WDGG

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WDGG
City Ashland, Kentucky
Broadcast area Huntington, West Virginia
Ashland, Kentucky
Ironton, Ohio
Branding 93.7 The Dawg
Slogan Country Favorites and Fun
Frequency 93.7MHz
First air date October 1948 (as WCMi-FM)
Format Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 226 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 21436
Callsign meaning WDoGG (Dawg)
Former callsigns WCMI-FM (1948-70)
WAMX-FM (1970-88)
WRVC-FM (1988-90s)
Affiliations CBS (1945-59, 1960-72)
ABC (1972-83)
Owner Fifth Avenue Broadcasting Company, Inc. (dba Kindred Communications)
Webcast Listen Live
Website 937thedawg.com

WDGG (93.7 FM) is one of several country music formatted radio stations in the Huntington, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky, and Ironton, Ohio, market area. Although the Dawg's studios are located in Huntington, its city of license is Ashland following the original Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocation of its predecessor WCMI-FM. The Dawg is the flagship station of the Marshall University sports radio network. The station along with WCMI-FM, WMGA, WXBW, WRVC-AM, and WCMI-AM are owned by Huntington-based Kindred Communications.

WDGG has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts and is licensed to the city of Ashland. West Virginia is an FCC Zone I state, which means that the station would be allowed to have only 50,000 watts of maximum power if the city of license were transferred to Huntington.

History[edit]

The station signed on the air in October 1948 as WCMI-FM in Ashland as a simulcast of its AM sister station WCMI's broadcast schedule. The call letters were said to refer to the steel industry of Ashland as "Where Coal Meets Iron".

On November 20, 1970, the call letters were changed to WAMX-FM and ownership was transferred to W. Richard Martin and Stereo 94, Inc. The station broadcast with an adult contemporary music format and experimented with an album oriented rock format at night during the early 1970s.

In the mid-1970s, WAMX-FM (also known as 94X) adopted a contemporary hit radio (CHR) format until its sale to Storer broadcasting in 1983. With the sale, the studios moved to nearby Huntington, and the station adopted an album oriented rock format (AOR).[1] On April 30, 1988, the call letters representing the River Cities were adopted and the license became known as WRVC-FM.[2] The dormant WAMX call sign was adopted by an unrelated station (at 106.3 MHz) in the Huntington market on January 6, 1997.[3] The WDGG call letters were granted by the FCC on February 6, 1995.[2]

WDGG is a full-time country station that also carries Marshall football and men's basketball. WDGG's sister stations include the following:

  • WRVC, also known as Super Talk 94.1 FM and AM 930, is a 5,000-watt station (daytime) carrying sports for about 21 of 24 hours on-air from the nation's sports leader, ESPN. Events include Marshall sports (football and men's basketball also on WDGG; AM also carries women's basketball and baseball), Triple Crown racing, NFL, NCAA football and basketball, NBA, NHL, IRL-Indy 500, NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and Spring Valley High School football and boys' basketball. The station has been known as WSAZ and WGNT.
  • WCMI 1340 AM is a progressive talk station operating with 1,000 watts from a tower in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. This facility carries some sporting events, including West Virginia Power baseball, Spring Valley boys' basketball, and NCAA football and basketball

Programming[edit]

Notable weekday programming on WDGG includes Julie Reeves Live in the morning, T on middays, Crawdawg in afternoons, The Lia Show in evenings, and The Big Time with Whitney Allen overnight.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Miller (ed.). "History of WCMI, Ashland, KY". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b "WDGG Call Letter History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ "WAMX Call Letter History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 

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Coordinates: 38°23′13″N 82°39′43″W / 38.387°N 82.662°W / 38.387; -82.662