WNGC

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WNGC
City of license Arcade, Georgia
Broadcast area North Georgia and the Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding "North Georgia Country 106.1 WNGC"
Slogan "Today's Best Country And Your All-Time Favorites"
Frequency 106.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date May 1, 1948
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 299 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 60810
Callsign meaning North Georgia Country
Former callsigns WGAU
Owner Cox Radio
Sister stations WGMG, WPUP, WRFC, WGAU
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1061wngc.com

WNGC (106.1 FM, "North Georgia Country 106.1") is a radio station in North Georgia that plays country music. Its city of license is Arcade, Georgia with studios in Athens.

Station history[edit]

Early years[edit]

On May 1, 1948, the radio station signed on as WGAU-FM, broadcasting on 99.5 MHz at 3600 watts, simulcasting sister station WGAU-AM. In 1956, the station moved to 102.5 because when Atlanta's channel 11 came on the air in 1951, it created a second harmonic interference. During 1962, WGAU-FM broadcast in stereo for 6 hours, the second station in Georgia to do so. Also in 1962, WGAU-FM moved to 95.5. This was necessary because Channel 8 created a "beat-frequency" with Channel 5 in the Athens area. From 1963 to 1968, Clarke Broadcasting had an agreement with The University of Georgia School of Journalism to allow students to use WGAU-FM for 3 hours, using the format on the air at the time: beautiful music.[citation needed]

In March 1968, WGAU-FM expanded its studios and became WNGC-FM. The following year, WNGC became North Georgia's first full-time country music station, also one of the first in the nation to program country music full-time.[citation needed] In 1976, WNGC went 24 hours a day, and began broadcasting at 100,000 watts from a tower located in Neece, Georgia.[citation needed]

1999 - present[edit]

In 1999, owners Clarke Broadcasting sold the WNGC call letters/studio, along with sister WGAU-AM to Southern Broadcasting. They sold the 95.5 dial position to Cox Radio in Atlanta. Southern Broadcasting already owned WSTE-FM 106.1 in Toccoa/Gainesville, and decided to move 106.1 to Athens. Until the deal was finalized, WNGC was heard on 95.5 and 106.1. The transition was made at the end of a Georgia Bulldogs game, 95.5 went dead for a few seconds, and signed back on as 95-5 The Beat, (WBTS) and 106.1 became WNGC-FM.[citation needed]

Prior to December 1996, 106.1 was a light rock station before switching to country and calling itself "South 106." The studios had moved from Toccoa to Gainesville and finally to Athens. Its signal was hard to pick up in the Atlanta area outside of Gwinnett. In the spring of 1999, WSTE built a new tower because at the time they were still in competition with WNGC, before the two stations merged. The purpose of the deal was to try to reach a larger audience and give the two Atlanta country stations WKHX "Kicks" 101.5, and WYAY (at the time Y106) some competition.

While WNGC's City of License is in Arcade, the transmitter is located in Lula, Georgia (in northern Hall County). WNGC's signal can be heard in Downtown Atlanta, Greenville, South Carolina and in parts of Asheville, North Carolina, but the main coverage area is northeast Georgia and the Athens metro area (where the studios are located). Attempts were made in 2001 to move the transmitter to Sugar Hill in Gwinnett County, but those plans were scrapped.[citation needed]In July 2005 WNGC added former Kicks 101.5 morning mand Moby and his syndicated morning show.

In January 2008, it was announced that WNGC was sold (along with sister stations WGMG, WPUP, WRFC and WGAU) to Cox Radio in Atlanta.[1] On March 7, 2008, WNGC started running ads inviting former Eagle 106.7 listeners to switch to 106.1 WNGC, as WYAY had become an oldies station. In February 2009, WNGC became an affiliate of the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN), and began carrying coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on weekends.

Current programs[edit]

  • Moby in the Morning, mornings (Former Kicks 101.5 morning host, now has a syndicated program)
  • Pete De Graff
  • Saturdays: North Georgia Night Train, WNGC's Classic Country Saturday Night
  • Sundays: North Georgia Night Train, The Gospel Greats,during football season Dawg Talk with Jeff Danztler and former UGA kicker Kevin Butler, Mark Gaffney, CMT's Country Countdown USA

The Georgia Bulldogs[edit]

WNGC-FM is one of the many stations that carry The University of Georgia Football Games (along with sister WRFC-AM), something it has done since January 30, 1991. WNGC was also the home of UGA men's basketball until 2005. It can now be heard on sister station WRFC-AM and on FM 103.7 WXKT. [WXKT-FM].

Previous callsigns for 106.1[edit]

  • WLET-FM 1978-1985
  • WZLI 1985-1992
  • WLET-FM 1992-1997
  • WSTE-FM 1997-1999
  • WNGC 1999-Now

Previous frequencies for WNGC[edit]

  • 95.5 (as WGAU-FM 1962-1968, WNGC-FM 1968-1999)
  • 102.5 (as WGAU-FM/1957-1962)
  • 99.5 (as WGAU-FM/1948-1957)

Former Air Staff

  • Sabrina Gibbons, former Program Director and On Air Personality, is currently Midday News Anchor on WSB 95.5FM/AM750 in Atlanta
  • Tim Ciccarelli, former Morning Show Host, now runs a video production company in Athens
  • Scott Howard former Sports Director and Morning Show Sidekick, became The Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs after Larry Munson retired
  • George Mason Dixion, former Afternoon Show Host, retired from WDUN in 2011
  • Mike Wooten, former News Director,left to become spokesman for Athens Clarke County schools and is now Operations Manager at WRGC Radio at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.
  • Ted Clark, former On Air Personality, is producer of Atlanta's Morning News with Scott Slade on WSB 95.5FM/750 AM in Atlanta.
  • Paul Rea, former host of The Paul Rea Midday is News Director for multiple stations in the Oconee River Broadcasting Group.
  • Deborah Reece, former On Air Announcer, is now the Afternoon Show Host on Kiss 104.1 FM Atlanta

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting & Cable, January 28, 2008.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°22′41″N 83°39′36″W / 34.378°N 83.660°W / 34.378; -83.660