Infobox Radio station
name = WJJL
city = Niagara Falls,
area = Buffalo
branding = "Old Time Rock & Roll"
frequency = 1440
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power = 1,000
class = D
facility_id = 39517
coordinates = coord|43|4|43.00|N|79|0|40.00|W|region:US_type:city
owner = M. J. Phillips Communications, Inc., Debtor in Possession
webcast = no
website = [http://www.wjjl.com wjjl.com]
WJJL (1440 AM) is a
radio stationbroadcasting a Oldiesformat. Licensed to Niagara Falls, New York, USA, the station serves the Buffalo area. The station is currently owned by M. J. Phillips Communications, Inc., Debtor in Possession. [ cite web|url=http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=WJJL |title=WJJL Facility Record |work=United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division ] WJJL went on the air in December 1947, and it serves Western New Yorkand Southern Ontario, Canada. WJJL was the first radio station to feature a two-way telephonetalk show, Viewpoint.fact|date=July 2008
Until its move to West Seneca, WJJL primarily served the Greater Niagara Falls area. In the station's heyday, it was never a top-notch station (when compared to the big legendary AMs in nearby Buffalo, such as WKBW, WBEN, WEBR, and WGR). However, it was a great launching pad for many future top talents. Current
WGN Radio-Chicago VP/General Manager Tom Langmyerworked there as a summer fill-in personality, news reporter and anchor while in college. John Murphy, the current radio voice of the Buffalo Bills, also worked there early in his career, as did long-time WJYE/Buffalo Program Director/Morning Host Joe Chile, and national voiceover artist Jeff Lawrence. Other noted WJJL alumni include WBEN talk show host Tom Bauerle, Tony Magoo, John Jarrett, Bob O'Neil, WKBW-TV Anchor Melanie Pritchard and Citadel Syndicated Midnight Radio NetworkTalk Host and former WBEN Talk Host Gary McNamara. A studio fire at the station's Niagara Falls headquarters in 1999 necessitated a move out of Niagara Falls and to West Seneca; the station maintains a satellite studio in Wheatfield.
As of 2006, when
WWKBwent to liberal talk radio, and WHTTbecame hot adult contemporary, WJJL is the only oldiesoutlet in all of Western New York, including the Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown, and Olean markets.
In 2000, WJJL began broadcasting weekly games of the City of Buffalo Public School's Harvard Cup football league. Currently sponsored by Intense Milk, this broadcast features the dynamic voice of Rich Kozak on play-by-play, Hall of Fame Coach Art Serotte, and sideline reporter Dr. John Pluta. The Harvard Cup is traditionally played on Thanksgiving.
The station's owner is M.J. Phillips. A considerable amount of controversy arose in 2007, when a woman who identified herself as "Joann Nicola Lutz Distefano Phillips," an
Internet trollwho was known for her bizarre screeds on radio message boards, claimed to be the owner of the station, as well as M.J.'s ex-wife, and tried to take over the station's license. The FCC rejected her claim to the station.
In 2008 WJJL has the best talk line-up in Wester NY. From 9-10am Viewpoint with Tom Darro, and from 10-11 am The John Restaino Show.
*AM station data|WJJL
Buffalo Radio9-10am Viewpoint Tom Darro10-11am "The John Restaino Show"
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