WNGC

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WNGC
City Arcade, Georgia
Broadcast area Northeast Georgia and the Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding 106.1/107.1 Your Georgia Country
Format Country Music / Sports Radio
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 299 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 60810
Callsign meaning North Georgia Country
Former callsigns WGAU-FM (1948-1968)
Former frequencies

95.5 (1968-1999)

owner = Cox Radio
Webcast Listen Live
Website yourgeorgiacountry.com

WNGC (106.1 FM) is a Cox radio station in North Georgia that plays country music; it was at 95.5 from 1968-1999. Its city of license is Arcade with studios in Athens.

Station history[edit]

Prior to December 1996, 106.1 was light rock Mix 106 before switching to country and calling itself "South 106". In the spring of 1999, WSTE built a new tower because at the time they were still in competition with WNGC---just before the two stations would merge. The purpose of the deal was to try to reach a larger audience and give the two Atlanta country stations WKHX "Kicks" 101.5, and WYAY (Y106 at 106.7) some competition.[citation needed]The studios had moved from Toccoa to Gainesville and finally to Athens, but its signal was hard to pick up in the Atlanta area beyond Gwinnett.

While WNGC's city of license is Arcade, the transmitter is located in Lula (in northern Hall County). WNGC's 106.1 signal can be heard in northeast metro Atlanta, Greenville, South Carolina, and as far as Asheville, North Carolina, but the main coverage area is northeast Georgia and the Athens metro area (where the studios are located). Attempts were made in 2001 to move the transmitter to Sugar Hill, but those plans were scrapped.[citation needed]In July 2005 WNGC added former Kicks 101.5 morning host Moby and his syndicated morning show.[citation needed]

In January 2008, it was announced that WNGC was sold (along with sister stations WGMG, WPUP, WRFC, and WGAU) to Cox Radio in Atlanta.[1] On March 7, 2008, WNGC started running ads inviting former Eagle 106.7 listeners to switch to 106.1 WNGC, as WYAY had become an oldies station. In February 2009, WNGC became an affiliate of the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN), and began carrying coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing on weekends.

On June 29, 2015, WNGC began simulcasting on WTSH-FM, rebranding as "106.1/107.1 Your Georgia Country".

Callsigns for 106.1[edit]

  • WLET 1978-1985[citation needed]
  • WZLI 1985-1992
  • WLET 1992-1997
  • WSTE 1997-1999
  • WNGC 1999-Now

Previous frequencies for WNGC[edit]

  • 95.5 (as WGAU-FM 1962-1968, WNGC 1968-1999)[citation needed]
  • 102.5 (as WGAU-FM 1957-1962)
  • 99.5 (as WGAU-FM 1948-1957)

Former Air Staff:

The Georgia Bulldogs[edit]

WNGC-FM is one of many stations that carry The University of Georgia Football Games (along with sister WRFC-AM), something it has done since 1991. Until 2005 WNGC was also the home of UGA men's basketball, which can now be heard on sister station WRFC-AM and on 103.7, ChuckFM.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting & Cable, January 28, 2008.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°22′41″N 83°39′36″W / 34.378°N 83.660°W / 34.378; -83.660