This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "WAEB" AM – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (December 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
WAEB
WAEB Newsradio790 logo.jpg
Broadcast areaLehigh Valley
Frequency790 kHz
BrandingNewsRadio 790 WAEB
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTalk radio
AffiliationsiHeartRadio
Premiere Networks
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
1949 (1949)
Call sign meaning
Allentown-Easton-Bethlehem
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID14371
ClassB
Power3,600 watts (daytime)
1,500 watts (nighttime)
Transmitter coordinates
40°39′37″N 75°30′50″W / 40.66028°N 75.51389°W / 40.66028; -75.51389
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live (via iHeartRadio)
Website790waeb.iheart.com

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.

History

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 beginning to emphasise 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, and 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 (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.[1]

Programming

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.

See also

References

  1. ^ WAEB radio tower toppled in Whitehall, FBI investigates http://www.mcall.com/news/all-a8_5tower.7011612sep05,0,7619214.story