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City of license Bucksport, South Carolina
Broadcast area Myrtle Beach
Branding Gator 107.9
Slogan #1 For New Country
Frequency 107.9 MHz
First air date January 19, 1993
Format Country music
ERP 20,000 watts
HAAT 239 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 3118
Transmitter coordinates 33°35′45.00″N 79°3′11.00″W / 33.5958333°N 79.0530556°W / 33.5958333; -79.0530556
Callsign meaning W GaToR
Owner Qantum Communications Corporation
(sale to Clear Channel Communications pending)
(Qantum of Myrtle Beach License Company, LLC)
Sister stations WLQB, WRXZ, WWXM, WYNA
Webcast Listen Live
Website gator1079.com

WGTR is a country music radio station owned by the Qantum Communications Corporation licensed to Bucksport, South Carolina and serves the Myrtle Beach area. The station is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at 107.9 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 20,000 watts. WGTR goes by the name The Gator and its current slogan is "#1 For New Country, Gator 107.9".


The station went on the air as WGTR on January 19, 1993 with its country music format.[1]

In a deal announced in February 1997, Root Communications Ltd. announced plans to buy eight radio stations owned by Florence, South Carolina-based Atlantic Broadcasting, including WGTR.[2] Qantum Communications Inc. purchased Myrtle Beach's Root Communications Group LP stations in 2003.[3]

In Fall 2013, two-time Country Music Association award winner Jeff Roper became morning host and program director. Adam Dellinger, the show producer, worked with Roper in Greensboro, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas.[4]

On May 15, 2014, Qantum Communications announced that it would sell its 29 stations, including WGTR, to Clear Channel Communications for WALK AM-FM in Patchogue, New York as part of the sale of the WALK stations to Connoisseur Media.[5]


  1. ^ "WGTR Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ Hager-Van Dyke, Charlene (February 20, 1997). "Root Communications Eyes 8 Radio Stations In Carolinas". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. March 16, 2003. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Steve Palisin, "Myrtle Beach area radio stations add holiday tunes to the lineup," The Sun News, November 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (May 15, 2014). "Qantum Sells To Clear Channel; Connoisseur Expands In Long Island". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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