WREC

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WREC
WREC logo.png
City of license Memphis, Tennessee
Broadcast area Memphis, Tennessee
Branding Newsradio 600
Frequency 600 kHz (also on HD Radio) WEGR 102.7 FM HD-2 (simulcast)
First air date September 22, 1922
Format News Talk Information
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 58396
Transmitter coordinates 35°11′51.00″N 90°0′31.00″W / 35.1975000°N 90.0086111°W / 35.1975000; -90.0086111
Callsign meaning Wooten Radio and Electric Company[1]
Former callsigns KFNG (1922-1926)
Affiliations AP Radio, Fox News Radio, Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(CC Licenses)
Sister stations KJMS, WDIA, WEGR, WHAL-FM, WHRK
Under LMA: KWAM
Webcast Listen Live
Website 600wrec.com

WREC (600 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Memphis, Tennessee, USA, the station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications.[2][3] The station is also broadcast on HD radio.[4]

In the fall of 2006, WREC assumed the broadcast rights for the football and basketball teams of the University of Memphis. Before carrying the Tigers, the station had long been the Memphis affiliate for Tennessee Volunteers football and basketball, and had carried the Vols longer than any station in Tennessee.

History[edit]

The station signed on for the first time on September 22, 1922 as KFNG, owned by electrical engineer and radio dealer Hoyt Wooten. The station operated from a 10-watt transmitter in his father's home in Coldwater, Mississippi. In 1925, it moved to Whitehaven, Tennessee (now a part of Memphis) and adopted its current calls. It originally shared the 600 AM frequency with WOAN in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee's first commercial radio station. The two stations merged in 1929, and WREC moved to studios in the basement of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, where it would remain for over 40 years.

Eventually, the station spawned an FM station (now WEGR) and Memphis' CBS television affiliate (now WREG-TV). Wooten sold his stations to Cowles Communications in 1963, earning a handsome return on his original investment of 40 years earlier.

Programming[edit]

WREC includes mostly conservative talk show hosts, with programs hosted by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Todd Schnitt. Nationally syndicated shows round out the program schedule such as The Mutual Fund Show with Adam Bold, Handel on the Law, Coast to Coast, Bob Costas on the Radio and Kim Komando.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  2. ^ "WREC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "WREC Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ "HD Radio Station Guide". HD Radio. iBiquity. 

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