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WNYM, 970 AM, is a radio station licensed to Hackensack, New Jersey and serving the New York metropolitan area. Studios are in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey with co-owned WMCA-570. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications and presents a conservative talk-based format.


Early years

The station signed on in 1926 as WAAT on 1270, moving to 1070 in 1928, 940 in 1930 and finally to 970 in 1941. They featured a general entertainment format. The station was owned by Frank Bremmer. In 1948, WAAT launched a television station, WATV channel 13. In 1951 the stations were sold to Irving Rosenhaus. WAAT evolved to a music format by the 1950s, similar to what WNEW, WOR, and WCBS were doing at that time. They also signed on a station on 94.7 FM, WAAT-FM.

As a National Telefilm Associates station

National Telefilm Associates would buy the three stations in 1959, and changed their call letters to WNTA-AM-FM-TV. WNTA remained a MOR music station, while WNTA-FM (later to become WFME) played easy listening and WNTA-TV attempted a general entertainment format. NTA later found that seven commercial television stations could not be supported in the New York market, and sold WNTA-TV to Educational Television for the Metropolitan Area, which converted channel 13 to NET affiliate WNDT (the station is now PBS member station WNET).

Country music years

WNTA-AM-FM was sold to Communications Industries Broadcasting and changed callsigns to WJRZ on March 31, 1962. They kept a...
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