WAYN (AM)

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WAYN
City Rockingham, North Carolina
Branding "Information Radio"
Frequency 900 AM
Format adult contemporary
Power 1,000 Watts (day)
297 Watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 71152
Transmitter coordinates 34° 55' 30" N, 79° 44' 35" W
Affiliations NCNN (North Carolina News Network) and Fox Sports Radio
Owner WAYN Incorporated

WAYN (900 AM) is a radio station based in Rockingham, North Carolina. The station plays a variety of adult contemporary and easy listening music. It also carries Fox Sports Radio as well as North Carolina State University football and basketball Games.

With a daytime transmission power of 1,000 watts, and a night time transmission power of 297 watts. WAYN broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.[1]

History[edit]

WAYN signed on in 1946. The first voice heard on the station was that of Robert D. Raiford, who later became a commentator for John Boy and Billy. In 2006, morning host Jimmy Smith celebrated 55 years on the station.[2] He was 16 when he started, and still on the air at 76 to celebrate 60 years.[3] Mayor Eugene McLaurin declared Jimmy Smith day in 2001 for his 50th anniversary. Smith retired in 2013 after 62 years.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Richmond County Chamber of Commerce - retrieved on November 16, 2006
  2. ^ Mark Washburn, "55 Years Helping His Town Wake Up - Jimmy Smith Is Voice of the Morning on Rockingham Station," The Charlotte Observer, May 6, 2006.
  3. ^ Mark Washburn, "C-SPAN looks at Charlotte this weekend," The Charlotte Observer, September 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Barry Saunders, "Mornings aren't the same in Rockingham without radio voice of Jimmy Smith," News & Observer, October 9, 2013.