WGEM-FM

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WGEM-FM
WGEM-FM logo
City of license Quincy, Illinois
Broadcast area Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk
Branding News/Talk 105
Slogan The Talk of the Tri-States
Frequency 105.1 MHz
First air date August 1, 1947
Format News/talk
ERP 26,500 watts
HAAT 209 meters
Class B
Facility ID 54281
Transmitter coordinates 39°57′4.00″N 91°19′53.00″W / 39.9511111°N 91.3313889°W / 39.9511111; -91.3313889 (WGEM-FM)
Callsign meaning GEM City
Former callsigns WQDI (1947-1953)
Affiliations ABC News Radio
Owner Quincy Newspapers
Sister stations WGEM, WGEM-TV
Website wgemradio.com

WGEM-FM (105.1 FM; "News/Talk 105") is a radio station in Quincy, Illinois broadcasting a news/talk format. The station is owned by Quincy Newspapers.

History[edit]

The station signed on August 1, 1947 as WQDI.[1][2] It was Quincy Newspapers' first broadcasting station, signing on five months before WGEM; it was also the first FM station in the market.[2] The WQDI callsign was retained until 1953, when the station became WGEM-FM to match the AM station and WGEM-TV.[3][4]

For much of its early history, WGEM-FM was a simulcast of WGEM.[5] This ended by 1976, when the station implemented a country music format;[6] "Gem Country" lasted until 2002, when it gave way to the current news/talk format.[7]

Programming[edit]

WGEM-FM's schedule includes the two-hour morning show WGEM News Talk Live!, several news-oriented local programs, as well as simulcasts of WGEM-TV's newscasts and NBC Nightly News. The station also carries some syndicated talk shows, including The Neal Boortz Show, The Clark Howard Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Kim Komando Show, and The Michael Medved Show. WGEM-FM also carries St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 (PDF). 1948. p. 178. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Why Advertise With WGEM Radio?". WGEM.com. June 10, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 (PDF). 1953. p. 131. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1954 (PDF). 1954. p. 130. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 (PDF). 1958. p. A-278. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. C-132. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "About WGEM". WGEM.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 

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