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WAMO Returns to Pittsburgh Radio as 100.1 FM

WAMO 106.7 or 100.1 back on the Air in Pittsburgh?

WAMO 106.7 or 100.1 back on the Air in Pittsburgh?

On Saturday, May 21, instead of getting raptured, Pittsburgh got a new radio station using the same letters as WAMO, but on a different frequency. No longer 106.7 FM, the new channel is located at 100.1 FM.

The last time Pittsburgh had a radio station dedicated to playing 24/7 hip-hop and R&B was on September 8, 2009. It was on that day, at 6:07pm, when WAMO went off-air to be replaced by a gospel station. WAMO dominated the radio waves in the Burgh for 50 years! Hard to believe that Wiz Khalifa really blew up exactly at the time when his home town didn’t have a rap station to play his songs. But then again, let’s not forget his DJ hails from 96.1 Kiss FM, so he got plenty of attention there.

You get what you pay for

According to the Post Gazette, Martz Communications bought WPYT-AM 660 for $290,000. Sounds like a great deal compared to the $9 million St. Joseph Missions paid Sheridan Broadcasting for 106.7. But with that bargain price comes bargain signals.

We drove all around the city and only picked up about 90% static. What has your experience with 100.1 FM been so far… Any luck? If so, where?

Is WAMO really back?

Technically 100.1 FM is actually a cross-band translation (rebroadcast) of AM 660.

While you might hear the station use the WAMO call letters, they are just being used for branding. The station ID is actually WPYT-Wilkinsburg. It’s a smart move to reuse the name since most of Pittsburgh already recognizes it as a hip-hop/R&B brand. People will go back to the station and renew their loyalties based on the history they had with WAMO – at least that’s what the new station hopes. It will be difficult to recapture any kind of audience if the signal is so hard to pick up.

Reconstructing 106 Jamz

Before you get your hopes up, keep in mind that WAMO may never be what it was back in the day. While the name sounds the same, this isn’t exactly a resurrection of Pittsburgh’s beloved hip-hop radio station. Besides, things have changed. Now we have Pandora, and iPods, etc. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what happens on the radio this summer. Will personalities like DJ Boogie go back to WAMO? Or is he satisfied with his online radio station? Will they have anything like the Quiet Storm again? Whatever happens, we wish them luck.

What do you expect from this new station, and what would you like to hear?

Shoutout to @ptothehyphen for the tip
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  • MBI

    Finally!

    • april

      I totally agree with this article. I was so excited to hear that the “hip-hop” station was returning ( I was getting tired of hearing KISS play the same 20 songs) when I got into my car and turned to the station, it was an immediate let down. The only way I could hear the station was if I was in the open. If I drove near dense areas, trees, buildings, big rigs….forget trying to listen to music. If you like static, this is the station for you.

  • Let Down

    2 bad wamo100.com aint up & runnin. 2 bad u can only hear the station in a few spots. & here i thought wamo was back & come 2 find out its a rebroadcast bitin off the wamo name.

  • Let Down

    2 bad wamo100.com aint up & runnin. 2 bad u can only hear the station in a few spots. & here i thought that wamo was back n da burgh & come 2 find out its a rebroadcast bitin off the wamo name.

  • Chuck Borowitz

    I can’t get it tuned in on my radio.

    • osn412ontwitter

      AM 660 is a Daytime only signal that can reach everyone. 100.1 can reach certain spots sense the signal is 99 watts coming from the North Side. A regular FM Station are 30,000 watts or sometimes as low as 500 WATTS.

      FOLLOW ME @OSN412

      • Chuck Borowitz

        Yeah but AM radio always has poor quality does it not?

  • http://jamesmsingleton.com James M Singleton

    A sad day and a step backwards in Pittsburgh.

    • MBI

      How could it be a step backwards if there was nothing to step backwards from? It’s better than nothing.

      • osn412ontwitter

        THANK U!

    • Dave

      Agree

  • Let Down

    @MBI ur right; there was nothing here, so even though the station is basically static , it is still a step forward from where we were. All be it a tiny step.

    • Beans

      I would rather listen to static than any of the other bullshit on the radio

  • Best412

    Is the new WAMO really setting up a site at 961KissSucks.com?

    • http://jasperz Jasper

      Kiss does suck. But how can you just come in to a city, take over an old name, put out a weak ass signal that no one can hear, and then say Kiss sucks?

  • Jobi

    WAMO never had loyalty. The brand is tarnished. This city likes to hold on to the past, its time to move forward. Please use the new call letters.

  • DJ Dave

    WAMO Is in testing format until it is fully operational in June. Remember this is not the same WAMO. This is a new company that bought the WAMO name. This station will bring the Jamz back to the Bugh. Stay Tuned for updates and offical start of WAMO.. Facebook and Twitter oages are up!

    • osn412ontwitter

      You couldnt say it no better. People think WAMO is back means the old WAMO is back! smh. THERE NEW OWNERS

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmablackinc Crystal Payne

    I think the new radio station sucks big time. Nice attempt, I like the music and mixes but how am I supposed to enjoy it, if I can’t hear it. Signal is wack!

  • http://twitter.com/osn412 osn412ontwitter

    NOTE: Everything is starting from scratch. They’re playing music streaming from San Francisco until they finish working on the WPYT/W261AX studios. They already have DJ’s and a PD(Program Director).
    I can see that this station will be temporary until they look for a City-Grade CLass A or Class B Pittsburgh signal(Clearer signal)
    I can see another station flipping formats this year. Likely 92.9

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing the information about music streaming from San Fran and your ideas about the future of this radio station.

      Suggestion: you can put the URL of your twitter account in the ‘website’ field of the comment box.

      • osn412

        No problem
        osn412 @twitter

      • osn412

        twitter.com/osn412

      • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

        No, when you comment, put http://twitter.com/osn412 in the section that says Website.

  • AutiBoo

    Well I think people should appreciate that these people are TRYING to give us what we have been missing for so long!! Everyone has to start from somewhere & something & I will stay tuned for improvements.. Glad to see a station for “us” back on air. But I think if they use their own call letters people will still gladly accept them w/open arms. Dont try & trick us let us luv the station for who it is & what its about I think itll do just fine… *SN* do the quietstorm 4sure!!

  • http://www.pauleugene.com Paul Eugene

    I listen to the station today while I drove from the North Side to Penn Hills. The signal never got lost except when I went through the Squirrel Hill Tunnels. However, the format is not close to the former WAMO. It leans more toward KISS FM. I heard no real R&B artist. There was some hip hop, but then is sounded like listening to Billboard Top 10. There was nothing appealing to the adult R&B crowd. So Pittsburgh is still without a true R&B, Hip Hop station.

    • MBI

      Where you listening to the AM or FM?

    • http://twitter.com/osn412 osn412

      Since the new radio rating system came out it hurted some urban stations in the north and not much in the south.
      what other Urban stations do to gain more listeners, they put SOME dance music in rotation.
      bUT BEFORE they make liners about 96-1, they need to have a powerful signal.
      and the reason why sheridan sold wamo was not just because the new rating system but there was embazzlement going on for a while since around the time around 96′ thats why they moved from 105-9 to 106-7. sheridan never watched over there stations, they were investors and received a certain percentage. now all of that backed fired

    • Sabrina

      Thank you Paul Eugene! I agree!

  • Zoom

    For real I’ve been listening to WAMO for 30 years. It’s a shame the channel was sold to another company that took away any option for urban radio. Then I was excited about the news of WAMO coming back so I tuned in to hear white noise. Is this a joke? I tried the am station and it was B94 all over again. Thank the Lord for CDs.

  • tom

    What a shame. No black radio in a major city like Pittsburgh.

    • http://nowebsite Deeeeez

      Radio don’t see color. Music don’t see color. Theres no such thing as black radio and it’s that mindset that is probably why there isn’t a hiphop station in Pittsburgh because people always trying to turn music into a color thing. As a musician I kno music is universal and has no boundaries. peace

    • BowBow

      Pittsburgh is not a Major City

  • Michon

    WAMO ( 106.7) was the shit!!! I can’t believe that all that money they got from selling the station why wouldn’t they invest in another station?? WAMO was all we had in the burgh ( n surrouding areas) for hip hop station, I mean it was what we looked forward in the mornings on our way to work or wherever we was goin trust n believe WAMO was bumpin, why didn’t they get another station? WHY?

  • New Wamo Sucks

    If you can’t get it in don’t worry about it, they just keep playing the same songs over and over. Not missing much.

  • http://twitter.com/osn412 osn412

    huh?? wat are you takin about haha. how can they sell 3 stations and buy another one? who does dat? they sold it because they lost money from embezzellement and the new PPM system.
    The old WAMO was ok.
    The new WAMO is not on-air yet(meaning there playing the same 20 songs 70 times a day, NO DJ’s, No Commericals)
    AM 660 has a commerical license. Meaning you have to have commericals unless if the owner just started the station, there for no changes wont happen until they finish working on the station in a couple of weeks or maybe June 1.
    The new WAMO will never be the old WAMO with new owners. Urban stations in north us are putting dance music in their playlist to gain more listeners since the PPM was introduced. ;)

    • Hope

      How do you know so much?

    • Jamz

      Yeah for real you seem like you have all the answers about this. Do you work for them?

  • T

    Lovin it bout time we got a station that plays what we like.96.1 sucks they are wanna bees !!

  • Donny412

    Glad the beginI’m so glad to have the beginning of another urban radio station here in the Burgh! It’s obviously not up to full strength but it’s something to look forward to. I’m really baffled by the negative comments some people are posting I guess you can’t please everyone especially those whose NEVER had to start from scratch and apply time/effort they want instantaneous results!

  • Jamz

    Damn and I heard WAMO was back and got all excited. Are they aloud to use the name like that? Then why didn’t I just start some internet show for Pittsburgh and call it WAMO? I could have got like 5,000 listeners and followers in a week like the new WAMO lol.

  • Adrianne Walker

    I hope they will play Sunday night Oldie’s.

  • Angi

    I tried to “find” them this a.m. after hearing on Channel 4 news they were back on air- I could not p/u the signal- hopefully they will get stronger – it was a good station then and can be a good station now- for all those who say otherwise- you listened to them b4- you must still be trying to hear them now or else you would not care to have an opinion. Good Luck WAMO- (old, new, re-made, re-broadcast-whatever )I personally hope to hear you soon !

  • Sharon

    Can you please bring back Steve Harvey Moring Show

  • jon

    Let me start of by saying I have over 15 years experience as a Music Director to Include working & competing mostly in Top 15 radio markets in a variety of formats. I usually don’t make comments but I’ve read so many bad reviews It’s crazy..

    It’s painfully obvious to me that the person or persons, Music Director/Program Director did not do their homework or research as to what the music programming consists of for an Urban/Urban AC format!

    I’ve spent several hours listening to the station a various times and days and in my opinion it’s nothing more than a chr/rhythmic leaning station at best & that might be their intention since they’ve spent so much time & effort blasting kiss fm.

    How did I come to that conclusion you might ask? My reasoning?

    If their intention is to be an urban station kiss fm has no real relevancy because 70% of it consists of different artists or music!

    Of course there are crossover artists Lil Wayne, Drake, Wiz, Rihanna & others.

    You would be hard pressed to fine any true urban station in the country playing Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and other artists or songs currently in their music rotation.

    What’s Missing? The R. Kelly, Marsha Ambrosius , Charlie Wilson, Jamie Foxx, Adele, Donell Jones, Kem, that’s hot & heavily requested as part or an urban rotation during the midday’s or the Lloyd Banks, Ace Hood, Sean Garrett and others for the evenings if you are an urban/urban ac station?

    Here is a scenario for contrast purposes & I’ll use Old School artists:

    A) Were a hip hop station we play>
    MC Hammer
    Vanila Ice
    The Beastie Boys
    Run Dmc (the later years)

    B) Were a hip hop station we play>
    A Tribe Called Quest
    Big Daddy Kane
    Eric B & Rakim
    Whodini

    A>would be the new sound

    B>would be what listeners are seeking.

    Of course all of this is just my opinion.
    I’ve given away enough free tips & I’ll leave it at that!

    • Best412

      Well said.

    • Steve

      My sentiments exactly. This new station that entered Pittsburgh with negativity to KISS FM is nothing more than a clone of the very station they are hating on.

  • Quame

    Ayo I want the original WAMO back

  • Tasha

    When 106.7 went off air I was very said because that was all I use to listen to. Not only that but I use to dance with a group named Towdah Zamar and we would dance all around pittsburgh and WAMO would sponsor our peformances and also our parties. Our VP was Cheryl L. Williams……. unfortunately the group is no longer together but WAMO was apart of those good memories that I had of the group. That’s why when I heard it was coming back I was soo excited but to only find that it was a totally different radio station. When I listen to 100.1 I feel like I am listening to 96.1 kiss. If you are not going to make it the same radio station that we all are use to listening to than at least play the same music. We need something different to listen to other than 96.1 and 98.9. Oh and please fix your signal.

  • Tasha

    When 106.7 went off air I was very said because that was all I use to listen to. Not only that but I use to dance with a group named Towdah Zamar and we would dance all around pittsburgh and WAMO would sponsor our peformances and also our parties. Our VP was Cheryl L. Williams……. Unfortunately the group is no longer together but WAMO was apart of those good memories that I had of the group. That’s why when I heard it was coming back I was soo excited but to only find that it was a totally different radio station. When I listen to 100.1 I feel like I am listening to 96.1 kiss. If you are not going to make it the same radio station that we all are use to listening to than at least play the same music. We need something different to listen to other than 96.1 and 98.9. Oh and please fix your signal, it is really embarrassing to bumbin your music then get static out of no where lol.

  • MmX

    No way around it, Pittsburgh radio BLOWS.

  • Karen

    The station needs more variety. R&b.
    Like n Detroit were, I’m from back jam’in on Saturday host of old school songs,and battles. Stop play’n same 5 songs.

  • mitch

    saturdays? that’s only one day out of the week, I don’t see much variety there at all, that’s more of specialty show, if u go by the “well at least it’s something mantra.” then kool, but get this, there is no “variety” in commercial radio it’s either a fragmented playlist with the same songs over and over, or it’s back to ur cd collection or ipod, mp3 player. If you think urban aka black stations with the 18yearold 2 tier playlist format for black music radio listener’s 1)today’s hiphop and r&b which today’s r&b has been nothing more than a hybrid of hiphop since the bell biv devo hiphop smoothed out on the r&b tip. 2) today’s r&b hiphop hybrid and ofcourse classic soul to put you asleep with luther and r.kelly pre r.kelly infamous video that bootleged and sold in every black hub shopping area in the usa, if you think those formats offer you “variety” you were either weened on that type of radio for the last 18years, or you don’t seem to care that radio today be it black or mainstream aka white only thinks of you as a number for profit, because today’s american commercial radio is only about what we can stick the listener with and that’s it as long as we the station owner continues to see profit we can make you listen to driving miss daisy, if you would take that as the gospel.

  • moncler

    IT IS WACK!

  • BK

    I get it as 100.7 on mcknight road/ross park mall

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  • Mel

    Does anyone know a good minority lawyer here in PIttsburgh. My son attends a school here and it is 98% white. His teacher gave him a science project on sickle cell and told this was a good project for him because he was black .. Also told him to ask his parents because they should know all about.. Black people do not own any disease and this was discrimination based on race. Please email me or call if you know a good attorney . I will not accept my son or anyone elses minority child to be treated this way. My number 724 288 3760. Thanks

  • http://meljohnson33594@yahoo.com Mel

    Does anyone know a good minority lawyer here in PIttsburgh. My son attends a school here and it is 98% white. His teacher gave him a science project on sickle cell and told this was a good project for him because he was black .. Also told him to ask his parents because they should know all about.. Black people do not own any disease and this was discrimination based on race. Please email me or call if you know a good attorney .

  • http://meljohnson33594@yahoo.com Mel johnson

    Does anyone know a good minority lawyer here in PIttsburgh. My son attends a school here and it is 98% white. His teacher gave him a science project on sickle cell and told this was a good project for him because he was black .. Also told him to ask his parents because they should know all about.. Black people do not own any disease and this was discrimination based on race. Please email me or call if you know a good attorney .
    724 288. 3760

  • Chris

    It’s a shame, the signal is so weak. I always find myself dropping a few numbers down from 100.7 hoping to get a decent signal. It’s tough to get anything much beyond Monroeville when heading east. I think there is a market but the signal needs to reach out far enough for people to reach it.