May 17, 2011

Urban Radio format returning to Pittsburgh on WPYT 660 AM and 100.1 FM


From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh has been without a full-time urban radio format for two years, but that's about to change. In the next few days, the sale will close on WPYT-AM (660), and the new owner will launch an urban contemporary format there early next month. In December, San Francisco-based Radio Power Inc. announced that it would buy WPYT from Langer Broadcasting Group of Framingham, Mass., for $290,000.

"When you go into a market with a station, you look at who's doing what," Tim Martz said. "WAMO had a big audience. Nobody has filled the void. It's an attractive format."

Urban stations WAMO-FM and WAMO-AM were sold in May 2009. The new owners -- St. Joseph Missions -- changed the format to Catholic programming. The new WPYT's reach will be extended by broadcasting on an FM translator, or booster signal, located at 100.1 on the FM dial. WPYT-AM is a daytime-only signal and signs off at sundown. The FM frequency will broadcast 24 hours a day.

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