|City of license||Montgomery, Alabama|
|Slogan||"Powerful Voice of Gospel"|
|First air date||July 26, 1946|
|Power||1,000 watts (day)
143 watts (night)
|Owner||George H. Buck, Jr.
(WMGY Radio, Inc.)
WMGY (800 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Montgomery, Alabama, USA. The station, which began broadcasting in 1946, is owned by George H. Buck, Jr., and the license is held by WMGY Radio, Inc.
This AM station began operations on July 26, 1946, as a daytime-only broadcaster using the callsign WMGY with 1,000 watts of power on 800 kHz under the ownership of the Dixie Broadcasting Company. In November 1958, WMGY was acquired by Radio Montgomery, Inc., as part of the C. A. McClure Stations Group.
In the late 1970s, the station's license was transferred to George H. Buck, Jr., and the longtime country and western music format was replaced with Southern Gospel and religious radio programming. The station has maintained this format for more than 30 years and calls itself "the oldest Christian music station in Montgomery". In March 1982, owner George H. Buck, Jr., reached an agreement to transfer the license for this station to WMGY Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 23, 1982. As of January 2009, George H. Buck, Jr., remains the sole shareholder of licensee WMGY Radio, Inc.
In addition to its local broadcasts, WMGY began streaming its programming over the internet in 2007.
Former on-air staff
Sammy Stephens, who was given his first job at WMGY by Rad Dodson, became a celebrity for his "It's just like a mini-mall" rap advertisements for Flea Market Montgomery. Stephens got his start in broadcasting as the "Candyman," his on-air persona for WMGY and WXVI radio stations.
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- "Station History & Information". WMGY Radio 800 AM. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
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- "Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations (BOA-20071130ANB)". Federal Communications Commission. November 27, 2007.
- Simmons, Darryn (April 20, 2007). "Sammy Stephens: Just like a celebrity". Montgomery Advertiser.
- WMGY official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WMGY
- Radio-Locator Information on WMGY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WMGY