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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]

Jazz Returns To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Public Media launched Jazz 88.1 WYZR Bethany, WV on Saturday, August 31 at 1:15pm. The station, which technically serves the Wheeling WV/Steubenville OH market, will rimshot the southern and western suburbs of Pittsburgh. The station’s purpose is to restore Jazz programming to the market following the sale of 90.5 WDUQ, which was sold and flipped to NPR News/Talk in July 2011 as WESA. Pittsburgh Public Media acquired what was then 88.1 WVBC from Bethany College in March for $110,000. The new WYZR is launching with programming from PGHJazzChannel.net, which features programming from former WDUQ staffers and is co-owned with the station.