May 22, 2013

Portland radio station named one of best in nation

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A Portland radio station has been ranked as one of the top 20 news and news talk radio stations in the country.

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In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Sen. Angus King talks with Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware during a weekly radio program that King does for WGAN radio. WGAN has been ranked as one of the top 20 news and news talk radio stations in the country.

Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer

Radio Ink, an established industry magazine, published its first-ever top 20 list Monday and the list included Newsradio 560 WGAN in Portland, which was listed as the 20th-best station.

Radio Ink said it relied on several factors to pick the top 20, including a station’s commitment to providing local information, its longevity, revenue, station ratings and how the station sounded on air.

Jeff Wade, WGAN’s brand manager and news director, said the station, which was established in 1938, will celebrate its 75th anniversary in August. The station, which stopped playing music in the late 1980s, provides around-the-clock news coverage and news talk programming.

“Everyone at the station is really excited. It’s a nice recognition for all the hard work we put in every day,” Wade said. 


CORRECTION: This story was updated at 10:37 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 to correct Newsradio 560 WGAN's full name.

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