WLFF

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WLFF
City of license Georgetown, South Carolina
Broadcast area Grand Strand
Branding Nash FM 106.5
Slogan Country For Life
Frequency 106.5 MHz
First air date 1982 (as WAZX at 106.3)
Format Country music
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 150 meters
Class C2
Facility ID 63932
Transmitter coordinates 33°26′20.00″N 79°8′11.00″W / 33.4388889°N 79.1363889°W / 33.4388889; -79.1363889
Callsign meaning WoLFF
Former callsigns WSHG (?-1982)
WAZX (1982-1988)
WSYN (1988-2008)
Former frequencies 106.3 MHz (1982-1988)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations WJXY-FM, WDAI, WSEA, WSYN, WHSC
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (iHeart)
Website nashfm1065.com

WLFF, known on-air as Nash FM 106.5, is a country music FM radio station in Georgetown, South Carolina. The station is owned by Cumulus Broadcasting and broadcasts with an ERP of 50 kW.

History[edit]

For the history of the country format prior to the move to 106.5, see WSYN.

106.5 was previously WAZX, a top 40 station in Georgetown, South Carolina at 106.3.[1] In 1988, the station increased its power to 50,000 watts and changed to the Sunny 106.5 name and WSYN call letters, with a hot adult contemporary format. During this time in 1988, the WSYN-FM Sunny 106.5 studios were moved to a small Frontage Road Studio off of U.S. Highway 17 By-Pass in Surfside Beach (next door to the offices of Clearview Cable TV that then became Jones Intercable in late 1988). The move of the studios to Surfside Beach and the name change to Sunny 106.5 generated a huge advertising campaign in the local media and a newly designed Sunny 106.5 logo.

From 1990 to April 2008 WSYN was known as "Oldies Radio Sunny 106.5 FM".

During its heyday of playing oldies radio on the coast of South Carolina, WSYN was owned by Seacoast Radio Company LLC and was South Carolina Broadcasters Association Station of The Year in 1996 and 1997.[2]

Oldies Radio Sunny 106.5 employed an on-air reverb effect, producing a "bigger than life" sound, and served as home to many well-known local talents including Kemosabi Joe, "The Freakin' Deacon", Diane Costello, Michael Parnell, djrockinray, Sissy Hall, Robert Kessler, and Lou Krieger.

Horry County Council Chair Liz Gilland at one time hosted a Sunday morning gospel program on the station.

Syndicated weekly programs included "The Charlie Byrd Beach Blast", "Mike Harvey's Super Gold", "American Gold with Dick Bartley" and "Beatle Brunch".[citation needed]

Cumulus Media bought WSYN, WJXY, WJXY-FM, WXJY, WDAI, and WSEA in its first year of existence.[3]

In 1999, Mike Lawrence took over as operations manager for Cumulus' Myrtle Beach stations and became afternoon DJ on WSYN. Cumulus market manager David Lewis said the among the changes planned was getting rid of the reverb effect and updating the playlist. Also, midday DJ Gary "Deacon" Dawson and morning host Kemosabe Joe traded shifts. Dawson was in his fifth year at WSYN, starting with the night shift and later moving to afternoons.[4][5] Although WSYN considered moving away from '50s' music, the station began "spotlighting" them.[6]

Frank Barnhill served as the News and Sports Director for the station during two different tenures, for many years dating back to the 1990s. His position was eliminated by Market Manager Layne Ryan in May, 2007.[citation needed]

On April 2, 2008, Al Connors and Krieger, the only DJs still working for the station, said they were told "restructuring" was planned and they too would lose their jobs.[7]

On April 7, 2008, WYAK moved to 106.5, keeping the country format, and changing its name to 106.5 The Wolf.[8] Sunny 106.5 moved to 103.1 FM.[9] Less than two weeks after WYAK's re-incarnation as WLFF, Cumulus changed WLFF to 106.5 The Coyote. A likely reason was the proximity of 96.9 The Wolf in Charleston, S.C.; both country stations overlap in Georgetown County.

On September 6, 2013, WLFF kept the country format, but underwent a name change to Nash FM 106.5.[10] On February 10, 2014, program director Night Train moved to afternoons, with his morning show replaced by America's Morning Show.[11] Nash Nights Live airs during the evening hours, Kickin' It with Kix during the overnight hours, and American Country Countdown is heard on weekends.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toby Eddings, "WYAK changes its lineup and image," The Sun News, Apr. 25, 1999.
  2. ^ http://www.scba.net/documents/StationsoftheYear-Web.pdf
  3. ^ Toby Eddings, "John Boy and Billy jump ship to 100.3," The Sun News, Jan. 17, 1999.
  4. ^ Toby Eddings, "Mike Lawrence fine-tunes WSYN," The Sun News, Mar. 7, 1999.
  5. ^ Toby Eddings, "Holli Heart wins national award," The Sun News, Mar. 14, 1999.
  6. ^ Toby Eddings, "Your turn: Readers offer their two cents," The Sun News, Mar. 28, 1999.
  7. ^ "Sunny 106.5 DJs: Radio Station Fired Us," The Sun News, April 4, 2008.
  8. ^ "WYAK Flips Frequencies With WSYN, Becomes 'The Wolf'". allaccess.com. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  9. ^ Steve Palisin, "Radio Format and Station Changes in Progress," The Sun News, September 7, 2008.
  10. ^ Palisin, Steve (September 27, 2013). "Changes afoot across Myrtle Beach area radio stations". The Sun News. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Palisin, Steve (February 16, 2014). "Myrtle Beach-area radio stations change up some shows". The Sun News. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "If You Listen". The Sun News. February 16, 2014. p. 2C. 

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