WARM - AM 590 - Scranton, PA

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WARM Radio first saw the light of day on January 25, 1940, when the Federal Communications Commission granted permission for us to begin broadcasting from ... See more downtown Scranton with 250 watts on 1370 kHz. It was the Mutual affiliate for our area, bringing us such programs as "The Shadow" and "Gangbusters". In 1941, a treaty was signed with Canada, Mexico, and several other countries in the North American region. This caused many AM stations to change frequency and WARM moved to 1400 kHz, still at 250 watts. After World War II, the opportunity to increase power and broadcast on a better frequency allowed WARM to move to 590 kHz, broadcasting at 5,000 watts from a transmitter site between Scranton and Tunkhannock. By that time, the network affiliation was changed to ABC. The signal reached from Binghamton, New York to Newark, New Jersey and WARM was often heard as far south as Atlantic City. Regularly licensed operation on 590 began in 1952. Our programming was typical of what radio stations ran in the 1950s, with music, news, and local features dominating the airwaves. On January 2, 1954, WARM expanded into television as WARM-TV lit up Channel 16 for the first time. Transmitting from West Mountain, WARM-TV featured network shows from ABC and DuMont, as well as late night movies. Since there was another ABC/DuMont affiliate in the area (WILK-TV, Channel 34, on North Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre), the TV operation lost money and WARM-TV merged with WILK-TV in 1957. Channel 34 went off the air and the combined television operation was sold. As WNEP-TV, Channel 16 prospers as Northeast Pennsylvania's ABC affiliate. WARM also tried FM in the 1950s, simulcasting its regular AM lineup in static-free, high fidelity FM on 93.7 MHz. Few people owned FM radios in those days and WARM-FM eventually went off the air. 93.7 remained silent for over twenty years. Our sister station, JR 93.7 (WSJR) now provides continuous country music to Northeast Pennsylvania.

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Scranton - Pennsylvania, United States - English

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