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WEAE is an AM radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker, USAmarker, broadcasting at 1250 kHz with a power level of 5,000 watts. The station is an ABC owned and operated station and uses the on-air nickname "ESPN Radio 1250."

WEAE carries a Sports Talk format, and is the Pittsburghmarker affiliate of ESPN Radio, plus airs ESPN shows Mike and Mike in the Morning and The Mike Tirico Show. The station also features local sports talkers Scott Paulsen, Eddy Crow, Guy Junker, Stan Savran, and "Pittsburgh Game Night" (with Jim Colony, Joe DeStio, and Ken Laird).

Mark Madden controversy

WEAE afternoon drive host Mark Madden was fired in late May for making an on-air remark that he wished that Sen. Edward Kennedy be assassinated.

Madden's firing led to a number of on-air changes at WEAE.

In August 2008, Stan Savran joined the staff of ESPN 1250 taking over for Eddy Crow, joining his former SportsBeat co-host Guy Junker in the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. slot. Crow moved from mid-days to the 3 p.m.-7 p.m. to team with former WDVE morning show host Scott Paulsen and former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Logan.

Madden returned to the Pittsburgh airwaves on October 13, 2008, with an afternoon drive show on competitor WXDX "105.9 The X", which is otherwise a modern rock station.

WEAE is also the flagship station for the Penn State Nittany Lions football. (Source: according to's website of Penn State affiliates) It was also the longtime flagship station of the Pittsburgh Steelers; this station lost the broadcast rights to WDVE and WBGG in 1998.


The station is one of the five original Pittsburgh stations that signed on the air in the 1920s. It first signed on under the WCAE call letters on May 3, 1922. When then sister TV station WTAE-TVmarker began broadcasting in 1958, the AM callsign was changed to WTAE (AM).

The station was also known for a time as WRYT. As WTAE, the station was highly successful from the early 1970s to the early 1980s as an oldies-heavy Adult Contemporary station (with a nighttime sports talk show) under general manager Ted Atkins, who used programming techniques he had learned from Bill Drake at KHJ in Los Angelesmarker. The widely popular morning show, O'Brien & Garry featured Larry O'Brien and John Garry doing comedy skits, playing music, and other general morning fare. Don Berns hosted a mid-day music show, and Phil Musick did talk in the afternoon.

In 1987, as at many AM radio stations, music was abandoned in favor of more talk. Hosts included Jack Bogut, Lynn Cullen, Doug Hoerth and Phil Musick. In 1997, Hearst-Argyle sold WTAE radio to SFX, who then traded the station to Chancellor, who in turn traded it again to Jacor Communications in exchange for WKNR in Cleveland, Ohiomarker in August 1998. Jacor finally sold it to ABC later that year. During Jacor's brief ownership, the station changed the call letters to WEAE in order to separate it from the now-former sister TV station.

WEAE Today

Today, WEAE serves as the local affiliate for ESPN Radio, which is itself owned by ABC. Though no longer co-owned with WTAE-TVmarker, WEAE and its ABC-controlled leased sister station, WWCSmarker, reside in WTAE's building at 400 Ardmore Boulevard in Wilkinsburg.

The WRYT call sign is now used by a station in Edwardsville, Illinoismarker, a suburb of St. Louis, Missourimarker.

See also

Former logo(s)

File:WEAE ESPN1250.jpg|Former ESPN 1250 logo used until 2008.


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