Two big changes were in the air today as longtime oldies station WJAS (1320-AM) flipped to conservative talk radio, and news-talk WPGB went country as “The BIG 104.7” on the FM dial.
The latter began its new life playing Florida Georgia Line's “This is How We Roll,” the start of 10,000 consecutive songs without commercials.
Earlier in the afternoon, syndicated talk featuring Rush Limbaugh was simulcast on both stations as the 3 p.m. announcement neared, and "This is moving day!" promos were trumpeted during breaks. Others in the WJAS lineup now include Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and David “Bloomdaddy” Bloomquist.
The change at WJAS means the end of a decades-long nostalgia format. Veteran DJs Jack Bogut and Bill Cardille said their goodbyes on air Wednesday, and Chris Shovlin also lost his evening show.
Earlier this summer, station owner Frank Iorio, whose Pittsburgh Radio Partners LLC purchased WJAS from Renda Broadcasting Corp. for $1 million, said a switch to talk was a possibility. The sale closed July 30.
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