WPOP
Broadcast areaGreater Hartford
Frequency1410 kHz
BrandingNews Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM WPOP
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatNews/talk and sports radio
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
WHCN, WKSS, WUCS, WWYZ
History
First air date
July 15, 1935; 88 years ago (1935-07-15)
Former call signs
  • WMFE (1935)
  • WNBC (1935–1944)
  • WHTD (1944–1946)
  • WONS (1946–1953)
  • WGTH (1953–1956)
Former frequencies
1380 kHz (1935–1941)
Call sign meaning
Popular music (earlier format)[1]
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID37232
ClassB
Power5,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
41°41′34.36″N 72°45′5.35″W / 41.6928778°N 72.7514861°W / 41.6928778; -72.7514861 (WPOP)
Translator(s)100.9 W265EB (Hartford)
Repeater(s)97.9 WUCS-HD2 (Windsor Locks)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Websitenewsradio1410.iheart.com

WPOP (1410 AM) is a commercial radio station in Hartford, Connecticut, broadcasting a newstalksports radio format. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.[3][4] The studios and offices are located on Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.[5]

WPOP broadcasts with 5,000 watts. To protect other stations on AM 1410, it uses a directional antenna. The station's transmitter site is off Cedar Street in Newington, Connecticut.[6] WPOP is also heard on the HD2 channel of co-owned WUCS (97.9 FM). A 220-watt FM translator simulcasts WPOP programming, W265EB at 100.9 MHz.[7]

Programming

Weekdays begin with The Vinnie Penn Project, a wake-up talk and interview show shared with co-owned WELI in New Haven, which also supplies Connecticut news briefs for WPOP. Also heard on weekdays are syndicated talk shows from Boston-based Howie Carr, as well as Mark Levin and Jesse Kelly. Some daytime hours are supplied by Bloomberg Radio. Fox Sports Radio is heard overnights and several hours on weekends. Weekends also feature syndicated shows from Glenn Beck, Joe Pags, At Home with Gary Sullivan, Leo Laporte, The Tech Guy, The Jesus Christ Show with Neil Saavedra and Handel on the Law with Bill Handel, all syndicated by Premiere Networks, co-owned with WPOP by iHeartMedia.

Two of Premiere's most successful syndicated weekday talk shows are not heard on WPOP because they are carried by talk radio rival WTIC: Sean Hannity and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Most hours on WPOP begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio.

WPOP carries Fox Sports Radio programming overnight and some hours on weekends. It is also the Hartford network affiliate for New York Yankees baseball and New York Jets football games. In the summer, WPOP carries Hartford Yard Goats Minor League Baseball games, and in winter, carries Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hartford Wolf Pack American Hockey League games.

History

On June 28, 1935, the station first signed on at 1380 kHz as WMFE in New Britain, Connecticut, about 10 miles southwest of Hartford.[8] The station, owned by the State Broadcasting Company, began as a daytimer powered at only 250 watts, although its power increased to 1,000 watts, operating full-time, several years later. The station was an affiliate of the NBC Blue Network and changed its call sign to WNBC in 1936.

In 1941, with the enactment of North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA), the station switched to its present frequency of AM 1410. Power was boosted to the current 5,000 watts, and it moved its city of license to Hartford.[9] It changed its call letters to WHTD to reflect its move to Hartford, and became affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System. In 1956, as network programming moved from radio to television, WHTD switched to a middle of the road format. It changed its call sign to WPOP, signifying that it played popular music.

WPOP was a highly rated Top 40 radio station during the 1960s and early 1970s. It was known for its aggressive promotion of new and upcoming music; it is credited with helping to break The Four Seasons to fame.[10] The station achieved its highest level of success during this era, as it vied with rival 1360 WDRC for youthful listeners in the Hartford radio market. WPOP was acquired by entertainer and TV talk show host Merv Griffin in 1973, who also owned 104.1 WIOF (now WMRQ).

In June 1975, WPOP dropped its hit music format, switching to All-News, carrying NBC's News and Information Service, with a sizable local news staff covering Connecticut news stories. When the NIS network ended two years later, WPOP continued the All-News format using its own anchors supplemented by CBS Radio News and the Associated Press radio service.[11] By the late 1980s, talk shows were added and the station cut back on its news segments. Affiliation switched from CBS Radio to ABC Radio's Information Network. In 1994, Merv Griffin sold the station to SFX Broadcasting, Inc., which also owned FM 105.9 WHCN.

WPOP's last logo as "ESPN Radio 1410"
Logo as "Fox Sports Radio 1410"

On January 13, 1997, SFX Broadcasting switched WPOP's format to all-sports; most of its programming was provided by One-on-One Sports, but it also carried The Fabulous Sports Babe and weekend programming from ESPN Radio, based in nearby Bristol, Connecticut.[12] The station ended its One-on-One Sports affiliation on February 28, 1999,[13] becoming a full-time ESPN Radio affiliate.[14] In 2000, WPOP and WHCN were bought by Clear Channel Communications, the previous name of iHeartMedia, Inc. On January 27, 2012, WPOP's sports format began simulcasting on co-owned WPKX (97.9 FM), previously a country music outlet for Springfield, Massachusetts. The FM station eventually changed its call letters to WUCS, with the CS standing for "Connecticut Sports". WPOP switched from ESPN Radio to Fox Sports Radio on March 5, 2012, with ESPN Radio remaining on WUCS.

On August 17, 2015, WPOP changed its format from all sports to a mix of talk and sports, branded as "News Radio 1410".[15] In 2019, it added an FM translator, W265EB at 100.9 MHz, so listeners in Hartford and its adjacent suburbs could hear the station on FM as well as AM radio.

Translators

Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W265EB 100.9 FM Hartford, Connecticut 140333 220 167 m (548 ft) D 41°46′0.3″N 72°40′36.3″W / 41.766750°N 72.676750°W / 41.766750; -72.676750 (W265EB) LMS

References

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPOP". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "WPOP Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ "WPOP Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  5. ^ "News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM Contact Info: Number, Address, Advertising & More". News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM.
  6. ^ "WPOP-AM Radio Station Coverage Map". radio-locator.com.
  7. ^ "W265EB-FM 100.9 MHz - Hartford, CT". radio-locator.com.
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1938 page 62
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1949 page 94
  10. ^ "Joey All Night". Hartford Courant. November 10, 2002. Retrieved March 8, 2024.
  11. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979 page C-37
  12. ^ Keveney, Bill (January 11, 1997). "WPOP Shifts To All Sports". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jeff (January 30, 1999). "WPOP, 1 On 1 Sports Ending Relationship". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jeff (February 24, 1999). "Thursday Debut For ESPN Radio". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "WPOP Hartford Makes Long Awaited Talk Flip - RadioInsight".