WFBG - Wikipedia

WFBG (1290 AM) is a news/talk radio station broadcasting in Altoona, Pennsylvania. WFBG originally broadcast on the frequency of 1310 kilohertz and was known as "The Voice of the Alleghenies".[1] It signed on in 1924, at 100 watts. Its call letters stood for the name of the stations founder, William F. B. Gable, owner of Gable's department store in Altoona. It moved to 1290 on the dial, and broadcast at 5000 watts daytime, 1000 watts at night. It was a very influential and top rated station, the biggest station between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the 1960s, the Morning Mayor, as he was called, was Big John Riley, working from 6 to 10am. Dick Richards followed from 10a to 3p. Dan Resh did the 3p to 7p shift and Dick DiAndrea owned the night from 7p to midnight. DiAndrea also hosted a very popular Bandstand program on WFBG TV. Weekends on radio were handled by Bill Bukowski (8a to 4p) and Bob Witten (4p to midnight). The format was top 40 hits. The news team included Del Smith, Charles Ritchey,and Bob Witten. The station was purchased by Triangle Publications under Walter Annenberg in Philadelphia. General Manager was John Stilli, Program Director; Jim VanDeVelde; News Director, Lantz Hoffman. It was grouped with WFBG FM, and TV Channel 10. TV 10 was affiliated with CBS and ABC. All three stations were located on 6th Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania

WFBG
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CityAltoona, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaAltoona
Frequency1290 kHz
Slogan"Big 1290"
Programming
Formatnews/talk
AffiliationsCBS
Ownership
OwnerForever Broadcasting, LLC
(FM Radio Licenses, LLC)
WALY, WFGY, WRKY, WTNA, WWOT
History
First air date
October 30, 1924
Call sign meaning
William F.B. Gable (founder)
Technical information
Facility ID38269
ClassD
Power5,000 watts (day); 1,000 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
40°27′20.00″N 78°23′50.00″W / 40.4555556°N 78.3972222°W / 40.4555556; -78.3972222
Links
Websitewww.foreveraltoona.com/wfbg/

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