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City Florence, South Carolina
Broadcast area Florence, South Carolina
Branding ESPN 98.9
Frequency 1230 kHz
Translator(s) 98.9 W255BD (Darlington)
First air date 1937
Format Sports
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 73400
Transmitter coordinates 34°13′48.00″N 79°44′49.00″W / 34.2300000°N 79.7469444°W / 34.2300000; -79.7469444
Former callsigns WOLS (1937-2005)
WTIX - 12/01/2005
WOLS - 06/22/2006
WOLH - 02/12/2008[1]
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Community Broadcasters, LLC

WOLH (1230 AM) is a radio station airing a sports format known as "ESPN 98.9". Licensed to Florence, South Carolina, USA, the station serves the Florence area. The station is owned by Community Broadcasters, LLC.[2] The station's programming also airs on WHYM in Lake City and W255BD in Darlington.


WOLH at 1230 AM was once WOLS, signing on in 1937; it was the first radio station in Florence, South Carolina.[citation needed] WOLS was once owned and operated by Melvin Purvis (1903–1960), the former FBI agent credited with capturing or killing John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd in the 1930s.[3]

WOLS was home to the "Holiday Show" Hosted by Doug Williams. The program was on the air for 28 years before moving to television for another eight years.

WOLS was an adult standards station using the Stardust format. Most of its programming was also heard on WHYM. Both stations aired some Christian programming.

In 2003, WOLS was bought by the Colonial Radio Group and was known as "The Sports Animal."[citation needed]It featured Sporting News Radio programming and had a weekly sports talk radio show hosted by on-air personalities Jeff Andrulonis and Bradley Turner. When GHB Broadcasting sold the station and WHYM to Estuardo Rodriguez in 2006, the call letters WTIX were used.[1][4] On February 12, 2008, the call sign was changed to WOLH so that the old call sign "WOLS" could be moved to a Charlotte, North Carolina station upon its switch to oldies. WOLH was then known as Radio Fiesta, with a Regional Mexican format, with programming also heard on WHYM, WODR and WFMO.

Miller Communications, Inc. bought WOLH and WHYM in 2008.[5] The switch to the talk format was made in 2009.[6]

On October 4, 2012, WOLH changed its format to Rhythmic oldies, branded as "Jammin' 98.9" (the 98.9 frequency in the branding is for FM translator W255BD 98.9 FM in Darlington, South Carolina).[7]

On March 1, 2013, WOLH changed its format to sports, with programming from ESPN Radio. The Press Box Radio show with Allen Smothers and Emerson Phillips would remain, as would South Carolina Gamecocks basketball; Gamecocks baseball was being added. ESPN programming would include Major League Baseball, NBA basketball and college football.[8]

Miller Communications sold WOLH, eleven other South Carolina radio stations, and several translators to Community Broadcasters, LLC for $2.5 million, in a transaction that was consummated on January 7, 2016.


  1. ^ a b http://www.recnet.com/cdbs/fmq.php?facid=73400&jaws=0, Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  2. ^ "WOLH Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ http://www.nndb.com/people/217/000205599/, Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  4. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting and Cable, April 17, 2006.
  5. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.miller.fm/news/archives.asp, Retrieved on 2009-08-25.
  7. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/70720/florence-is-jammin/
  8. ^ Bezjak, Lou (2013-02-28). "ESPN Radio has new spot on local dial". Florence Morning News. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 

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