WDGM

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WDGM
City of license Greensboro, Alabama
Broadcast area Tuscaloosa and vicinity
Branding Tide 99.1
Slogan "The Home Of Alabama Sports"
Frequency 99.1 MHz
First air date 2002
Format Sports
ERP 6,400 watts
HAAT 197.3 meters (647 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 86803
Transmitter coordinates 32°52′40″N 87°36′53″W / 32.87778°N 87.61472°W / 32.87778; -87.61472
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Alabama Crimson Tide Football & Softball
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa License, LLC)
Sister stations WBEI, WFFN, WTSK, WTUG-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website tide991.com

WDGM (99.1 FM, "Tide 99.1") is a radio station licensed to serve Greensboro, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Townsquare Media.

The station's current broadcast schedule was initiated when the station was owned by Cumulus Media, serving as a repeater of sports radio-formatted WJOX in Birmingham, with the branding "The Deuce" and slogan "Tuscaloosa's Home for Jox!". While WDGM still broadcast JOX programming from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekdays the rest of its schedule competes with WJOX including original programming from 5-8 p.m., on weekdays, a weekly Saturday show and affiliation with ESPN Radio in contrast to WJOX's affiliation with CBS Sports Radio. Since the change in ownership to Townsquare Media, the branding of the station has unofficially changed to "Tuscaloosa's Sports Authority, 99.1 WDGM" dropping the "Deuce" moniker.

The station also serves as one of three Tuscaloosa affiliates for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, for Alabama football games along with sister stations WFFN and WTSK, WDGM serves as the flagship station for Crimson Tide Softball broadcasts.

Schedule[edit]

Regular Weekday Schedule (as of June 2013)
Airtime (Central) Program Hosts
6 a.m. – 10 a.m. The Opening Drive (WJOX) Jay Barker, Al Del Greco and Tony Kurre
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Matt & Scott Spectacular (WJOX) Matt McClearin and Scot Harrison
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Jox Roundtable (WJOX) Lance Taylor, Jim Dunaway and Ryan Brown
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Game Ryan Fowler

With the exception of Crimson Cover - hosted by Chase Goodbread, Mike Parker and John Copeland - that airs Saturday mornings and Crimson Tide Sports Network broadcasts, all weekend programming comes from ESPN Radio.

History[edit]

On August 8, 2000, Warrior Broadcasting, Inc., received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission for a new FM radio station broadcasting with 25,000 watts of effective radiated power at 99.1 MHz to serve Greensboro, Alabama.[1] The new station was assigned the call letters WDGM by the FCC on April 16, 2001.[2] On August 7, 2001, WDGM received a modified permit that allowed them to relocate the planned transmitter site a few miles northeast, raise the antenna from 100 meters to 190 meters in height above average terrain, and lower the effective radiated power to just 3,200 watts.[3] WDGM received its license to cover from the FCC on May 17, 2002.[4]

On July 20, 2004, Warrior Broadcasting, Inc. (James E. Shaw, president) agreed to sell WDGM to Apex Broadcasting, Inc. (Voncile R. Pearce, president) for a total sale price of $925,000.[5] The deal was approved by the FCC on December 21, 2004, and the transaction was consummated on December 30, 2004.[6]

In February 2005, Apex Broadcasting Inc. (Houston L. Pearce, chairman) reached an agreement to sell WDGM and six other radio stations in Alabama to Citadel Broadcasting (Farid Suleman, chairman/CEO) for a reported sale price of $29 million.[7] The deal was approved by the FCC on May 11, 2005, and the transaction was consummated on July 12, 2005.[8]

In December 2008, the station dropped its "Oldies 99.1" branding and satellite-fed "True Oldies Channel" programming in favor of a sports talk format branded as "The Deuce" with the slogan "Tuscaloosa's Home for Jox!". The "True Oldies Channel" programming is now heard in the Tuscaloosa area on WJRD (1150 AM and 102.1 FM). Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[9]

Cumulus sold WDGM and its sister stations to Townsquare Media effective July 31, 2012.

On August 1st, 2013, following the announcement on WAPI-FM to a sister station of WJOX-FM as WJQX, the station registered several names signifying a name change to 99.1 The Tide, 99.1 Roll Tide, 99.1 Tide, Bama Sports 99.1, Roll Tide 99.1, The Tide 99.1, Tide 99.1, Tide Radio 99.1, or Tide Sports 99.1, each showing its affiliation to the local Alabama Crimson Tide college sports.

On August 30th, 2013, the station dropped all WJOX programs and launched as an independent sports station as Tide 99.1 promoting themselves as "The Home Of Alabama Sports".

Former Logos[edit]

WDGM-FM logo.png WDGM-FM Deuce logo.png

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19970515MD)". FCC Media Bureau. August 8, 2000. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BMPH-20010328AAB)". FCC Media Bureau. August 7, 2001. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-20020312AAM)". FCC Media Bureau. May 17, 2002. 
  5. ^ "Changing Hands - 8/2/2004". Broadcasting & Cable. August 2, 2004. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20040721AMG)". FCC Media Bureau. December 30, 2004. 
  7. ^ "Deals - 2/21/2005". Broadcasting & Cable. 2005-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20050207ADB)". FCC Media Bureau. July 12, 2005. 
  9. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 

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