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History of Philadelphia radio station 1110 WNAP (WNAP, Inc.)

  • As WNAR

    WNAR was on the air from at least 1947 serving Norristown and Montgomery County as a 500 watt daytimer on 1110 AM. Until the late 1960s, much of the service area was rural and undeveloped, with the signal barely reaching Philadelphia. In the 1960s and 1970s, the station was owned by Victor Mauck.

    In 1965, the station began programming a middle of the road format, and by the late 1960s, the station was selling time-brokered slots. Between paid programs, a top 40 format was heard with hosts Johnny Deveraux and others. Some of the WNAR staff included KYW's Al Novak, Dan Baker, Cousin Larry with the morning show, Ron Joseph, and "Super Lou."

    WNAR 1110 1970s logo

    In the 1970s, a syndicated beautiful music format debuted with the voice of John Doremus.

    The station was sold in 1984 and the call letters became WGHW, switching to the current calls of WNAP in 1987. The station now programs a gospel music format under the name "Gospel Highway Eleven" with 4,800 watts, covering much of the Philadelphia area.

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    1. Posted at 11:23 AM on 7/13/2011 by Carmen Malizia:
    I was in High School in 1967 Johnny Deveraux would pick me up early Sunday morning, first we would work at WIFI on Potshop Road, then we would go down Germantown pike to WNAR playing church tapes and time-brokered Super Lou and RJ. I still remember "Super Lou woul insist on a eccho which was created using a tape loop on the old ampex tape recorder that was located next to the RCA 500 Watt Transmitter.

    2. Posted at 12:19 AM on 2/12/2012 by CHRISTOPHER HAGEE:
    I remember well in the 1970s when I had been hearing WNAR Radio (1110 AM) for local news, Penn State football and that "Music of your Life". The sta. had great personalities such as Johnny Doremus, Chuck Irwin, Dan Baker, Al Novak, Johnny Kraft and the late Frankie Castner. And also one of my favorite parts about 'NAR was at the conclusion of their bcst. days when they had played the "Star-Spangled Banner" (U.S. National Anthem). And man, was it a great marching-styled version, or what? If anyone has a rare vintage cassette tape with a recording of that instrumental version of the "S.S.B.", which is one my favorite versions of the U.S. National Anthem. Could you mail it to me at the following address:135 Westridge Pl., So., Phoenixville, PA 19460-3377.

    3. Posted at 2:16 PM on 6/21/2012 by Gary Hendler:
    Iworked at Universal Record Dist from age 14 to 24 (1968-77) John Devereaux would come to the record co and pick up DJ copies and he would drive me home to Havertown..I believe he was missing a hand. Anyway does anyone know what happened to him

    4. Posted at 5:01 PM on 9/19/2012 by Larry Shannon:
    Anbody know where Super Lou is? I worked with him at WKLX in Norfolk in 1971.

    5. Posted at 10:15 PM on 2/26/2013 by Jose Fritz:
    I just found a recording of WNAR from about 1950. I posted the audio here: http://tenwatts.blogspot.com/2013/02/transcription-mystery-disc-158.html

    6. Posted at 12:55 AM on 10/6/2013 by Craig Baker:
    Began radio work at WI-FI 92.5 FM in 1961. Worked with Johnny Devereaux there, and also at WNAR in '67 and '68. Still hear from him. Johnny has been in San Jose for many years. Still hear from Marv Bachrad, the WNAR sports Guru also. Great memories keeping that old RCA BTA 1MX on the air.

    7. Posted at 9:40 PM on 1/18/2014 by David:
    Dan Baker?!? DAN BAKER??!?? YOU don't mean THE PHILLIES' AND EAGLES' PUBLIC-ADDRESS ANNOUNCER, do you?

    8. Posted at 9:46 PM on 4/11/2014 by Carmen Malizia:
    Craig Baker, I am just wondering if you are still in touch with Johnny Devereaux, I know he was Armenian, he lost fingers on one hand when he was working in a family rug business. That's what he told me. I wish I could get in touch with him.

    9. Posted at 2:33 PM on 9/6/2014 by Eric Hampson:
    Super Lou is my step father he is now retired but I'm sure would love a reunion

    10. Posted at 10:04 AM on 8/6/2015 by mark armstead:
    Can anyone tell me the name of the song(artist) they play during interludes(station breaks) on gospel highway circa 1975. I can vaguely recall a female lead w/choir. I would greatly appreciate it if any can remember. The song reminds me of my grandma(Eva Mae Armstead) who passed almost 30 yrs ago. God bless!!!

    11. Posted at 3:34 PM on 2/24/2016 by jwoolmington:
    Doing a story on my father's life. What stations covered the Phillies and Eagles in 1946-51?

    12. Posted at 2:57 PM on 4/2/2016 by Richard Franklin:
    Some WNAR jingles are being recycled by CE Dave McCrork at: http://www.wnar-am.com/graphical/ I knew most of the people and worked for several of the stations mentioned.Al Novack recently retired from KYW/CBS

    13. Posted at 8:09 PM on 5/31/2016 by Mel Caddell:
    Johnny Devereaux has fond memories of his days as a DJ. He is retired and lives in Sunnyvale CA He would love to hear from the people who remember him. He can be contacted at hy209@hotmail.com

    14. Posted at 9:07 AM on 6/22/2016 by Geoff Edwards:
    In the late 60's there was a dance show broadcast from the Benson East Apts in Jenkintown, hosted by "Super Lou". Looking for anyone who remembers - when I mention it today, people think I'm making it up :-(

    15. Posted at 7:32 AM on 2/6/2017 by Eddie Shapiro:
    Dear Geoff Edwards I remember Jam Session with Super Lou. I used to dance on that T V show, and I would love to see pictures and videos if they are available. Please let me know. On one show, James and Bobby Purify came and sang "I'm Your Puppet".

    16. Posted at 3:13 PM on 5/27/2017 by pappa louie lavong:
    Johnny Devereaux used the air name "Johnny D" on WNAR's soul show on the weekend in the summer of 1968. I remember him Playing "Boogaloo Down Broadway", by Norristown's Fantastic Johnny C. The show would come on prior to sign off on (Saturday?). Anyway, those are the old days. I wonder if he knew Ron Diamnond? (Ron Cutler?)

    17. Posted at 11:58 AM on 6/6/2017 by Anthony Pretzello:
    Im looking to find Larry Malinaro COUSIN LARRY WNAR and his wife Sandy. I took guitar lessons from Sandy and had a wonderful relationship with the family. They had a daughter Janette. They lived just outside Norristown. Any assistance would be great full. Thank you.

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