WZGC

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WZGC
City of license Atlanta, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding 92-9 The Game
Frequency 92.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
92.9 HD-2 for Dave Roots (currently off-air)
First air date September 1, 1955 (as WGKA-FM)
Format Sports Talk
ERP 66,000 watts
HAAT 340 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 13805
Callsign meaning "We're Z-93, General Cinema"
(former branding and owners)
Former callsigns WGKA-FM (1955-1972)
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WAOK, WVEE, WUPA
Webcast 92.9 The Game
92.9 dave roots
Website 929thegame.com

WZGC FM ("92.9 The Game") is an Atlanta FM radio station broadcasting a sports talk radio format. WZGC is owned by CBS Radio, along with WVEE FM 103.3 and WAOK AM 1380. It shares studios with the other two sister stations at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta and has a transmitter in unincorporated DeKalb County west of Emory University.

WZGC HD2 (currently off-air) carried an Americana format branded as "Dave Roots".

History[edit]

WGKA-FM to Z-93[edit]

The station was one of the most rigid Atlanta FM radio stations in terms of name and callsign. Prior to 1972, it was the first full-time FM Atlanta classical music station, with the call letters WGKA-FM. It changed to WZGC in 1972, when it began as an album-oriented rock station. It switched to Top 40 in March 1973 as "Z-93", then to an urban format during the summer of 1987, and then to classic rock in January 1989, while retaining the "Z-93" moniker.

Dave FM to 92.9 The Game[edit]

The name change to "Dave FM" and format switch to adult album alternative came on July 22, 2004, following a stunt featuring all-Dave Matthews Band music. Dave FM's first song was "Orange Crush" by R.E.M..

Throughout its run as "Dave", the station maintained decent ratings, though it was never an overall winner. However, in the summer of 2011, the station began dropping in the ratings. Due to this, CBS announced in July 2012 that the station will flip to sports-talk in October. [1]Dave's final day of programming, which started on September 29 after a three-day radiothon for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, consisted of the on-air staff hosting final shifts (including Steve Craig, Jill, Mara Davis, Charles, Yvonne Monet, Sully, Renee and Margot), as well as a "Top 92 Songs of Dave FM" countdown. Around 12:20 AM on September 30, Dave FM ended regular programming with "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons (the #1 song in the countdown) and "Atlanta" by Butch Walker. The station ran on automation until the flip on October 24 at 2 PM. The final song on "Dave" was "Thank You Friends" by Big Star. The format would return to the market the following March 28 on WRDA FM 105.7 (and simulcast WRDG FM 96.7), whose playlist is a cross between Dave and the former 99X.

Former DJs[edit]

  • Elvis Duran. Doing evenings with sidekick "Hot Henrietta" during the late '80s. Elvis's morning show is now heard on "Power 96.1".
  • World Famous Steve Taylor (nights 1978-1980). His live DJ shows at Six Flags in 1979 drew audiences of 5,000 to 15,000 at the height of the disco era. Taylor later became Program Director of WXBQ-FM in 1982, in the wake of the "urban cowboy" era. Under his guidance, he built the highest rated per capita "modern" country station in the US (21.1 12+ ARB spring 1984). WXBQ remains a cornerstone of the country music industry today. Steve still makes personal appearances with his groundbreaking mobile DJ show < http://www.TaylorDJ.com > . His voice has been heard on TV and Radio commercials from coast to coast.
  • Robbie Spears 1984-1991 - overnights (Hit Radio Z-93), part-time (Hot New Z-93), middays - Classic Cafe (Z-93 Classic Rock)now part-time on 94.9 Lite FM.
  • Bob Bailey (afternoons - Traffic Jam & Jokes, Blues Sunday)
  • Jimmy Baron and Yvonne Monet (co-hosts of Music Mornings)
  • Christopher "Crash" Clark (traffic on Music Mornings), now co-host and traffic anchor of The Ryan Cameron Morning Show on the sister station, V-103
  • Steve Barnes (host of the All Access morning show)
  • Holly Firfer (co-host of the "All Access" morning show)
  • Eric (afternoon drive 2004-2006, Dave on Demand Feature)
  • Tim Orff (mornings and late nights)
  • Steve Craig
  • Mara Davis
  • Rich "Sully" Sullivan
  • Renee Washington
  • Margot Chobanian (Assistant Program Director/Music Director) Started EAVradio [1] in late 2012.
  • Jill
  • Greg Clarkson
  • Charles Sherman
  • "Reverend" Andy Hawley (late nights and weekends) Now found online working for Garage 71 [2] radio.
  • The Fat Mattress (morning show) with Chase and Woodside. Once the morning show was finished, Scott Woodside was heard doing traffic part-time, along with running a pen business and currently works part-time at Atlanta's Kicks 101.5 WKHX
  • Slats (morning show) with producer Jeff. Slats' catchphrase was "How ya doing?"
  • Jeff Dunham (Sunday night - Jambands)
  • Moby (mornings) was the morning show for six months in 2002-03 after he was let go from WKHX-FM Kicks 101.5. He now hosts a national country-music morning show. Heard locally on 106.1 WNGC in Athens, South 107 in Rome and 92.5 the Bear on the south side.
  • Kaedy Kiely (drivetime) was afternoon drivetime host for several years before Z93 became Dave in 2004. Now at 97.1 The River.
  • The Greaseman (syndicated morning show), with local producer Roger King.
  • Caroline (evenings)
  • Jason Davis (weekends), www.jasondavis.com
  • Charles Henry (overnights)
  • Chase Daniels (overnights) from August 2000 - February 2002.
  • Adam Caskey (overnights)
  • "Chris James" Sechler (weekends) ran "Southern Rock at 8 O'clock", a Saturday night request based show while serving as station Public Affairs Director and Falcons Radio personnel from 2002 until the format switch in 2004. From there, he moved into a production based role as Production Director for Atlanta Falcons Radio and as a Production Assistant for Dave FM.
  • Randy Miller (morning show) from 1986 until the end of 1988, just prior to Z93's switch to classic rock.
  • Steve McCoy (morning show) with Program Director John Young and Jay Andrews producer during the early 1980s through 1986, when McCoy departed to join Power 99. He was partnered with Vikki Locke at WSTR Star 94 until fall 2007 when Locke retired due to medical reasons. McCoy returned on air with Locke on B98.5 WSB-FM on July 1, 2008.
  • Chris Thomas (afternoons) also was Assistant Program Director and Music Director from 1982 through 1986. After a short stint at then Power-99 (now 99X), moved to WGST (News/Talk) as Sports Anchor/Talk-show host under real name, Dale Mitchell. Now living in Chattanooga and operates Announcerboy Productions [3] as a voice talent.
  • Mary Glenn Lassiter (mornings), worked with both Steve McCoy and Randy Miller.
  • Doug Banks (nights 1978) Later became famous for his nationally syndicated Urban music radio show from Chicago.
  • Ross & Wilson's radio show became so popular that the team moved from Atlanta to New York City, to become the last great morning show on the Legendary AM WABC.
  • Jay Andrews (overnights) worked from 1981 to 1984 and became the first McCoy show morning producer. Now VP Broadcasting for Jacobs Media [4], mornings on MAJIC 1029 [5] (SuperHits) Gainesville, Georgia and voiceover talent [6].
  • Bob Carter did traffic mornings on Dave FM as part of the Music Mornings with Jimmy, as well as covering weekends.
  • Frank Madeo

Z-93 DJs - Top 40 years 1973-1987[edit]

  • Ross Brittain and Brian Wilson "Ross & Wilson" (afternoons 1978-1980)
  • Steve McCoy/John Young/Mary Glenn Lassiter (mornings)
  • Randy Miller (mornings 1986-1988)
  • Lee Sommers (mornings 1973-1974)
  • Joe Gale (Gale E. Klappa) News Director (1973-1975)(Now Chairman, President & CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corporation)
  • (Barry) Chase & (Scott) Woodside (mornings 1975-78)
  • Bill Wade (midday 1973-1974)
  • Jay Taylor (midday)
  • Randy Reeves (midday)
  • Michael Lee Scott (Program Director & afternoons 1973-1976)
  • Dale O'Brien (afternoons)
  • Chris Thomas (afternoons)
  • Jerry Cain (evenings 1973-1974)
  • Steve Rivers (late night 1973-1975)
  • Dan Mason (evenings then Program Director 1976-1978)
  • Shotgun Cook (evenings)
  • Machine Gun Gary (evenings)
  • World Famous Steve Taylor (nights 1978-1980)
  • Michelle (evenings)
  • Steve Davis (nights)
  • Mel Cargle (nights then morning news with Steve McCoy in 1983)
  • Lindsey (nights)
  • Steve Mapel (late nights)
  • Bobby Knight (overnights)
  • Jay Andrews (overnights)
  • Robbie Spears (overnights)
  • Steve Mapel (late nights)
  • Jay Andrews (overnights)
  • Doug Banks (1978)
  • Kris O'Kelley (Program Director)
  • Gene Lovin (Nights - '76-'78)
  • John Young (Program Director)
  • Beau Bock (sports)
  • Shadow Stevens (went to Kicks after Z93,then went into acting)
  • Bill Brown (a.k.a. "The Rumson Kid" from WNEW-FM NYC, Scott Muni protege, guest hosted regularly)
  • Rick Hangin (evenings 1998-2000)
  • Michael Cameron (overnights 1987-1989)
  • Scott Evans (overnights - Lighten Up - Morning Show Producer 1981-1996)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodney Ho (2010-11-30). "Confirmed: rock station 92.9/Dave FM going sports talk in the early fall | Radio & TV Talk". Blogs.ajc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 

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