Frequency1400 kHz
BrandingNewsRadio 1400 WRAK
First air date
Technical information
Facility ID15325
Power1,000 watts (unlimited)
Transmitter coordinates
41°14′22″N 77°02′27″W / 41.23944°N 77.04083°W / 41.23944; -77.04083
WebcastListen Live

WRAK (1400 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and licensed to iHM Licenses, LLC. It airs a News/Talk format as "The News/Talk Network".[1]


The station was first licensed to the Economy Light Company in Escanaba, Michigan on March 23, 1923.[2] The WRAK call sign was randomly assigned from a sequential roster of available call letters. The station was deleted on June 23, 1923,[3] relicensed on February 14, 1925,[4] deleted a second time on January 5, 1926,[5] then reauthorized on February 9, 1926.[6] In early 1928, the station was moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, now owned by C. R. Cummins.[7]

Following the establishment of the Federal Radio Commission (FRC), stations were initially issued a series of temporary authorizations starting on May 3, 1927.[8] In addition, they were notified that if they wanted to continue operating, they needed to file a formal license application by January 15, 1928, as the first step in determining whether they met the new "public interest, convenience, or necessity" standard.[9] On May 25, 1928, the FRC issued General Order 32, which notified 164 stations, including WRAK, that "From an examination of your application for future license it does not find that public interest, convenience, or necessity would be served by granting it."[10] However, the station successfully convinced the commission that it should remain licensed.

On November 11, 1928, the FRC implemented a major reallocation of station transmitting frequencies, as part of a reorganization resulting from its General Order 40. WRAK was assigned to 1370 kHz.[11]

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  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, April 2, 1923, page 3.
  3. ^ "Strike out all particulars", Radio Service Bulletin, July 2, 1923, page 10.
  4. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, March 2, 1925, page 3.
  5. ^ "Strike out all particulars", Radio Service Bulletin, January 30, 1926, page 7.
  6. ^ "New Stations", Radio Service Bulletin, February 27, 1926, page 3.
  7. ^ "Alterations and corrections", Radio Service Bulletin, March 31, 1928, page 8.
  8. ^ "List of broadcasting stations issued temporary permits", Radio Service Bulletin, April 30, 1927, pages 6-14.
  9. ^ "Extension of Broadcasting Station Licenses", Radio Service Bulletin, December 31, 1927, page 7.
  10. ^ "Appendix F (2): Letter to and list of stations included in General Order No. 32, issued May 25, 1928", Second Annual Report of the Federal Radio Commission for the Year Ended June 30, 1928, Together With Supplemental Report for the Period From July 1, 1928 to September 30, 1928, pages 146-149.
  11. ^ "Broadcasting Stations", Second Annual Report of the Federal Radio Commission (June 30, 1928), page 186.