WAME

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For the Miami, Florida, radio station known as WAME until 1969, see WSUA. For the Charlotte, North Carolina radio station known as WAME until 1990, see WGFY.
WAME
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City of license Statesville, North Carolina
Branding Country Legends 550 and 92.9
Slogan Decades of Country Music!
Frequency 550 AM and 92.9 FM
First air date 1955
Format Classic Country
Power 500 watts (day)
53 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 63146
Transmitter coordinates 35°47′43.00″N 80°51′17.00″W / 35.7952778°N 80.8547222°W / 35.7952778; -80.8547222
Former callsigns WDBM, WDRV, WIST
Affiliations Jones Classic Hit Country, MRN, PRN
Owner Statesville Family Radio Corporation
Sister stations WIST-FM, WTIX
Website WAME Online

WAME (550 AM, "Country Legends 550") is a radio station broadcasting a classic country format. Licensed to Statesville, North Carolina, USA. The station is owned by Statesville Family Radio Corporation. WAME's programming can also be heard on FM at 92.9 MHz over translator W225BD, which operates at 19 watts.

The programming is currently a mix of locally produced programming and Dial Global's Classic Hit Country format.

History[edit]

Duke Family[edit]

The station on 550 AM in Statesville, North Carolina began in 1955 as WDBM, and operated only during daytime hours with licensed power of 500 watts. WDBM was founded by Walter A. Duke. In 1967, the Duke family started WDBM-FM at 96.9 FM, now known as WKKT, which initially was simulcast with WDBM. WDBM-FM continued to broadcast easy-listening music in the evenings after WDBM signed off.

Ferguson Family[edit]

In 1973, the Duke family sold the both stations to the Ferguson Family. The new owners separated the operations of the AM and FM, and the AM began broadcasting a country music format. The FM was given the calls WOOO and on-air was called "Triple-O 97".

Metrolina Communications[edit]

In 1979, both WDBM and WOOO were sold to Metrolina Communications Corporation. WDBM became WDRV and switched to an adult contemporary format.

GHB Broadcasting[edit]

WDRV was sold to Statesville Family Communications, a subsidiary of GHB Broadcasting. The format was changed to Southern gospel music and religious teaching.

In 1990, the call letters became WAME and in 1994 they became WHYM.[1]

In 1996, the station became WIST - "Station of the Stars" - an affiliate of the Music of Your Life adult standards network.[2]

In 1997, GHB Broadcasting created a regional talk network called Total Radio to compete in the Charlotte, NC market against heritage station WBT. As part that effort, the call letters changed to WTLI when it joined the Total Radio simulcast.[3][4] The attempt to compete against 50,000-watt WBT was not successful.[5]

By 1998 the WIST call letters were back to Statesville, with the Real Country format on the station, and the station became WAME again in October 2000.

In the early 2000s, long-time radio personality J. D. Benfield began doing the morning show on the station, and the remainder of the day's programming was the Stardust satellite format from ABC Radio Networks.

In February 2008, WAME became "Country Legends 550." Benfield left the station in August 2008.[6]

On October 1, 2008, country radio personality John Glenn joined WAME as Operations Manager and Morning Show Host. "Big Country Mornings with John Glenn" began airing on Monday, January 12, 2009.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  2. ^ Joe Marusak, "Radio Station Pleases WIST-ful '40s Fans," The Charlotte Observer, August 4, 1996.
  3. ^ Kay McFadden, "Talk-Radio Station Signs on to Battle for WBT Listeners", The Charlotte Observer, July 8, 1997.
  4. ^ Jim Morrill, "The Unlikely Rebel Behind the Microphone," The Charlotte Observer, October 19, 1997.
  5. ^ Kay McFadden, "Format Change Will Be Blow to Charlotte Talk Radio," The Charlotte Observer, November 22, 1997.
  6. ^ Mark Washburn,"More Than a Little Bit Country," The Charlotte Observer, Mar. 15, 2008.
  7. ^ Fuller, Bethany (January 15, 2009), "WAME's new format: classic country, racing", Statesville Record & Landmark 

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