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Date Posted: 08:18:22 10/05/17 Thu
Author: Pat Cloonan
Subject: Re: WMCK..Mighty 1360
In reply to: O'Really 's message, "WMCK..Mighty 1360" on 19:18:18 09/29/17 Fri

McKeesport has a fascinating broadcast history.

One favorite aspect for me is the fact that the old Tube City could have had one or two television channels. (Channel 13 was sought for McKeesport as it was moving from Johnstown west when WJAC moved from Channel 13 to Channel 6, and Channel 4 started out as suburban McKeesport -- that term was correct for the 1950s -- with city of license in Irwin and tower, as it still is today, in Elizabeth Township.)

Radio is another aspect, of course. WIK came and went in the 1920s, but the modern era dates to WEDO's sign-on in 1947. WEDO's heyday probably was its years as the CBS Radio affiliate for Pittsburgh (it also was an NBC station for a time and briefly had a business news format, too).

In the interest of full disclosure I'm part of the current incarnation of WEDO, an independent variety station where I do a weekend public affairs program. It also for the first time in its history has full-time status with night service on FM 93.3, also using the AM 810 tower in North Versailles Township.

WMCK lives anew as an Internet station, wmck.fm, part of Jason Togyer's Tube City Community Media, with a interesting mix of music and talk, but the station once known on AM as WMCK (and for a time on FM, too, at 104.9, for what it is worth) is staggering on today as WGBN.

Occasionally, it returns to the air with simulcasts of WMNY-1150 in New Kensington. On Sept. 7 the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of that station from Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation to two New Jersey businessmen who are listed as Cambria Hill Realty LLC and Radio 1150 LLC.

What happens from here to WMNY is anyone's guess -- or WGBN, for that matter. About WGBN, on July 10 the FCC approved an extension of an existing authority for AM 1360 to operate from its Lincoln Borough tower site, across the Youghiogheny River from Olympia Shopping Center and McKeesport's Eden Park and Christy Park neighborhood.

This explanation is on the application for that extended authority:

THE STATION HAS BEEN SILENT FROM ITS AUTHORIZED SITE. THE LICENSEE LOST ITS LEASE FOR THE SITE, SUCH THAT THE SITE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE STATION TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE, CONTINUED OPERATION AT ITS NIGHTTIME SITE PURSUANT TO AN STA RESPECTFULLY IS REQUESTED.

AN FCC FORM 301 TO ALLOW PERMANENT OPERATION AT THIS SITE WILL BE FILED WITHIN 60 DAYS.

So far, there is no indication that a Form 301 has been filed.

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