WRMR (FM)

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WRMR
WRMR logo.jpg
City of license Jacksonville, North Carolina
Branding Modern Rock 98.7
Slogan Coastal Carolina's Modern Rock
Frequency 98.7 MHz
First air date April 28, 1965[1]
Format Modern Rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 297 meters (974 feet)
Class C1
Facility ID 47884
Transmitter coordinates 34°29′41″N 77°29′19″W / 34.49472°N 77.48861°W / 34.49472; -77.48861
Callsign meaning W R Modern Rock
Former callsigns WLGD (3/13/2008-1/25/2011)
WILT (4/11/2005-3/13/2008)
WKOO (10/1/1989-4/11/2005)
WRCM[2]
WJNC-FM[3]
Owner Sunrise Broadcasting
Webcast Listen Live
Website modernrock987.com

WRMR (98.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a modern rock format. Licensed to Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, the station serves the Wilmington, North Carolina. Since October 2008, the station has been owned by Sunrise Broadcasting, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capitol Broadcasting Inc of Raleigh, NC, according to FCC filings.[1]

History[edit]

In the 1980s, the station played a country music format as WRCM-FM, "Country 98.7 FM". The station switched to an oldies format in 1989 as WKOO "Kool 98.7".

On April 5, 2005, the format was switched to Westwood One soft adult contemporary ("Lite 98.7"), and the call letters were changed to WILT.[4] The WKOO letters and Westwood One oldies format moved to WANG-FM.[5] Starting July 24, 2006, "Will FM" played adult hits. As of March 31, 2008, the WILT letters and "Will FM" format were moved to the former WRQR in Wilmington.[4]

On March 13, 2008, the call letters changed to WLGD.[2] La Gran D (The Big One) broadcast a Spanish language format featuring popular music, news, and community programming for an area that had a Hispanic population estimated at over 130,000.[6] WLGD featured local live programming as well as satellite based syndicated programs. Station Manager Jeff Sanchez presented a bilingual talk show on Sunday afternoons from 1-3 pm EST, as well as a groundbreaking bilingual show on Wednesday nights at 7pm called "Union Cultural" which attempted to bridge the cultural gap between the American and Hispanic communities in the Wilmington area. Every week the music of a different American or English artist was featured, and short bios were presented in English and Spanish to give a context in which to understand the artist's impact.[citation needed]

In July 2008, Capitol Broadcasting Company announced its purchase of NextMedia Group's Wilmington area stations.[7] The sale was completed on October 1, 2008.[2]

On January 3, 2011, "Coastal Carolina's Modern Rock 98.7" debuted, taking the place of WSFM. Brian Schimmel of Sunrise Broadcasting said the station would focus more on the 1990s than newer songs, and the target audience would be slightly older. The station would focus on the community with local hosts. The format, including commercials, would be "family-friendly".[8]

On January 25, 2011 WLGD changed their call letters to WRMR.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1989 Broadcasting yearbook p. B-216
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ 1968 Broadcasting Yearbook, p. B-119
  4. ^ a b "Wilmington, NC - 104.5 Will FM - Variety Hits". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  5. ^ "New Bern/Morehead City - SAM 105.1 - Variety Hits". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Spanish Radio Station Debuts," The Daily Reflector, April 1, 2008.
  7. ^ "Capitol Broadcasting acquires seven radio stations in deals worth nearly $13M". 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  8. ^ Royal, Judy (2010-12-01). "Surf 98.3 changing to Coastal Carolina’s Modern Rock 98.7". Star-News. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 

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