WFOM

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WFOM
WFOM-AM 1230 TheFan2 logo.png
City of license Marietta, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding 1230 The Fan 2
Frequency 1230 kHz
First air date 1946
Format Sports
Power 1,000 watts daytime/nighttime
Class C
Facility ID 72066
Transmitter coordinates 33°55′38″N 84°30′08″W / 33.92736°N 84.502158°W / 33.92736; -84.502158
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Owner Dickey Broadcasting
Sister stations WIFN, WCNN
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1230thefan2.com

WFOM (1230 AM, "1230 The Fan 2") is an Atlanta-area radio station broadcasting on a frequency of 1230 kHz. The radio station is licensed to the city of Marietta, Georgia, and currently is a CBS Sports Radio affiliate. WFOM, along with WCNN and WIFN, are owned by Dickey Broadcasting. The broadcast facilities are in Buckhead, even though the signal is weak in that area.

History[edit]

WFOM was known around Marietta, Georgia and Cobb County for its Top 40 format during the 1960s & 1970s. Despite a rather inferior signal, WFOM regularly placed within the top-five of rated Atlanta-area stations, Metro-wide. The Top 40 success of the station, which included prominence in the music industry, influenced Jerry Crowe, the radio executive co-owner in co-creating Video Concert Hall, precursor to MTV. (Crowe purchased the station from the estate of Jimmy Davenport, who was a leading Rock promoter in the South throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Among other events, the crew convinced Wolfman Jack to stop by during a visit to Atlanta, where he did one live afternoon airshift in 1973.) WFOM ended its somewhat unique format in June 1983. The last song that was played on that format, was Barbara Mandrell's "In Times Like These". The next morning, WFOM started playing contemporary Christian music format. WFOM was known for breaking many new artists to the Atlanta-area audience over many years, including instrumental California-based surf acts, prior to the Beach Boys in 1963. WFOM was way ahead of its Atlanta-based competitors in adding many Soul tunes to its playlist in the mid to late 1960s, by acts such as the Chambers Brothers, Dyke & the Blazers and Johnny Nash. Also added were notable Album/Progressive rock cuts by Deep Purple, Janis Joplin, Vanilla Fudge, Jimi Hendrix and others, while the station maintained a "typical" Top 40-AM presentation style. WFOM was by far the first Metro station to air "The Ballad of John & Yoko" (1969), "Time" by the Chambers Bros. (August 1968), "Oh Well" by the pre-pop Fleetwood Mac and "No Time" by the Guess Who (both, late 1969), as well as cuts by groups such as Blondie (late-1978) and Culture Club (mid-1982).

When Dickey acquired the station in the mid 1990s, the format changed to a quick information format specifically for Cobb County, Georgia. After that failed, the station became a simulcast of WCNN's sports format. In 2004, WFOM switched to a simulcast of WALR's talk format. In 2005, when WALR flipped to Spanish sports, the talk format remained on WFOM. In 2007 WALR briefly simulcast WFOM once again, only to drop the simulcast for sports as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate.

Station alumni[edit]

Former on-air staff include Barry Chase and Scott Woodside, Jack Hurst (sports, former Atlanta Falcons announcer), Rick Ellis, Stan Mason (Kerry Fink), Dale Deason, Keith Connors (WIDE107/Y106,B98.5FM. now in Tampa/St Pete at MAGIC 94.9), Dennis Allen (Stage), Larry Shierbecker, Connie Prichard, Tony Lype, Dain Schult, Scott Evans, Big Hugh "Baby" Jarrett, Garry Kinsey, Oscar Woodall (HayWood Media owner/GM, syndicating: "Today's Sporting News & View" radio commentary, "Woody's Weekend Winners" radio prognostications of HBCU sports and "Afro-American Sports Digest" publication), Mike Adams, Mike Durrett, Bob Middleton, Pete Owen, Boomer (Steve Sutton), Red Jones, Pepper Martin (sports), Jack Jackson (Jack Giesler), Pat Kelly, David Lloyd, Randy K. Riggs, Barry Brooks, John L. Callihan, Mark Shierbecker, Scott Richards (Rick Ruhl), Jon Kirby, Don Yow (Sunday Night Talk Show), Darlene Wofford, Mark McCain, Ross Brittian, Gene Lovin, John Drake, Vicki Kay, Herb Emory (air name Jason Woodside), John Long, Gary Pearcey, Bill Duncan, Rebecca Stevens, Vic Jester, Greg McClure, and David Raye (Ray Beadles), plus Wolfman Jack as a visiting DJ for one show.

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