WKEW

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WKEW
WKEW logo.png
City of license Greensboro, North Carolina
Slogan The Light 1400
Frequency 1400 kHz
Format Gospel music
Power 1000 Watts
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 36°04′N 79°48′W / 36.067°N 79.800°W / 36.067; -79.800
Owner Truth Broadcasting Corporation
Website 1340thelight.com

WKEW (1400 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Gospel music format. Licensed to Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, the station is currently owned by Truth Broadcasting Corporation.

History[edit]

WGBG ("We're Going to Beat Germany") signed on 10 months before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, playing such artists as Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw.[1]

Rick Dees began his career at WGBG, which was called "Top Gun Radio". Another student at Grimsley High School dared him to audition, and he succeeded.[2][3][4]

Dusty Dunn began his 44-year career at WGBG "when The Beatles were the next big thing." In the early 1980s, he returned to the station (which was WKEW by that time) to do a four-hour morning talk show.Open Line,Greensboro,s first talk show hosted by Ken Karns moved to WKEW in November of 1986 when WBIG Radio signed off[5]

In 1980, Bill Mitchell bought WGBG and changed its letters to WKEW. The station also became the first news/talk station in Greensboro.[6]

On September 4, 1998, WKEW changed to Radio Disney, a radio format designed for children.[1]

Truth Broadcasting bought WKEW in 2000.[7] In January 2001, Radio Disney moved to WCOG and WKEW began airing the same programming as WPOL in Winston-Salem.[8][9]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jeri Rowe, "A Mouse in the House - WKEW , Greensboro's Longtime News-Talk Station, Will Become a Radio Disney Affiliate Today," Greensboro News & Record, September 4, 1998.
  2. ^ http://sd.pikes.org/607/SD607_E.pdf, Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  3. ^ http://www.comicgenius.com/DISCOFEVER/disco_profiles/rick_dees/rick_dees_profile.htm, Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  4. ^ "NAB Award Winner--Rick Dees". Radio Journal (Special NAB Convention Issue). April 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  5. ^ Jeri Rowe, "Greensboro's Voice Is Signing Off," Greensboro News & Record, May 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Jeri Rowe, "'King' of Local Radio Dies at Age 78 - Radio Pioneer Bill Mitchell Helped Introduce Rock 'N' Roll to the City," Greensboro News & Record, December 6, 2000.
  7. ^ "Lorillard Starts Governmental Section," Greensboro News & Record, August 10, 2000.
  8. ^ "Dillon Fence Reunites for N.C. Performances," Greensboro News & Record, December 21, 2000.
  9. ^ "Gospel Music AM Station Is Catching On," Greensboro News & Record, August 2, 2001.

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