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WHJB
City of license Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Branding "Classic Hits 107.1"
Slogan "Greensburg's Home for Classic Hits"
Frequency 107.1 (MHz)
First air date July 8, 1968 (as WHJB-FM)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 2,300 watts
HAAT 163 meters
Class A
Facility ID 72296
Callsign meaning H. J. Brennen (founder of WHJB-AM)
Former callsigns WHJB-FM (1968-1986)
WOKU-FM (1986-1987)
WSSZ (1987-2004)
WJJJ (2004-2006)
WGSM (2006-2009)[1]
Owner Renda Broadcasting
Sister stations WLCY, WSHH, WJAS, WGBN
Website whjbfm.com

WHJB, known as "Classic Hits 107.1", is a Classic Hits radio station serving the Westmoreland County area, including eastern Allegheny County. The station is owned by St. Pier Group LLC, a subsidiary of Renda Broadcasting Corporation, and broadcasts at 107.1 MHz with an ERP of 2.3 KW. WHJB is licensed to serve the community of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Its transmitter is located in Unity Township, Pennsylvania.

History

The station began as WHJB-FM in 1968, sister station to then WHJB-AM (now WKHB), then became WOKU-FM, cycling through various formats (Adult Contemporary, Disco, Country and Heavy Metal) before becoming Top 40 WSSZ-FM "Hot Hits Z-107" in the late 1980s.

WSSZ switched to classic rock "Classic Hits Z-107" in July 1991. In 1996, the station became a simulcast of WAMO-FM to cover the eastern part of the metro Pittsburgh market. The simulcast was initiated as part of a sale of the FM station to Sheridan Broadcasting that year.

In 2003 WSSZ became a simulcast of WAMO after the 106.7 signal moved its tower and improved its coverage of Pittsburgh. WSSZ, in turn, moved its tower further away from Pittsburgh to accommodate WAMO-FM's move. In 2004, 107.1 acquired the WJJJ calls, and changed its name to "Majic 107.1," but the programming remained the same.

On January 30, 2006 Sheridan sold 107.1 to The St. Pier Group LLC (Renda Broadcasting), which changed the format to Variety Hits, using Westwood One's "SAM" satellite-delivered format and taking the call letters WGSM. The satellite format was eventually dropped.

In October 2009, the station applied for (and was granted) the call letters WHJB, and began using the callsign on February 8, 2010.[2]

Tony Michaels is General Manager of WHJB and also hosts Jukebox Saturday, a long-running classic hits request show, on Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM (EST). Jukebox Saturday has been networked and is heard on Renda Broadcasting affiliate stations, WDAD in Indiana, PA, and KOOL 103.3 FM (WKQL) in Punxsutawney-Brookville, PA.

WHJB airs Westmoreland County high school football on Friday nights in the fall. Mike Zappone is the play-by-play announcer with Jimmy Lee Santorella assisting as color announcer.

References

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "WGSM officially WHJB". Pittsburgh Radio & Television Online. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 

External links

  • Classic Hits 107.1 Online
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WHJB
  • Radio-Locator information on WHJB
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHJB


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