WGAM

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WGAM/WGHM
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City WGAM: Manchester, New Hampshire
WGHM: Nashua, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Manchester area
Branding ESPN New Hampshire
Slogan New Hampshire Sports Radio
Frequency WGAM: 1250 kHz
WGHM: 900 kHz
First air date WGAM: October 2, 1946[1]
WGHM: March 23, 1992[2]
Format Sports
Audience share 0.8 (Fa'07, R&R[3])
Power WGAM: 5,000 watts
WGHM: 910 watts day
60 watts night
Class WGAM: B
WGHM: D
Facility ID WGAM: 57088
WGHM: 41256
Transmitter coordinates 43°0′40.00″N 71°30′19.00″W / 43.0111111°N 71.5052778°W / 43.0111111; -71.5052778
Callsign meaning The GAME (former branding)
Former callsigns WGAM:
WKBR (1946–2007)
WGHM:
WMVU (1992–2002)
WOTW (2002–2003)
WSNH (2003–2006)
WGAM (2006–2007)
Affiliations ESPN Radio, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Dial Global
Owner Absolute Broadcasting, LLC
Sister stations WSMN
Webcast Listen Live
Website espnnhradio.com

WGAM (1250 AM) and WGHM (900 AM) are simulcasting radio stations broadcasting a sports talk format named ESPN New Hampshire in Fall of 2012. WGAM is licensed to Manchester, New Hampshire, WGHM to Nashua, New Hampshire, USA. The stations serve southern New Hampshire. The stations are locally owned by Absolute Broadcasting, LLC and feature ESPN Radio programming like Mike and Mike, along with The Dan Patrick Show and some local programming; the station has also been an affiliate for Boston Red Sox games, Boston Bruins games, Notre Dame Football games and Westwood One sports programming.[4] Starting September 15, 2014, WGAM added the Glenn Ordway streaming show "Big Show Unfiltered" weekdays at 3 p.m. After Ordway ended his show, the station returned to locally produced sports talk in the afternoons, early evenings and weekends. The station is known for devoting many hours per week covering local high school sports with play by play of individual games as well as a weekly compilation show featuring up to a dozen correspondents reporting live from high school games across the state. Several station alumni have gone on to prominent sports broadcasting careers including Mike Mutnansky, Rich Keefe and Christian Arcand on Boston's WEEI-FM.

History[edit]

WGAM[edit]

Initial "The Game" logo, used from March 2006 until October 2009.

WGAM was previously known as WKBR, which had been a popular Top 40 music station [1] in earlier decades, then switched to carrying One on One Sports and a country music format then finally satellite delivered oldies.[2]. On March 20, 2006 the current sports format debuted. Slogan is New Hampshire Sports Radio, WGAM, The Game. [3]

Initially affiliated with Fox Sports Radio, the station switched to ESPN Radio in October 2009.[5]

WGHM[edit]

Logo from October 2009 (following the switch to ESPN Radio) until the rebrand to "ESPN New Hampshire" in 2012.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s the station flipped formats several times, including oldies, both on their own and simulcasting WMEX from Farmington, New Hampshire [4]. In 2004 the station carried Nashua Pride baseball games [5]. Previous to the simulcast with WGAM, the station held the WGAM calls and carried ESPN Radio, however the network changed to Fox Sports Radio in 2006 and Absolute moved the WGAM calls to the more powerful 1250 frequency. Previous to the ESPN format, the station's call letters were WSNH. Other call signs held are WMVU and WOTW. WGHM were originally the call letters of 1150 AM in Skowhegan, Maine (Currently WSKW).

Shows[edit]

In June 2012 WGAM and WGHM added three live, local sports talk programs to their weekday lineup. The Home Team With Matt Perrault remained in the afternoon 3-6pm slot until March 2014.

Christian and King

Debuting in May 2012, "Christian And King" is hosted by Christian Arcand and long-time sportswriter for the Nashua Telegraph, Tom King. "Christian And King" airs weekdays from 12-3pm.

The Big Show Unfiltered

On September 15, 2014, The Big Show Unfiltered debuted as the afternoon drive program on ESPN New Hampshire. The show, hosted by Glenn Ordway, served as Ordway's return to terrestrial radio since his departure from WEEI-FM.[6] The show is simulcast on SportsTalkBoston.com and Sirius/XM, and features a revolving cast of co-hosts and guests. "The Big Show Unfiltered" airs weekdays from 3-6pm.

High School Insiders

Hosted Nick Anastos

Friday Night Lights

WGAM runs a weekly high school football wrap-around show every Friday from 6pm-11pm during the season. Nick Anastos and Rich Flerra anchor in-studio while numerous correspondents from games all over the state call in with live scores and updates.

Granite State Golf Show debuted April 3, 2016. The show hosted by George Slyman airs Saturday mornings from 9-10. Covers PGA, Euro, LPGA, State, Regional and local golf topics. Special guests are often invited in-studio or on scheduled calls.

Sports Variety Society[7]

Debuted April 12, 2016 as an evening sports, pop culture and current events show. It runs every thursday night from 7-8 during the Red Sox Season. Hosted by Chris DeTurk and featuring a rotating team of co-hosts including Doug & Jeff Starbird, Paul Alphen, and the Chris Emery Band. The show features various comedic bits and takes live phone calls.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brouder, Ed. "WKBR Reunion". Man from Mars Productions. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Dean (March 24, 1992). "Talk radio hits airwaves in southern New Hampshire". Boston Herald. p. 43. Retrieved December 24, 2011.  (preview of subscription content)
  3. ^ "Manchester Market Ratings". Radio & Records. 
  4. ^ "WGAM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  5. ^ "ESPN Radio to Launch on New Hampshire Duo". Radio Online. October 6, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140913/SPORTS/140919584&source=RSS&template=printart
  7. ^ "Sports Variety Society". Sports Variety Society. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 

External links[edit]

WGHM data