WBMQ

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WBMQ
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City Savannah, Georgia
Broadcast area Savannah and Vicinity
Branding News-Talk 630 WBMQ
Frequency 630 kHz
First air date 1939 (as WSAV at 1340)
Format News/Talk
Power 4,800 watts (day)
47 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 54800
Former callsigns WSAV (1939-1977)
WKBX (1977-1985)
Former frequencies 1340 kHz (1939-1941)
Affiliations CBS News, ABC News & Talk
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WEAS-FM, WIXV, WJCL-FM, WJLG, WZAT
Webcast Listen Live or
Listen Live
Listen Live via iHeart
Website wbmq.net

WBMQ is a news/talk formatted radio station located in Savannah, Georgia.

History[edit]

Originally known as WSAV, the station operated 250 watts full-time on 1340 kHz, then jumped to 5,000 watts day and night on 630 kHz (three-tower directional nighttime), when the NARBA agreement took effect. Later, due to relocation of the antenna system, the daytime power was reduced to 4,800 watts and the nighttime to 47 watts but without a directional antenna system. For a brief period in the 1950s, WSAV operated an FM station simulcasting WSAV from an antenna atop the middle of the three towers on Oatland Island. WSAV-TV (channel 3) was the second television station in Savannah.

The station was sold to Beasley Broadcasting in 1977 who changed the call letters to WKBX. The station from top-40 to religious in 1981 to country in 1983, before changing to WBMQ and playing oldies in 1985.

The station changed to talk in 1990.

WKBX and WSGF (now WIXV) moved to the WSAV radio transmitter site on Oatland Island in 1977.

The station is currently owned by Cumulus Broadcasting, which also owns WZAT, WIXV, WEAS-FM, and WJLG. All of the stations broadcast from studios on Television Circle in Savannah.

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Coordinates: 32°03′51″N 81°00′52″W / 32.06417°N 81.01444°W / 32.06417; -81.01444