May 24, 2011

WAMO 100.1 is Pittsburgh's New, "OLD" Home for Hip Hop and R&B

Is Urban radio really back in Pittsburgh?

We drove all around the city and only picked up about 90% static -Boring

We are a little surprised that the owners of the station, San Francisco-based Radio Power Inc., is going with an urban (rolling 10,000 commercial-free joints in a row), rather than an urban adult contemporary format. With the success of native son Wiz Khalifa, the hip hop community in Pittsburgh is pretty much established without the need to promote itself on terrestrial radio and would be hard pressed to find the new "Wham-O." Besides, simulcasting a daytime only AM radio signal on a sketchy FM translator seems to make much more sense with a Classic Soul and R&B format. The station will be fully operational by June. You can follow on twitter @WAMO100.

Here's the report from
-On Saturday, May 21, instead of getting raptured, Pittsburgh got a new radio station using the same letters as WAMO, but on a different frequency. No longer 106.7 FM, the new channel is located at 100.1 FM.

The last time Pittsburgh had a radio station dedicated to playing 24/7 hip-hop and R&B was on September 8, 2009. It was on that day, at 6:07pm, when WAMO went off-air to be replaced by a gospel station [Catholic programming]. WAMO dominated the radio waves in the Burgh for 50 years! Hard to believe that Wiz Khalifa really blew up exactly at the time when his home town didn’t have a rap station to play his songs. But then again, let’s not forget his DJ hails from 96.1 Kiss FM, so he got plenty of attention there."

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