WPET

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WPET
City of license Greensboro, North Carolina
Branding Inspiration Station
Frequency 950 kHz
Format Southern Gospel/Religious
Power 540 watts day
41 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 71271
Owner Entercom Communications
(Entercom License, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website wpetam950.com

WPET (950 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious format. Licensed to Greensboro, NC, USA, it serves Piedmont North Carolina. The station is currently owned by Entercom Communications.

History[edit]

Wayne Nelson put WPET on the air, in June 1954. In the late 1950s, WPET was Greensboro's first rock and roll station.[1]

For a few years starting in 1954, "Merrill the Pearl" Watson hosted a gospel music show on WPET, but many of his listeners didn't realize that he was also host of "Sugarfoot's Rhythm and Blues Express.[2]"

In 1967, under the Ownership of MIDO Communications and Station Manager (and part owner), Mr. Tom Armshaw, WPET began airing Southern gospel music full-time.[3]

After WKEW became a Radio Disney affiliate in 1998, WPET hired WKEW's Andy Durham as its sports director. Durham started a local sports talk show, and WPET began airing high school football and basketball. Starting with the 1999 season, WPET began airing the games of Greensboro's minor league baseball team, then known as the Bats.[4] Later, UNCG basketball and minor league hockey were added.[5] While WPET is still active with evening and weekend sports programming, WPET takes great pride in continuing the Gospel in song and word. In 2007, WPET received a certificate of Congressional recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community, signed by Congressman Howard Coble.

Dave Compton, who came to work at WPET in 1978 at age 19, remains with the station now, with over 30 years of service. Dave serves as station Program Director, while Jim Scott heads up sports programming, Bahakel Communications sold WPET and WKSI to Entercom in 2001.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeri Rowe, "'King' of Local Radio Dies at Age 78 - Radio Pioneer Bill Mitchell Helped Introduce Rock 'N' Roll to the City," Greensboro News & Record, December 6, 2000.
  2. ^ Tanya N. Ballard, "Radio Legend Still Riding High on the Local Airwaves," Greensboro News & Record, October 11, 1997.
  3. ^ "WPET Marks 30 Years of Broadcasting," Greensboro News & Record, September 18, 1997.
  4. ^ Jeri Rowe, "Bats Games Can Be Heard on Local Radio - A Southern Gospel Station Becomes Voice for Gate City Sports," Greensboro News & Record, April 8, 1999.
  5. ^ Bill Hass, "Local Radio Station Beefing Up Sports Coverage," Greensboro News & Record - August 21, 1999.
  6. ^ Jamie Kritzer, "New Owners, Economy Spur Cuts at Radio Stations," Greensboro News & Record, December 6, 2001.

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Coordinates: 36°03′42″N 79°47′35″W / 36.06167°N 79.79306°W / 36.06167; -79.79306