WROL
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Broadcast areaGreater Boston
Frequency950 kHz
BrandingAM 950 WROL
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatChristian radio
AffiliationsSalem Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
WEZE
History
FoundedJanuary 29, 1927 (1927-01-29)[1]
First air date
October 8, 1950 (1950-10-08))[2]
Former call signs
WBSO (1927–35)
WORL (1935–49; 1950–66)
WRYT (1966–78)
Former frequencies
1240 kHz (1927)
780 kHz (1927–29)
920 kHz (1929–41)[1]
Call sign meaning
Similar to former WORL calls currently being used at its sister station in Orlando
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID9139
ClassD
Power5,000 watts (day)
90 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
42°26′9.94″N 70°59′32.98″W / 42.4360944°N 70.9924944°W / 42.4360944; -70.9924944 (WROL)
Translator(s)100.3 W262CV (Boston)
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Listen live (via Audacy)
Websitewrolradio.com

WROL is a radio station in the Boston, Massachusetts radio market. The station is owned by Salem Media Group, and is located on 950 kHz on the AM dial. Most of WROL's programming is religious including local ministers as well as national radio hosts such as Dr. Charles Stanley, Jay Sekulow and Eric Metaxas. Former WBZ-TV news anchor-turned-minister Liz Walker also has a program on the station. WROL also airs several Irish music blocks on weekends, including the Irish Hit Parade on Saturdays and A Feast of Irish Music on Sundays.

WROL operates with 5000 watts by day but must reduce power to 90 watts at night to protect other stations on 950 kHz. WROL uses a non-directional transmitter located off Route 107 in the Rumney Marsh Reservation in Saugus, Massachusetts. WROL is one of two religious formatted radio stations in the Boston media market owned by Salem Communications; WEZE is the other. Former sister station WWDJ was sold to Relevant Radio in 2019.

History

WROL's history dates back to 1927[1] and WBSO, owned by Babson College. The station moved to Boston in 1935 after a sale and became WORL.[3] During the late 1930s, WORL was the first station in Boston to adopt a popular-music format ("The 920 Club", named after the station's former frequency; the title remained even after the move to 950 on March 29, 1941) with disc jockeys spinning the tunes. Although only a daytimer then, WORL built up a following as an entertaining alternative to the daytime programming elsewhere on the Boston radio dial.

The owners, Harold A. Lafount and two others (operating for the interests of Arde Bulova) became embroiled in a long-running dispute with the FCC for having filed false reports regarding ownership and financial structure, and in 1947 their license renewal was rejected.[4][5][6] After an appeals process that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, the rejection was upheld.[5] The station, which had stayed on the air via temporary licenses,[6] went off the air on May 30, 1949.[7]

Pilgrim Broadcasting purchased the license and returned the station to the air in October 1950.[8][3] Later sales led to the station becoming WRYT, with WORL being taken by a station near Orlando, Florida. Carter Broadcasting took over in 1977, and after failing to be able to return the WORL call letters to Boston, settled on WROL. Carter immediately established a religious network with WROL as its flagship, with relays throughout New England. While mostly religious, WROL featured two popular programs during the 1970s and 1980s, a weekday cooking show with longtime Boston radio/TV personality Gus Saunders, and a Saturday block of Irish music featuring John Latchford, and later Paul Sullivan and Matt O'Donnell (among others) which became quite popular among the region's large Irish-American population. In recent years, WROL has expanded Irish music to Sunday afternoons as well.

In 2001, as part of Carter Broadcasting dismantling this network and focusing its attention to WCRN in Worcester, the station was sold to Salem Communications.

History of call letters

The call letters WROL were previously assigned to an AM station in Knoxville, Tennessee.[9]

WROL-AM 620 in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early '40s employed a then-little-known news announcer who went on to country stardom: Tennessee Ernie Ford. WROL's complete 1,000 watt radio transmitter and wire-array antenna was hand built by the station Engineer Joseph Wofford. The original transmitter was later encased in a glass cabinet and placed in the lobby of the studio.

Translator

Broadcast translators of WROL
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W262CV 100.3 Boston, Massachusetts 145583 40 D 42°21′46.36″N 71°5′8.17″W / 42.3628778°N 71.0856028°W / 42.3628778; -71.0856028 (W262CV) FCC LMS

References

  1. ^ a b c Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: The First Fifteen Years". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1950s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Boston Radio Dial: WROL(AM)". The Archives at BostonRadio.org. 2005-03-27. Retrieved January 22, 2006.
  4. ^ "FCC Dissension Marks Decision Against WORL". The Billboard. May 3, 1947. p. 12.
  5. ^ a b "Court Backs Gag of Hub Radio Station". The Lewiston Daily Sun. Associated Press. May 17, 1949. p. 4.
  6. ^ a b "Court Decish Shakes FCC: WORL Court Okay Raises Power Doubts". The Billboard. December 4, 1948. p. 6.
  7. ^ Dinneen, Joseph (June 1, 1949), "Station WORL Goes Off Air After 21 Years: 32 Jobless", The Boston Globe, p. 11
  8. ^ "Two Radio Stations and One TV Affil Up Rates". The Billboard. March 29, 1952. p. 4.
  9. ^ "WROL Rebroadcasts" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 1, 1935. Retrieved 19 October 2014.