WARD-AM signed on the air from Johnstown, Penn., in 1948. An FM sister station signed on in the 1950s, as well as WARD-TV, Channel 56.
A new owner changed the call letters in 1970 to WJNL. The radio stations offered a full-service format with a strong local news operation.
Johnstown’s declining coal and steel industries, combined with the loss of the CBS-TV affiliation to rival WTAJ-TV in 1982, badly hurt the bottom line at WJNL-AM-FM-TV. The owner sold off the TV station (today’s WPCW, Pittsburgh’s CW affiliate).
Later, the FM station adopted a country format as WMTZ-FM and later as WFGI-FM. WJNL-AM became WNTJ-AM, flipping to a news/talk format.
Forever Broadcasting purchased the stations in 2004 and eventually moved WNTJ’s talk format and call letters to 850 AM, using the 1490 signal for ESPN Radio.
The company later moved WNTJ back to the 1490 AM frequency. As of 2014, the news/talk format continues under Forever Media’s ownership.
Source: Wikipedia (WNTJ)