WPAT-FM (93.1 FM) – branded "93.1 Amor" – is a radio station that programs a mix of Bachata, Reggaeton and Tropical music. Licensed to Paterson, New Jersey, the station is owned by the Spanish Broadcasting System and serves the New York metropolitan area. It has studios in Midtown Manhattan, and the transmitter is located at the Empire State Building.

WPAT-FM
WPAT 93.1 Amor.svg
Broadcast areaNew York metropolitan area
Frequency93.1 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding"93.1 Amor"
Programming
FormatTropical
SubchannelsHD2: WGNK simulcast[1]
Ownership
OwnerSpanish Broadcasting System
(WPAT Licensing, Inc.)
WSKQ-FM
History
First air date
1957
Call sign meaning
W PATerson (WPAT's city of license)
Technical information
Facility ID51663
ClassB
ERP4,000 watts
HAAT415 meters (1,362 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.4″W / 40.748444°N 73.985667°W / 40.748444; -73.985667Coordinates: 40°44′54.4″N 73°59′8.4″W / 40.748444°N 73.985667°W / 40.748444; -73.985667
Links
WebcastListen Live
Website931amor.com

WPAT-FM broadcasts in HD.[2]

HistoryEdit

WPAT-FM signed on in 1957 with studios in Newark, New Jersey. Its frequency of 93.1 MHz had previously been assigned to Edwin Howard Armstrong's Alpine, New Jersey station, KE2XCC, until it went off the air in 1954. This was the second station to hold the WPAT-FM call sign, as an earlier WPAT-FM, originally WNNJ, had operated on 103.5 MHz from 1949 until its deletion in early 1951.

WPAT-FM eventually moved to studios on Church Street in Paterson, and later moved to studios at the four-tower transmitter site of its AM sister station at that time, 930 WPAT (AM), at 1396 Broad Street in Clifton, New Jersey. WPAT AM & FM were purchased by Capital Cities Communications in 1961.[3] In 1985, Capital Cities announced that it would buy ABC.[4][5] As a result of Federal Communications Commission regulations at the time, the company decided to sell WPAT AM & FM because ABC already owned 770 WABC and 95.5 WPLJ in New York City. The WPAT stations were sold to Park Communications.[6]

On January 19, 1996, at 11:59 pm, WPAT-FM ceased being an English-language station when control was switched over to the new owners. WPAT-FM DJ Karen Carson did the last air shift for the station's adult contemporary format that day,[7] and Operations Director Ken Mackenzie gave a farewell speech right before the station signed off from Clifton. Immediately after the station signed off from Clifton, a new Spanish-language adult contemporary format signed on from Manhattan with the branding "Suave 93.1" ("Smooth 93.1"). Eventually, on February 4, 1998, the station's branding was changed to "Amor 93.1" ("Love 93.1") and in January 2002, returned to "93.1 Amor" ("93.1 Love").

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WGNK Miami Adds Additional Signals
  2. ^ "HD Radio station guide for New York, NY". Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ "FCC okays $30 million in station sales." Broadcasting, August 7, 1961, pg. 90.
  4. ^ Kleinfield, N.R. "ABC is being sold for $3.5 billion; 1st network sale." The New York Times, March 19, 1985. pg. 1.
  5. ^ "Capcities + ABC." Broadcasting, March 25, 1985, pp. 31-33.
  6. ^ "Breaking up and breaking records." Broadcasting, August 12, 1985, pg. 29.
  7. ^ Hinckley, David IT'LL BE MULLER TIME AT WYNY IF CHI DEEJAY JOINS A.M. BREW New York Daily News January 23, 1996

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