WAZN
Broadcast areaBoston metropolitan area
Frequency1470 kHz
Programming
FormatChinese language
Ownership
Owner
WLYN
History
First air date
January 1958 (as WSRO in Marlborough, Massachusetts)
Former call signs
WSRO (1958–2002)
Call sign meaning
"Asian"
Technical information
Facility ID70523
ClassB
Power1,400 watts (day)
3,400 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
42°24′49.0″N 71°12′40.0″W / 42.413611°N 71.211111°W / 42.413611; -71.211111Coordinates: 42°24′49.0″N 71°12′40.0″W / 42.413611°N 71.211111°W / 42.413611; -71.211111
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WAZN (1470 AM) is an ethnic radio station in the Boston, Massachusetts market, licensed to Watertown. It is owned by Multicultural Broadcasting, and as of February 1, 2016 broadcasts Chinese language programming, simulcast from M.R.B.I.'s New York City station.

History

The station signed on in January 1958 as WSRO, operating out of Marlborough.[1][2]

At one time, WSRO was a music station.[2][3] Additionally, at one time, the station was simulcast in Gardner on WGAW (1340). However, in 1996, the station filed for bankruptcy, and was sold separately from WGAW in October.[4] The new ownership gradually shifted the station to more of a talk radio format the following year.[5][6]

WSRO was sold to Alex Langer in 1998.[7] In early 1999, the station let go much of its staff[8] and became a full-time relay of sister station WRPT (650);[9] soon afterward, the station lost its original transmitter location in Marlborough and relocated to a temporary site in Hudson.[10] In October 2000, WSRO applied to move to Watertown, operating from a transmitter location in Lexington.[11]

The station was sold to Multicultural in 2002.[12] The callsign was soon changed to WAZN, as the WSRO call letters remained with Langer on 650 AM.[13] The move to Watertown was completed by Multicultural in early 2004.[14] The station began broadcasting Chinese programming on February 1, 2016.[15]

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1959 (PDF). 1959. p. B-168. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p. C-111. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1972 (PDF). 1972. p. B-99. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 21, 1996). "Maine History and More". New England RadioWatch. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 28, 1997). "Thawing Out and Unpacking..." North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 3, 1997). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 16, 1998). "BBF is Back!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  8. ^ Fybush, Scott (February 26, 1999). "A Time For Farewells..." North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  9. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 3, 1999). "We Will Never Make Fun of Boston Weather Again..." North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 12, 1999). "WSRD Makes its Point in Albany". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 2, 2000). "Spinning the Dial in Connecticut". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  12. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 11, 2002). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 23, 2002). "Vinikoor Plans Another Change". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  14. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 12, 2004). "WLIR Legend Ends at 92.7". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  15. ^ http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?692331-WAZN-1470-program-changes WAZN Programming Changes