WJPA is without a doubt one of the finest gems on the radio dial. Their music variety is utterly fantastic, and they play the type of songs that I really enjoy hearing. As their slogan goes, "Not the same old oldies". My only wish is that they had a stronger signal that could reach out to more of the greater Pittsburgh area. They are the type of oldies station this area so badly needs.
Today they played "Can I Change My Mind" by Tyrone Davis. Right after "Suite Judy Blue Eyes".
I'm 53 years old and the PDs I've worked for will tell you I'm pretty much a walking music library. I have NEVER HEARD the Tyrone Davis version of the song (DVE listeners know the Roy Buchanan version with Billy Price on vocals). I only know it was Tyrone Davis because the jock intro-ed it. If they're playing that because it's the original version of a DVE song, that's just someone trying to be too cool for the room, or auditioning for a job at Sirius/XM.
Then they played a really awful disco-pop song with which I was also unfamiliar, followed immediately by two songs from the same early classic rock genre, Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park" and the Youngbloods "Get Together". The Beatles "Drive My Car" was in there somewhere too (trying to remember this as I was driving at the time).
Then some 80's stuff including "Baker Street", Linda Ronstadt's "It's So Easy" and Chicago "Just You and Me."
Plus the cheesy late 70's early 80's jingle package.
If this is what you like, you can get a version that's 100 times better on satellite.
Having said all of that, they are doing a ton of business, they still have the same car dealers on the air that were clients at WKEG in the 80's, they do a nice job with spots for local attorneys, and a bunch of Kennywood spots that are probably trade.
And they actually have to do this. Would anyone listen if they were just a watered down version of what the big boys are doing? Probably not. So good for them, they're successful, but to those who think this would be a really highly rated station on a full-market signal, I disagree.