The call letters WZUM are returning to
PA, at AM 1550.
On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission approved that callsign for AM 1550, a Braddock station now owned by AM Guys LLC.
“It will be easier to promote the new format using call letters that are familiar,” said AM Guys partner Ed DeHart told triblive.com, a fan of the first WZUM. He did not disclose AM 1550's format before its sign on.
“I think it's the best possible use of the frequency,” said Clarke Ingram, a veteran programmer who worked with Clear Channel and Broadcast Communications Inc. in
“Since we are not going to be a top-40 station, we feel our audience will have warm fuzzy feelings for the new call,” DeHart said.
AM 1550 was Matta Broadcasting's WLOA from 1947-79. From 1959-79 Matta ran WLOA-FM and WFFM-96.9, now Steel City Media's WRRK.
Since 2003 “WLOA” has been used by a
. WZUM replaces WLFP
calls used by Business TalkRadio, which sold AM 1550 to AM Guys for $14,515. Mercer County
“If it gets any ratings at all, that will be a victory,” Ingram said. “(It) has been an absolute zero since the WLOA days.”
AM Guys LLC tested AM 1550 with an eclectic music mix as it installed automation.