WNCT (AM)

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WNCT
WNCT beachboogieblues logo.png
City Greenville, North Carolina
Broadcast area Greenville-New Bern
Branding Beach, Boogie, & Blues Radio
Frequency 1070 kHz
Translator(s) W266AV, W290CB, W239BC[1]
Repeater(s) WELS-FM 102.9 Kinston
First air date 1940
Format Beach music
Power 50,000 watts (day)
10,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 57841
Transmitter coordinates 35°36′08″N 77°25′35″W / 35.60222°N 77.42639°W / 35.60222; -77.42639
Former callsigns WGTC (1940–1965)[2]
Former frequencies 1500 kHz (1940–1941)
1490 kHz (1941–1950)
1590 kHz (1950–1972)[3]
Owner Curtis Media Group
(CMG Coastal Carolina, LLC)
Sister stations WIKS, WSFL-FM, WMGV, WXNR
Webcast Listen Live
Website beachboogieandblues.com

WNCT (1070 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a beach music format. Licensed to Greenville, North Carolina, United States, it serves the Greenville-New Bern area. The station is currently owned by Curtis Media Group Inc.

History[edit]

In 1963, Roy H. Park, owner of WNCT-TV, bought WGTC, Greenville's oldest radio station, which broadcast at 5000 watts at 1590 AM, and changed its call letters to WNCT two years later. In 1972, WNCT moved to 1070 and increased to 10,000 watts.[4][3]

Hinton Media Group programmed WNCT when it was "Talk 1070" and aired its programming on Cable Channel 7. In 2006, WNCT increased its daytime power to 50,000 watts. The station also became the first AM in North Carolina to use HD radio.[5]

During 2008, WNCT played contemporary Christian music. The station currently brands itself as "Beach, Boogie and Blues" and plays Carolina Beach Music.

On February 2, 2017, Beasley Media Group announced that it would sell its six stations and four translators in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, North Carolina market, including WNCT, to Curtis Media Group for $11 million to reduce the company's debt; the deal separated the station from WNCT-FM, which was concurrently divested to Inner Banks Media to comply with FCC ownership limits.[6] The sale was completed on May 1, 2017.[7][8]

The beach music format began a simulcast on WELS-FM Kinston on July 1, 2017.[9]

Translators[edit]

In addition to the two main stations, WNCT is relayed by an additional 3 translators to widen its broadcast area. The translators are fed by WIKS-HD2.

Broadcast translators of WNCT
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W239BC 95.7 New Bern, North Carolina 250 D FCC
W266AV 101.1 Jacksonville, North Carolina 250 D FCC
W290CB 105.9 Winterville, North Carolina 250 D FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://beachboogieandblues.com/about-us/
  2. ^ "For the record" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 11, 1965. p. 85.
  3. ^ a b "FCC History Cards for WNCT". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. January 1, 1980. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/rdurw/wnct.html&date=2009-10-26+01:32:35, Retrieved on 2008/08/26.
  5. ^ http://www.talk1070.com/hinton-media-group.asp, Retrieved on 2008/08/26.
  6. ^ Layden, Laura (February 3, 2017). "Beasley to sell six stations in North Carolina for $11 million". Naples Daily News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Consummation Notice (WSFL-FM, etc.)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 3, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Consummation Notice (WNCT-FM)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 3, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Venta, Lance (3 July 2017). "Beach Boogie & Blues Expands To Kinston - RadioInsight". RadioInsight.

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