Like many longtime listeners of WJAS-AM, I was dumbfounded when, on the morning of Aug. 8, I turned my kitchen radio dial to 1320, expecting to hear Jack Bogut's voice, and there was a voice, but not his. I listened further, thinking it was just a commercial or that my radio had picked up another AM signal by mistake, but no such luck.
I went to my computer and Googled WJAS and that was when I saw the news story “WJAS completes news-talk format switch” saying the radio station had been sold and the new owners had changed the format.
So many people I have talked to — and no, we aren't all over 70 years of age — ask where you can go on the radio for that kind of music. Unlike the youth of today, many of us don't have iPods or smartphones and computers to download our favorite music or subscribe to Sirius satellite radio.
There are many radio stations in the Pittsburgh listening area, but if you don't like country, rock, classical, rap, '80s hits, talk or sports programs, you're out of luck. WJAS played what was called “easy listening” music from the '40s through today. It was the music that you could sing along with because you knew all the words to the songs you grew up with. Pittsburgh lost a real treasure.