WAAT was issued a temporary-station grant for two days, April 16th and 19th, 1922, and never received a standard broadcasting licence. Even so, somehow it remained on the air for a number of months.
The Radio Dealer, July, 1922, page 76:
Jersey Paper Broadcasts High Class Programme
Station WAAT, the radio broadcasting station of the Jersey Review, located at Jersey City, while not one of the really high powered stations, is one that is very well known to radio operators of the east.
Station 2-IA, the former call of WAAT, is the outgrowth of a spark station well known to old time radio operators. It has been in operation for years. Frank V. Bremer, Radio Editor of the Jersey Review, built this set back in the "dark ages" of radio; that is, before the advent of the vacuum tube which made voice transmission possible.
On January 11, 1921, the first sending of voice was done by Mr. Bremer, and exactly one year later, January 11, 1922, the first broadcasting program was sent out by the Jersey Review. At that time station 2-IA operated at 210 meters wave length.
Regular semi-weekly programs have been broadcasted from this station since that date. When the ban was placed on broadcasting at 200 meters, the Review call was changed to WAAT and the wave length to that alloted to limited commercial stations.
During the winter months programs from WAAT were heard at Memphis, Tenn., Owensboro, Ky., Toronto, Can., Calais, Me., by the Cunard S.S. Caronia, 450 miles outside New York Harbor, and in many other distant places. These results are remarkable when it is considered that station WAAT operates on 2 five watt tubes as oscilators, 2 five watt tubes as modulators, and one five watt tube as speech amplifier.
Station WAAT is ideally located for radio transmission. It is 175 feet above sea level, located on the lower end of the historic Palisade Mountain Ridge.
Because of the fact that programs are only broadcasted Wednesday and Sunday evenings the quality of the entertainment provided is kept to the highest quality possible. On Wednesday the program is usually an address by some nationally known person. Addresses are limited to fifteen minutes. Following the speaker an hour program of operatic or concert numbers are radiated. This is sometimes varied by an evening of dance music, and on two occasions "radio parties," to which artists that had been particularly well received, were invited, and each contributed something toward the enjoyment of the invisible audience.
Among the prominent instrumentalists that have delighted WAAT audiences are, Alexander DuBruille, noted French violinist; Harold Berkley, English concert violinist; Anna Klomburg, violinist; and Gerald Reidy, well known violinist. Prominent among the vocalists on past programs are Adele Rankin, coloratura soprano, former member of the Aborn Opera Co.; Eouis Chartier, French baritone well known for the records he records for the Victor Co.; Elsie Baird, coloratura soprano and America's leading singer of Japanese music, also a Victor artist; The famous Jersey City Police Quartette; Eleanor Patterson, concert contralto; Alexander Trousenoff, Russian tenor; Pietro Soldano, Italian baritone; Hazel Simonson, dramatic soprano; and many others. Russell Levy, Dr. J. B. Bruns, George Ponzoni, Grover Tilden Davis, and James P. Dunn are prominent among the well known pianists and composers who have been at station WAAT.
Programs on Sunday include thirty minute radio chapel vesper service, with sacred music, following which a concert program is broadcasted.
Many of the most prominent clergymen of the east have conducted the chapel services at WAAT.
The first Salvation Army service to be broadcasted was sent from WAAT, while the first program of chamber music ensemble was played at WAAT by the Symphony Society of New Jersey.
The Jersey Review was one of the first papers to devote space to the subject of radio, and has conducted a special radio page since last December. During the recent conference of Broadcasters of the Second District Mr. C. J. Ingram, managing editor of the Review, attended the sessions and contributed toward the drawing up of the agreement under which the stations are soon to operate. The newly organized Radio Broadcasting Society of America, because of the great interest shown by the Review in the new science, recently elected Mr. Ingram vice president.