WOHS

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For the Shelby, North Carolina radio station that held the call sign WOHS at 730 AM until 2009, see WZGV.
WOHS
WOHS Real Country logo.jpg
City of license Shelby, North Carolina
Branding Real Country 1390
Frequency 1390 kHz
Format Classic Country
Power 700 watts day
16 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 70669
Transmitter coordinates 35°19′28.00″N 81°32′0.00″W / 35.3244444°N 81.5333333°W / 35.3244444; -81.5333333
Former callsigns WADA (?-1984)
WCCS (1984-1985)
WADA (1985-2010)
Affiliations Citadel Media's Real Country
Owner HRN Broadcasting, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://site.realcountry1390.com

WOHS (1390 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Classic Country format. Licensed to Shelby, North Carolina, USA, the station is currently owned by HRN Broadcasting, Inc. but leased by KTC Broadcasting, and features programming from Citadel Media's Real Country.

History[edit]

Billy James of John Boy and Billy started his career at WADA, later moving to WCGC and then WAAK.[1]

The station was originally licensed as WADA. Debbie A. Clary became president and general manager of WADA in 1986 and later made the decision to change from country music to talk radio.[2] WADA was one of the first radio stations in the Charlotte area to carry Rush Limbaugh, airing the show even before WBT.[3] Clary became a state legislator in 1995[2] and sold the radio station in 1999.[4] Edwin Johnson sold the station to HRN Broadcasting in 2006.[5]

In 2004, Tim Biggerstaff, a DJ for more than 20 years, was still hosting his show on WCSL and WLON despite diabetes-related health problems.[6] Later he moved to Lincolnton-based Hometown Radio's Shelby operation. On WADA he played classic country music, and he hosted a "Swap Shop" show on WGNC and WOHS. By this time he had experienced a kidney transplant and two pancreas transplants. On Memorial Day 2007, while on the air, Biggerstaff had a seizure and asked for help on the air, and a listener called 911. He ended up being interviewed by BBC London, Today and People Magazine.[7]

On January 5, 2009, WADA returned to the former WOHS studios in Shelby after having been located in Lincolnton. Calvin Hastings, president of KTC Broadcasting and the station's morning host, said, "All we want to be is a hometown radio station." Hastings said the station would air local and professional sports and that Andy Foster and David Allen would return. KTC was leasing the station but planned to buy it, which led to the move.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chip Wilson, "Radio Rabble-Rousers," The Charlotte Observer, Sunday, January 9, 1994.
  2. ^ a b Carol D. Leonnig, "New Lawmaker Taking Rest Home Issue to Heart," The Charlotte Observer, Monday, May 22, 1995.
  3. ^ Tim Funk, "Listen Up: From 'Radio Free Bubba' to 'The Shadow,' Area Radio's Ready to Turn You On," The Charlotte Observer, July 12, 1991.
  4. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/ftp/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap990503.txt, Retrieved on 2008/10/28.
  5. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting and Cable, April 3, 2006.
  6. ^ Joe DePriest, "New Friend Offers Gift for Ailing DJ," The Charlotte Observer, April 14, 2004.
  7. ^ Joe DePriest, "DJ's Listeners Friends in Need and in Deed," The Charlotte Observer, June 7, 2007.
  8. ^ Rebecca Clark, "Local Radio Returns to Shelby," The Shelby Star, January 8, 2009.

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