|City of license
||Albany, GA and Vicinity
||WALG News/Talk 1590
|First air date
||5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (Night)
||31°37′19″N 84°09′09″W / 31.62194°N 84.15250°W
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
||WEGC, WGPC, WJAD, WKAK, WNUQ, WQVE
WALG (1590 AM, "News/Talk 1590") is a radio station serving Albany, Georgia, and surrounding cities with a News/Talk format. This station is under ownership of Cumulus Media.
Notable weekday syndicated programming includes shows by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Fred Thompson. Notable weekend programming includes the syndicated The Kim Komando Show hosted by Kim Komando.
Former notable local programming included news and interview program "Wake Up Albany" hosted by Matt Patrick from June 2007 until February 2009.
This station was launched as WALB in May 1941 by the Albany Herald. In 1954, the Herald signed on a TV station with the callsign WALB-TV. The AM radio station has been assigned the WALG call letters by the Federal Communications Commission since it was sold by the Herald to Allen Woodall, Sr., in 1960.
From 1959 till about 1970 the station was known as "Johnny Reb Radio". A loud rebel yell was the station brand and a Confederate soldier was the logo. The rock and roll station was a reporting station for the Gavin Report during those years and had great influence in the southeast US. Known for its hard rock and obnoxious announcers this station was a legend in the southwest Georgia area.
The studios were located in an area north of the city of Albany near a swamp. The area surrounding the station was low country and covered with water most of the time. A raised walkway led you from the small parking lot to the studio. Many deejays were delayed in their air shifts because a fat cottonmouth snake would be sunning themselves on the walkway.
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