New Janesville radio station launches Monday

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

JANESVILLE—Beginning Monday, a new radio station will hit the airwaves in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

The Big AM 1380 will replace ESPN 1380 and will cover Janesville; Beloit; South Beloit, Ill.; Rockton, Ill.; and Roscoe, Ill. The Big AM 1380 will provide coverage of local news, issues and sports.

Earlier this year, a Monroe-based radio station owner bought ESPN 1380 AM and The Hog 105.9 FM from the Beaver-Dam-based Good Karma Broadcasting.

Scott Thompson and Big Radio also own five stations in the Monroe and Freeport, Ill., markets.

“We are thrilled to be bringing so much local programming back to 1380,” said Laurie Clark, the station's general manager

The station will broadcast from Janesville and cover local news with local journalists, spokeswoman Hannah Lindemulder said.

For the time being, the AM station's call letters will be WTJK. It was formerly WBEL.

The lineup on The Big AM 1380 will consist of local hosts Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Nights and weekends will offer local specialty programming, local sports play-by-play and shows and ESPN Radio programming.

The station will air high school sports around the stateline area and a weekly prep show on Saturday mornings.

During the summer months, the station will be home to Beloit Snappers baseball, Roscoe Rush football and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing.

The Big AM 1380 also will be heard live at thebigAM1380.com.

No programming changes are planned on the FM side of the dial.

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