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big jab

The Big JAB

The Big JAB is a network of sports radio stations in southern Maine, owned by Atlantic Coast Radio. It is on 1440 AM (WRED, licensed to Westbrook) and 96.3 FM (WJJB-FM, licensed to Gray). It is located on 779 Warren Avenue in Portland, Maine.

History

The Big JAB (as WJAB, the 1440 frequency) first came into prominence in the early 1960s, when it signed on as a (daytime-only) top 40 music station, giving major competition to cross-town WLOB. WJAB immediately became the top rated station in Portland, a position it held throughout the 1960s.

The 96.3 frequency debuted in 1975 as WRUM-FM from its former city of license, Rumford; the call letters were changed in 1981 to WWMR. In 1997, WWMR became WLOB-FM, and started simulcasting WLOB, which at that time broadcast a religious format. In 2000, WLOB and WLOB-FM were sold to Atlantic Coast Radio by Carter Broadcasting. The stations subsequently dropped their religious programming and picked up a news-talk format. In 2006, WLOB-FM relocated its transmitter from western Maine to South Paris to provide a clearer signal to the Portland area. Following the transmitter move, in 2008 WLOB-FM changed its city of license from Rumford to Gray. On August 25, 2008, WLOB-FM converted from the WLOB simulcast to a simulcast of The Big JAB.

From 1999 to 2008, The Big JAB's programming was also heard on 900 AM (WJJB, licensed to Brunswick; at that time). On April 25, 2008, that frequency (which became WWBK on March 18, 2008; the WJJB calls subsequently moved to 1440, previously WJAE) was sold to Bob Bittner (owner of WJIB and WJTO) for $27,000. Additionally, from 2000 to September 1, 2008, The Big JAB's programming was also heard on 95.5 FM (WJJB-FM, licensed to Topsham; initially, the station continued to broadcast under its previous WCLZ call letters); on that date, it began airing programming from Boston's WEEI in a simulcast with WPEI under the call letters WGEI.

Stations

Callsign Frequency City of license Power/ERP Class HAAT Facility ID Former Callsigns Transmitter Coordinates
WRED 1440 (kHz) Westbrook, Maine 5,000 watts B 3140 WJJB (2008)
WJAE (1997-2008)
WLPZ (1990-1997)
WWGT (1986-1990)
WMER (1980-1986)
WJBQ (1974-1980)
WJAB (1960s-1974)
WJJB-FM 96.3 (MHz) Gray, Maine 40,000 watts C1 430 meters 9180 WLOB-FM (1997-2008)
WWMR-FM (1983-1997)
WWMR (1981-1983)
WRUM-FM (1975-1981)

Programming

Former hosts

Co-owned stations

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