WROL 950

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WROL is a radio station in the Boston, Massachusetts radio market. The station is currently owned by Salem Communications, and is located on 950 kHz on the AM dial. Most of WROL's programming is religious in nature, but it also airs several Irish music blocks on weekends, including the Irish Hit Parade on Saturdays and A Feast of Irish Music on Sundays. WROL's history dates back to 1927 and WBSO, owned by Babson College. The station moved to Boston in 1935 after a sale and became WORL. In 1945, the then-owners (Harold Lafount and Arde Bulova) were declared unfit to be licensees, and were forced to divest the station, sending it off the air in 1949. During the 1940s, WORL was the first station in Boston to adopt a popular-music format ("The 920 Club", named after the station's former frequency) with disc jockies spinning the tunes. Although only a daytimer then, WORL built up a following as an entertaining alternative to the daytime programming elsewhere on the Boston radio dial.