WMFG (AM)

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WMFG
City of license Hibbing, Minnesota
Broadcast area Iron Range
Branding America's Best Music
Frequency 1240 kHz
First air date October 12, 1935
Format Adult Standards
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 60911
Transmitter coordinates 47°24′30.00″N 92°57′4.00″W / 47.4083333°N 92.9511111°W / 47.4083333; -92.9511111
Former callsigns WGGR (1983-?), WMFG (1935-1983)
Affiliations Westwood One, Dial Global
Owner Midwest Communications
Sister stations KMFG, WMFG, WMFG-FM, WNMT, WTBX, WUSZ
Website wmfgam.com

WMFG (1240 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an Adult Standards format. Licensed to Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, the station serves the Iron Range area. The station is currently owned by Midwest Communications and features programing from Westwood One and Dial Global.[1]

Midwest also owns six radio stations on the Iron Range; KMFG, WMFG, WMFG-FM, WNMT, WTBX, WUSZ. All six stations share the same studio location at 807 W. 37th Street, Hibbing.

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WMFG signed on the air on October 12, 1935 with studios in the Androy Hotel in downtown Hibbing, Minnesota. The station became affiliated with CBS in September, 1937. As a CBS affiliate it carried the famous October 30, 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast. In June, 1942, WMFG dropped CBS and joined the NBC Radio Network. It remained with NBC until the early 1960s. By 1962 it was an independent station. WMFG was one of the original affiliates of the Minnesota Twins Radio Network in 1961. The station joined ABC Radio in 1968 and remained with ABC until the mid-1980s. The station was sold in 1983 and FCC Rules in effect at the time required the call letters be changed. The station was assigned the call letters WGGR on 1983-11-01. On 1987-08-05, the station changed its call sign back to the original WMFG.[2]

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