|City of license||Presque Isle, Maine|
|Broadcast area||Aroostook County, Maine|
|Slogan||"The Talk of the County"|
|First air date||1960|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Power||25,000 watts day
10,000 watts night
|Affiliations||Premiere Radio Networks, Red Sox Radio Network, Patriots Rock Radio Network|
|Owner||Northern Maine Broadcasting Inc.|
WEGP (1390 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Presque Isle, Maine, USA, the station serves the Northern Maine, Western New Brunswick, and Downeast area. The station is currently owned by Northern Maine Broadcasting Inc. and features programing from Premiere Radio Networks and Westwood One.
WEGP went on the air in 1960 and was started by Edward G. Perrier. WEGP gets its name from its founder's initials. At the time, Mr. Perrier was the Engineer for WAGM-TV. When Mr. Perrier decided to start WEGP, WAGM-TV was looking for a way to carry its signal into the Houlton area. In an effort to assist WAGM in broadening their signal range, Mr. Perrier searched for and found land (an old horse pasture)in Presque Isle, Maine. He performed all the required testing and design and presented it to WAGM. WAGM changed hands and the new owners were not interested in using Mr. Perrier's ideas. Mr. Perrier and "Skippy" Caroll (it is believed) decided to put WEGP on the air making WEGP one of the original radio stations in Aroostook County. On March 18, 1994, the station underwent a transformation and changed its call sign to WTMS. After a single day, that change was reversed back and the station became WEGP again.
WEGP went dark for a couple years during the mid-1990s. It was revived in 1997 by Paul Decelles, Owner and President of Decelles Media, Inc. In an effort to broaden the listening audience, WEGP was simulcast from 1997 to April 2007 on WREM. At that time, the LMA with WREM was dropped. In August 2006, WEGP applied for an upgrade of its signal, In late 2007, the upgrade was complete, boosting power from 5,000 watts to 25,000 watts. In August 2010 the station was bought by Gregory McNeil, founder of Northern Maine Broadcasting, Inc. The simulcast with WREM, now known as WXME, was brought back in February 2011.
WEGP The Talk of The County is one of only two talk stations north of Bangor and as such, carries many top level talk shows such as Dave Ramsey, Rush Limbaugh, The Howie Carr Show, Glenn Beck, Free Talk Live and Coast to Coast. The station also carries Boston Red Sox baseball, New England Patriots football, local high school basketball and news updates from Fox News Radio every half hour as well as local news updates 7 times each day. Weekend programming includes Yahoo! Sports Radio. In October 2010 WEGP also added two locally originated morning programs. WEGP's Morning Edition, which is less politically oriented and covers events going on in Northern Maine, airs from weekday mornings at 7 and Borderline AM provides more politically oriented talk centered around Aroostook County and airs immediately after. WXME in Monticello simulcasts most WEGP programming, except for the locally-produced "Aroostook Watchmen Radio Program" with Steve Martin and Jack McCarthy which airs Monday through Saturday mornings at 8.
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