Ambitious AM in Saxonburg

Saxonburg Radio might be small but it has big eyes
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Radio vet Ken Hawk decided to put his money where his mouth was and start his own radio station and program it the way he thinks a local radio station should be programmed.

Welcome to WSNQ/AM 1620, in Saxonburg, Pa.; in western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh.

Admittedly the beginnings are humble — with a transmitter power of 100 milliwatts, it’s more a matchstick than a blowtorch — so much of the effort is being put towards its webstream and TuneIn. Hawk said, “We know that the means of delivering a radio product are no longer limited to just an over-the-air signal, and now listeners have more choices than ever.”

He added, “It’s a throwback to the way radio used to be done.”

Hawk has a background as a field reporter and news anchor for numerous stations, mostly in small towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan; though he’s had stops in Pittsburgh and Detroit. He’s gathered together a handful of faithful local and regional radio vets, along with his wife, to make the dream a reality.

The format promises to be a mix of local news along with music — a wide variety of music.