WFFG (AM)

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WFFG
City Marathon, FL[1]
Slogan One Station for all the Keys
Frequency 1300 kHz
Format News/Talk
Power 2,500 watts
Class A
Owner Jonathan L. Smith and Karen Moses-Bowling
(Choice Radio Keys Corporation)

WFFG (1300 AM) is an American radio station licensed to operate in Marathon, Florida, USA in the Florida Keys.

History[edit]

First licensed in 1960, the station was a 500 watt, four-tower directional station built on an inhabited island. Telephone and electrical services were run to the island, exclusively for the station. A drawbridge was built for convenient transportation.

The original owners were Kentucky broadcasters, Bill Betts and Gilmore Nunn, who vacationed in Marathon. In the early 1960s they sold the station to Kentucky financier Garvis Kincaid where it became part of the Bluegrass Broadcasting chain, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.

Bluegrass sold the station to a former Michigan legislator and local resident, Emil Lockwood. Lockwood retained the station for less than three years before selling to competitors, the Thacker family, who then owned WMUM-FM, a music station in Marathon.

The Thackers upgraded the station to 2,500 watts with a two tower directional signal. They sold both the AM and FM stations to Joe Nascone, a local resident formerly from Pennsylvania.

While the FCC database states that the station's transmitter tower is located on Boot Key, as well as the transmitter for Radio Marti. Radio Marti is actually on Sister's Creek Island, adjacent to Boot Key and inside the Marathon City limits.[citation needed]

As of July 2007, the station's programming consists of news/talk, including syndicated programming of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Bill O'Reilly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Physical Location

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°41′28″N 81°06′30″W / 24.69111°N 81.10833°W / 24.69111; -81.10833