WILC

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WILC
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City of license Laurel, Maryland
Broadcast area Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
Branding "900 AM WILC"
Slogan "Where Liberty Has a Voice"
Frequency 900 AM kHz
Format Conservative Talk
Power 1,900 Watts daytime
500 Watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 28279
Transmitter coordinates 39°4′57.0″N 76°50′19.0″W / 39.082500°N 76.838611°W / 39.082500; -76.838611
Former callsigns WLMD
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Owner ZGS Communications
Operated by Wallis Communications
(ZGS Radio, Inc.)
Sister stations WZDC-CD
Webcast WILC Webstream
Website WILC Online

WILC is a Conservative Talk formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Laurel, Maryland, serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.[1] WILC is owned by ZGS Communications, though operated by Wallis Communications.[2][3]

History[edit]

From 1965[4] to the early 1980s, the station (then WLMD[5]) broadcast a succession of formats in English; several radio personalities began their careers with the station.[6][7][8][9][10]

Before 1969, WLMD was a MOR (Middle Of The Road) formatted radio station and held to the model created by WMAL and WBAL in Washington and Baltimore, respectively. Its dismal ratings, primarily due to it being a relatively low power AM station only broadcasting during the day with a poor coverage area, led to a format change beginning in 1975. The new Progressive Country music format was loved by the small audience it attracted and ratings increased modestly.[citation needed]

On March 14, 2011, WILC flipped to a Spanish Adult Contemporary format as Romantica 900 AM. On February 3, 2014, the station changed formats to Conservative Talk;[11] with a more Libertarian emphasis.[12] On the same date, Wallis Communications began operating the station under a Local Marketing Agreement.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "WILC Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Monday, February 3, 2014". Talk Media, Inc. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Radio and Television Stations". Archives of Maryland Online. Volume 178. page 474. Maryland Manual, 1977–1978. Retrieved on August 25, 2008.
  5. ^ White, Thomas H. "Washington, D.C. AM Station History". Retrieved on May 19, 2007.
  6. ^ "Ken Merson". ultimateoldiesradio.com. Ultimate Oldies Radio. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Ty Ford". ultimateoldiesradio.com. Ultimate Oldies Radio. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Resume". stevethatdjguy.com. Steve Willett. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  9. ^ Chambers, Steve. "Jobs, Jobs, & More Jobs". stevec.us. Steve Chambers. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  10. ^ "98 Rock's Lopez Dies of Lung Cancer". WTOP-FM. Hubbard Broadcasting. May 23, 2005. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Venta, Lance (February 2, 2014). "WILC Shifts to Talk". RadioInsight. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://rbr.com/wilc-am-flips-to-libertarian-talk-in-dc/

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