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Friday, August 8, 2014

Clear Channel Turns Pittsburgh Talker To Country


After 10 years and eight months on the FM dial in Pittsburgh, another FM talker is moving back to AM. Clear Channel has flipped 104.7 to Country and Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck will now be heard on WJAS-AM 1320, owned by Frank Iorio's Pittsburgh Radio Partners. Iorio recently purchased the station from Tony Renda for $1 million. Clear Channel will kick "Big 104.7" off with 10,000 songs in a row and feature the Bobby Bones morning show.

Clear Channel Pittsburgh VP David Edgar said, "It's a great day for Pittsburgh country music fans as we launch Big 104.7, a fresh new take on country music. This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country's biggest artists and concerts. Listeners will also enjoy waking up with The Bobby Bones Show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music. No one is closer to the heart of Nashville than Bobby Bones."

WJAS-AM owner Iorio said, "We're excited to debut a lineup of this caliber, which will make WJAS-AM 1320 the ultimate destination for News/Talk in Pittsburgh. We look forward to providing listeners with a range of the best Talk programming, news, information, and commentary." WJAS-AM was playing a nostalgia format for the past decade. Local DJs Jack Bogut and Bill Cardille said their goodbyes on the air this week and Chris Shovlin also lost his evening show.

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