WCOS (AM)

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WCOS
City of license Columbia, South Carolina
Broadcast area Columbia, South Carolina
Branding Fox Sports Radio 1400
Frequency 1400 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1939
Format Sports
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 4673
Callsign meaning We're Columbia's Own Station
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Sister stations WCOS-FM, WLTY, WNOK, WXBT, WVOC-FM

WCOS is a sports radio station licensed to Columbia, South Carolina and serves the Columbia market. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at 1400 kHz with an power of 1,000 watts. The station goes by the name Fox Sports Radio 1400. Its studios are in Columbia (west of the Congaree River) and the transmitter is east of downtown Columbia.

The station was an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, the largest radio affiliate network in Major League Baseball, but that designation has shifted to AM 560 when the sports programming shifted from WCOS to WXBT.[1]

History[edit]

WCOS signed on in 1939, making it Columbia's second radio station. The station featured programming from NBC's Blue Network (which later became the ABC Radio Network) as well as local programming.

In 1958, the station stunted by playing Dean Martin's "I Wish I Was In Dixie" over a period of 24 hours before switching over to the "Top 60 in Dixie" playlist, a format that it kept for the next 20 years under various monikers like "Super COS", and "Position 14".

In 1980, after being beaten in the ratings by rival FM Top 40 WNOK, WCOS changed over to Country, simulcasting parts of the broadcasting day of their sister FM, WCOS-FM. In the early 1990s, the station adjusted its format to satellite-fed Classic Country, but went back to simulcasting WCOS-FM within a year's time. In 1996, it adopted its present Sports talk format.

In 2007, WCOS re-branded itself as "The Team". On January 3, 2012, programming from WCOS shifted to the more powerful WXBT AM 560, and WCOS became "Hallelujah 1400", a inspiration Gospel station.

On November 6, 2014 WCOS changed their format to sports, branded as "Fox Sports Radio 1400".[2]

The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications, which owns Country WCOS-FM, CHR WNOK, Variety Hits WLTY, Urban contemporary WVOC-FM and News/Talk WXBT in the Columbia radio market.

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Coordinates: 34°00′18″N 81°00′43″W / 34.00500°N 81.01194°W / 34.00500; -81.01194