WDAD is a radio station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. It is operated by Renda Broadcasting; the station broadcasts on AM 1450. WDAD was the first radio station in Indiana County, was one of the first radio stations in the nation granted licenses after World War II had ended; the station has kept its original call letters throughout its history of more than half a century. The WDAD call letters were used by a Nashville radio station which first signed on the air in 1925 and broadcast until sometime in 1927. WDAD's ownership was stable, having only had four owners in its long history; the station was signed on November 4, 1945 under the corporate name Indiana Broadcasters, Inc. Paul Short served as company president and general manager; the station's studios and offices were housed in the Indiana Theatre Building at 633 Philadelphia Street. The company operated WARD-AM in nearby Johnstown under the name Central Broadcasting Company, Inc; the station operated at a full-time power of 250 watts from its transmitter site along Old Highway 422 and Twolick Road in neighboring White Township, Pennsylvania.
Progressive Publishing of Clearfield, purchased the station in August 1955 but continued to operate WDAD under the existing company name Indiana Broadcasters. Progressive owned two other radio stations, WCPA-AM/WQYX-FM in Clearfield, WMAJ/WXLR-FM in State College. Under Progressive's ownership of more than three decades, WDAD prospered beginning with a facility upgrade in 1964, which allowed it to increase its daytime power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts. A co-located FM station, WQMU, signed on the air in 1968. WDAD enjoyed a long history of success in its hometown, despite two aggressive competitors, WCCS in Homer City, WLCY-FM in Blairsville, south of Indiana, both of which came on the air in the early 1980s. Coincidentally, WCCS co-founder Ray Goss had served as General Manager for WDAD and WQMU for 15 years before leaving to start WCCS in 1981. In 1984, WDAD and sister station WQMU moved from its studios and offices along Oakland Avenue near the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania to a spacious new facility at 21 North Fifth Street.
That same year, WDAD was granted permission to increase its nighttime power to 1,000 watts, which happened the following year after its transmitter facility was moved from its original Old Route 422 location to 364 Elkin Avenue, in the Chevy Chase Heights section of White Township. Progressive Publishing decided to sell WDAD in 1989 to Incorporated. Both competitors WCCS and WLCY, separately owned, began to pair up in June 2002 when Anthony F. Renda, by the President of Renda Broadcasting Corporation, entered into a local marketing agreement with Longo Media Group that led to the eventual purchase of WLCY-FM. Renda purchased WCCS outright two months later. Renda, who had begun his broadcasting career at WDAD as a teenager had plans to purchase WDAD and WQMU from RMS Media. RMS Media agreed in 2004 to sell WQMU to Renda Broadcasting for $3.25 million. In need of additional studio space to accommodate four radio stations, Renda Broadcasting acquired the former Gatti Pharmacy building at the corner of 9th and Philadelphia Streets in downtown Indiana, where the four stations and its business operations occupy the first and second floors.
Jack Benedict has been with the four Indiana stations under the different owners since 1969, Chuck Clark since 1976, Bill Otto since 1975 and Todd Marino. 1945 Broadcasting Yearbook 1956 Broadcasting Yearbook 1960 Broadcasting Yearbook 1963 Broadcasting Yearbook 1965 Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 Broadcasting Yearbook Official website Query the FCC's AM station database for WDAD Radio-Locator Information on WDAD Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WDADFCC History Cards for WDAD Query the FCC's FM station database for W262CU Radio-Locator information on W262CU
Michael Allen is a former Canadian football defensive back who played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Rough Riders and BC Lions. He was drafted by the Blue Bombers in the fourth round of the 1988 CFL Draft, he played CIS football at Carleton University. Allen won two with the Blue Bombers and one with the Lions. Allen spent most of his career as a backup safety with brief stints as a starter with the Blue Bombers and Rough Riders, he was best known as a special teams player. He holds the CFL record for most fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns after returning five blocked punts for scores. Allen was born in Jamaica, his family moved to Canada. Allen played junior football for the Thunder Bay Giants of the Canadian Junior Football League and CIS football for the Carleton Ravens. Allen played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Rough Riders, BC Lions. Allen was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the fourth round of the 1988 CFL Draft with the 29th overall pick.
He played in 17 regular season games during his rookie season, in which he made no tackles but contributed on special teams. Allen recovered three blocked punts for touchdowns throughout the season, including one, returned 30 yards to the endzone against the Ottawa Rough Riders; the Blue Bombers went on to defeat the BC Lions 22–21 to win the 76th Grey Cup, making Allen a Grey Cup champion in his rookie season. Before the 1989 season, All-Star safety Bennie Thompson left the Blue Bombers to join the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League, leaving an opening on the roster for a new starting safety. Allen was designated to fill this role, but it went to Moustafa Ali, he found early success defensively. He tied the CFL career record for fumbles recovered for touchdowns when he recovered his fourth career blocked punt in an August game against the Toronto Argonauts. In November of that year, Allen again blocked a punt, recovered by Paul Clatney for a Blue Bombers touchdown. In addition to his large role on special teams, Allen contributed far more defensively in 1989 than he did in his rookie year, recording 27 tackles in 16 regular season games.
The Blue Bombers again qualified for the playoffs, but lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10–14 in the East Final. In the 1990 CFL Draft, the Blue Bombers drafted safety Dave Bovell in the second round, who took over as a starter with Allen as backup. Allen had a quiet season despite playing in every regular season game, recording four tackles and returning a single punt; the Blue Bombers won the 78th Grey Cup in a 50–11 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. In 1991, Allen started in place of Bovell after he suffered torn knee ligaments early in the regular season; as a result, Allen had the most productive season of his career, recording 38 tackles, two interceptions, a sack over 12 regular season games. In August, Allen broke the CFL career record for fumbles recovered for touchdowns when he recovered his fifth blocked punt for a touchdown. Shortly afterward, he missed multiple games due to a sprained ankle; the Blue Bombers lost to the Toronto Argonauts 3–42 in the East Final. After the 1991 season, Allen signed with the Blue Bombers.
Shortly thereafter, he was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders for Brett MacNeil. He played in every regular season game for the Rough Riders in 1992, recording 19 tackles; the majority of Allen's role occurred on special teams, with The Ottawa Citizen's Ken Warren describing him as "one of Ottawa's top special teams players". During a practice in September, Allen fought with fellow Rough Rider defensive back Anthony Drawhorn after the two players insulted each other; the fight lasted both players were criticized for their roles in it. The Rough Riders lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final. After starting safety Sean Foudy left the Rough Riders as a free agent, Allen competed with Hency Charles and Ken Walcott in training camp for the starting role. Allen emerged as the starter in July, but he was sidelined a month with a knee injury. While Allen returned from the injury, he was replaced by Walcott as starter and was moved to the reserve list for a short time, he was reactivated after Walcott was injured with turf toe, but Remi Trudel was started at safety in place of Allen.
Allen had a physical altercation with Walcott outside of a Rough Riders practice in August 1993. Shortly afterward, Ottawa traded Allen to the BC Lions for safety Burtland Cummings. With the Lions, Allen was a backup for Tom Europe, he suffered a shoulder injury. Allen played nine games with the Lions in the regular season; the Lions appeared in the West Semi-Final, where they lost to the Calgary Stampeders 9–17. Allen re-signed with the Lions for the 1994 season, he played in nine games but spent much of the season being moved on and off the injured list with various injuries. The Lions went on making Allen a Grey Cup champion for the third time. Allen founded Victory Promotions. Victory Promotions sold pre-paid phone cards. Through a licensing deal with the Canadian Football League Players' Association, the phone cards featured images of well-known CFL players and were sold at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame