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WAPJ History


Originally licensed to the Litchfield County Commission for Higher Education, WAPJ came on the air on March 17, 1997 with both the studio and antenna located on the UConn Torrington campus. The station's antenna was mounted on a 300' tower formerly owned by SNET. The station operated with 100 watts ERP from this location but had some coverage problems due to high terrain to the west and north of the site.

To eliminate these problems the antenna was moved to Highland Avenue in Torrington in 2000. Even though the FCC required that the power be reduced to 40 watts, the greatly increased height of the antenna resulted in a significant improvement in coverage.

In 2001, the license was transferred to the Nutmeg Ballet and the studios were moved to the basement of the newly renovated Nutmeg Ballet building on Main Street in Torrington. The additional space at this location allowed for the construction of a 2nd studio for training and production.

In 2004, the license was transferred to the current licensee, the I.B. and Zena H. Temkin Foundation, and the studios were moved to 42 Water Street in Torrington. This location offered approximately 2,000 square feet (190 m2) of space and included an air studio, a production studio, a performance area and extensive office space.

In 2005, the station was granted a license for a translator on 105.1 MHz with 20 watts to provide additional signal building-penetration downtown Torrington.