Juneau Radio Center launches new oldies station

Alaska Broadcast Communications has purchased radio station 1330 KXJ. The AM channel will play greatest hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

“From our point, we saw it as a good opportunity to provide a different entertainment choice for the city,” said Chief Executive Officer Richard Burns.

Burns said the channel has already gone on the air with a “full-on launch” slated within the next few weeks.

Channel 1330 AM has gone through a few different owners over the years. Burns said getting the station will allow the radio company to play music synonymous with that certain vintage era of music.

Burns said this deal closed in July with approval by the Federal Communications Commission. The station has been going through the engineering side of things to get ready for the big launch.

Burns said this is an exciting acquisition with some new developments in mind for Juneau radio. One such addition is that of archives from famous disc jockey Wolfman Jack. Burns said he’s even purchased 104 of his shows that have never been aired in syndication before.

“In that way, they’re kind of like lost broadcasts,” said Burns.

With this acquisition, Alaska Broadcast Communications has five stations in Juneau. This is the most allowed by a single entity in a radio market with 14 or fewer stations, according to the FCC website. It also stipulates that no more than three of those may be in the same service and the owner cannot have more than 50 percent of the area’s market.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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