|Broadcast area||Lehigh Valley|
|Branding||NewsRadio 790 WAEB|
First air date
Call sign meaning
|Power||3,600 watts (daytime)|
1,500 watts (nighttime)
Public license information
|Webcast||Listen live (via iHeartRadio)|
WAEB is a news, talk and sports radio station in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. WAEB broadcasts at 790 kHz AM.
The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.
WAEB began operations in 1949. The station was sold to Rust Broadcasting in 1957, adopting a Top 40 format and the slogan Music Radio 79 WAEB.
In 1983, the station began to evolve into more of a Hot Adult Contemporary format, and by 1985, more of a straight Adult Contemporary format emphasizing oldies. In 1986, WAEB added evening syndicated talk shows. Overnight talk was added by 1989 and the station was playing oldies during the day at that point.
WAEB and WAEB-FM were sold to CRB Broadcasting in the late 1980s. In 1993, WAEB evolved into a talk format. In 1995, the station along with WAEB were sold to Capstar along with WZZO and WKAP. The stations all went to AM/FM Broadcasting as a result of the Chancellor/Capstar merger in 1999.
When AM/FM merged with Clear Channel Communications, which owned WODE and WEEX), the company would be forced to sell an AM and FM station to be under legal ownership limits. Clear Channel would give Nassau cash plus WODE-FM and WEEX in exchange for New Jersey stations WSUS, WNNJ, WNNJ-FM, WHCY, WDLC LMA, and WTSX LMA. As a result, WAEB, WAEB-FM, WZZO and WKAP became Clear Channel Stations.
In January 2007, after WKAP dropped the Oldies format in favor of religious programming (also changing its call letters to WYHM), WAEB launched an Internet radio station playing Oldies music on its Web site. Strong demand still exists for an AM or FM station dedicated to the Oldies format lost when WKAP changed its format.
On September 4, 2009, the northernmost tower mast of the station's five-tower antenna array located in Whitehall Township was toppled when a vandal or vandals cut the tower's guy wires.
WAEB currently runs a standard slate of news talkers typical of Clear Channel Communications owned stations. This includes Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Savage Nation, and Coast to Coast AM. In addition, the station also airs a local morning show hosted by Bobby Gunther Walsh.