WAGF (AM)

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WAGF
WAGF-AM logo.jpg
City of license Dothan, Alabama
Broadcast area Wiregrass Region
Branding 1320 Gold
Frequency 1320 kHz
First air date 1932
Format Urban Talk
Power 1,000 watts (day)
92 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 30278
Transmitter coordinates 31°14′54.00″N 85°23′20.00″W / 31.2483333°N 85.3888889°W / 31.2483333; -85.3888889
Callsign meaning Alabama Georgia Florida[1]
Former callsigns WAGF (1932-1983)
WDBM (1983-1985)[2]
Affiliations CNN Radio
Owner Wilson Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Sister stations WAGF-FM, WJJN
TV: WJJN-LD
Website WAGF Online

WAGF (1320 AM, "1320 Gold") is a radio station broadcasting an Urban Talk radio format.[3] WAGF is licensed to serve the community of Dothan, Alabama, USA. The station is currently owned by Wilson Broadcasting Co., Inc. The station was assigned the WAGF call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on January 1, 1985.[2]

Programming[edit]

WAGF features programming from CNN Radio.[4] Notable on-air personalities include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the sports duo 2 Live Stews, and the "gorgeous queen of night time talk" Bev Smith.

History[edit]

WAGF originally went on the air in 1932 and was long billed as the "Voice of the Tri-States." The stations original owners were Fred Mosley, Julian Smith, and John Hubbard. Mosely and Smith later bought out Hubbard's interest in WAGF and owned the station until 1976 when they sold the station to Clark and Mary Evelyn Jones. The Jones' sold the station in the 1980s to Frank Johnson who owned it until it went dark (date unknown). It stayed dark several years until revived by Wilson Broadcasting. While owned by Smith and Mosley (a.k.a. Dothan Broadcasting Company) WAGF operated with a small, yet loyal staff.

Lamar "Early Bird" Trammell worked at the station, mostly as morning host, from 1939-1976 with the exception of a military stint during World War II. Trammell was miffed when his longtime employers would not allow him to purchase the station instead selling it to the Jones family. Trammell left WAGF and bought WDIG, Dothan, from Ed Wein. Among WAGF's former employees are CBS News anchor Douglas Edwards (deceased), Bobby Price (now a sales executive in Dothan), Marv Edwards, Noel Peters, Bob Leslie (deceased), Michael Bruner Adams, and Ken Curtis, the longtime news director at WDHN, the ABC television affiliate in Dothan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "WAGF Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  4. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 

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