Infobox Radio station
name = WGDJ
Rensselaer, New York
branding = "Talk 1300"
frequency = 1300
format = Talk radio
power = 5,000
class = B
former_callsigns = WEEE (1963-72)
owner = Capital Broadcasting, Inc.
website = [http://www.talk1300.com/ www.talk1300.com]
WGDJ "(Talk 1300)" is an AM
radio stationbroadcasting on 1300 kHz licensed to Rensselaer, New York. The station is currently owned and operated by Capital Broadcasting, Inc., which recently bought the station from Regent Communicationsand runs a talk radioformat.
WGDJ started out in
1963as WEEE, a 2500-watt daytime-only radio station. The 1300 kHz frequency allocation was created for another station that was forced off the air a year earlier (1280 WRSA Saratoga Springs). The station played country music, but always had trouble competing against more powerful & popular WOKO, the leading country music station in the market. In 1972, the station changed hands and adopted the WQBK calls launched by its newly launched FM sister station and the station switched to a talk-radio format. In the early 1980s, WQBK would obtain a power increase to 5000 watts and added nighttime power and also became the New York Yankeesradio affiliate for the market.
With the exception of upstart WWCN (now
WDDY), WQBK was the only full-time talk radio station in the Albany area until WPTR moved to that format in 1988and was the first Albany stop for a young Tom Leykisearly in his career before he left for Miami's WNWS. Locally, market veterans Paul Vandenburgh (later of WROW, and future minority owner of the station as WGDJ) and Tom Mailey (now of WRGB) began their careers at the station. The talk format did well even against the larger signaled WPTR and the evolution of WGYto talk, however the sale of WQBK AM/FM to Radio Enterprises, Inc. in 1995led to drastic changes. At literally a moment's notice, all local programming was canceled, most of the staff fired, and sports contracts were terminated (including the Yankees mere hours before first pitch of opening day).
1997, Radio Enterprises was purchased by Clear Channel Communications(which had owned a minority share) and, noticing a steady performance by sports radio pioneer WFANin New York Cityin the Albany ratings, decided to flip WQBK to become the first sports radio station in the market. The station took the WTMM calls with the flip and began to sign on a variety of time buy play-by-play rights . For the first year of its new format, WTMM's programming came from One-on-One Sports with the switch of programming to ESPN Radiocoming in early 1998. With the station's launch came the addition of play-by-play of the Buffalo Bills, Albany Firebirds, College of Saint Roseathletics, and Union Collegemens hockey. The station's biggest acquisition came in 2000 when the station began to broadcast New York Yankeesgames, a fixture on the station during its time as WQBK. Later that year, Regent Communicationspurchased the station after Clear Channel divested several stations in the market and decided to launch their own sports talk station (WOFX). Under Regent's ownership, WTMM had most of its non-ESPN programming eliminated including the "Times Union Sports Minute" and all locally based play-by play and lost its own sales staff, leading to commercial breaks being filled with public service announcementsand ads sold on group deals. Some exceptions came when WTMM and sister station WABT aired games of the Albany Conquestin 2004 and when the AHL's Albany River Ratsbegan airing their games on WTMM in 2006.
The realignment of Regent's Albany stations in the wake of the move-in on a new signal on 105.7 MHz led to a realignment of their stations. With the new signal taking WABT's format, WTMM was moved to WABT's former home at 104.5 MHz, a signal more stable day and night but (contrary to popular belief) weaker than the 1300 signal in the Albany/Troy area. Prior to this move, Regent entered a deal with Greenstone Media to air that company's female-targeted talk radio programs. With the 1300 signal free, the WTMM programming moved to FM on December 18, 2006 with 1300 flipping to a new format (as WEEV) on January 2, 2007. In addition to Greenstone's syndicated programming, the station aired other syndicated programming such as Dr. Joy Browne and "
Satellite Sisters" plus top-of-hour news from CNNradio. Greenstone Media would soon fall into finanical trouble and after the shutdown of the network on August 16, 2007, WEEV reverted to ESPN Radio and its former WTMM calls; however, it was not a simulcast of WTMM-FM due to play-by-play rights issues with the Yankees and Bills.
Change to WGDJ
During 2007, Regent Communications began selling many of their smaller market and lower priority stations. Having lost its audience due to the "Eve" experiment, Regent decided to sell WTMM to locally based startup company Capital Broadcasting, Inc., headed in part by former WQBK host Paul Vandenburgh, in October 2007 for $850,000 [http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2007/10/22/daily11.html] . Vandenburgh is well known for his appreciation of watching newscasts delivered by "a good looking woman." On November 26, 2007, 1300's new ownership took control of the station from Regent and rolled out a
talk radioformat similar to the old WQBK with the transfer of control of the station to Capital Broadcasting.
They initially announced the new call letters for the station would be WCBI, but after the sale, they found out that they belonged to WCBI-TV, LLP, owner of
WCBI-TVin Columbus, Mississippi. Nor could Capital Broadcasting get WCBI-TV, LLP to share those call letters with them.
On February 14, 2008, WTMM-AM officially changed its call letters to WGDJ. The call sign's origins are disputed-- claims have been made to it being the initials of mayor Gerald D. Jennings, the initials of the owner's children, or complete random assignment.
Hosts on the station, known primarily on-air as "Talk 1300," include Vandenburgh, "
New York Post" columnist Fred Dicker, former WROW afternoon host Dan Lynch, and Albany Mayor Gerald D. "Jerry" Jennings. Syndicated programs heard on WGDJ include Neal Boortz, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Jim Bohannon, Roy Masters, Dennis Millerand Michael Medved. Weekends feature Swap Shop and programming from Talk Radio Network. [From the program schedule at talk1300.com]
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