief Engineer and host on WDUQ prior to its sale. The non-profit intends to use the upcoming 250 mile AM translator waiver period to acquire an FM signal for WZUM. Pittsburgh Public Media today announced the acquisition of WZUM, AM 1550, Braddock PA from AM Guys LLC for $75,000, with the signing of Letter of Intent and Ass...[Read More]

WZUM Brings Urban Oldies To Pittsburgh

AM Guys LLC has returned to the former 1550 WLFP Braddock/Pittsburgh to the air with a new format and call letters. Taking the market heritage WZUM calls from the now deleted 1590, the station has returned to the air with an Urban Oldies format. The station is completely automated, but tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it may add DJ’s and news later. Veteran PD Clarke Ingram is currently overseeing the music programming. AM Guys, Thomas Dehart and Stephen Zelenko, acquired the station out of receivership from the bankrupt Business Talk Radio Network in May for $14,515. WZUM operates with 1kW daytime and 4 watts at night.