WGOP

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WGOP
City of license Pocomoke City, Maryland
Slogan "Timeless Favorites"
Frequency 540 kHz
First air date 1955
Format Adult standards
Power 500 watts (day)
243 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 5347
Owner Birach Broadcasting
Website WGOP Online

WGOP (540 AM is a radio station licensed to Pocomoke City, Maryland. The station currently airs an adult standards format.

The station is owned by Birach Broadcasting, and has long been under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with Mike Powell.

History[edit]

The 540 AM frequency signed on in 1955 with the WDMV call sign. In the early 1960s, local radio legend "Choppy" Layton began his association with WDMV at the age of fifteen. He left the station for several years, ultimately becoming one of the principals in a new FM Station in Ocean City, Maryland, WKHI.

After divesting himself of his interest in that station, "Choppy" returned to WDMV/WGOP several years ago and lends his voice to commercials and other programming, including a live interview show, broadcast from various businesses in Pocomoke on Friday mornings. WDMV was silent for several years in the mid-1990s. WDMV has had a longstanding application to move to Damascus, Maryland. The station used the WDMV call letters up until July 1, 2004, and still calls itself WDMV at all times, except for legal identification.

Over the years, the station has been home to several formats. They once programmed a gospel music format, as well as oldies, country music and they even simulcast LMA partner WBEY-FM (96.9 FM).

Radio shows that air on both WBEY and WGOP include The Oldies but Goodies Show on Saturday nights, The Old Country and Bluegrass Show on Sunday nights and Light and Easy Cafe on Monday nights.

WGOP is simulcast on sister station WBEY-FM HD Radio subchannel 97.9 HD-3.

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Coordinates: 38°03′11″N 75°34′11″W / 38.05306°N 75.56972°W / 38.05306; -75.56972