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WSML logo
City Graham, North Carolina
Broadcast area Piedmont Triad
Branding Triad Sports Network
Frequency 1200 kHz
Translator(s) 104.5 W283BT (Burlington)
First air date December 2, 1967
Format Sports radio
Power 10,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 740
Transmitter coordinates 36°9′1.00″N 79°54′48.00″W / 36.1502778°N 79.9133333°W / 36.1502778; -79.9133333
Former callsigns WSML (1967-1981)
WWOK (1981-1982)
Former frequencies 1190 kHz (1967-1991)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Curtis Media Group
(Crescent Media Group LLC)
Sister stations WCOG, WMFR, WPCM, WSJS, WYMY
Webcast Listen Live

WSML is located in Graham, North Carolina, and broadcasts at 1200 AM. The station is part of the "Triad Sports Network", a sports trimulcast with WCOG from Greensboro and WMFR from High Point. The station is owned by Curtis Media Group. Studios are located in Winston-Salem.


WSML signed on December 2, 1967,[1] as a daytimer operating at 1190 AM, owned by Smiles of Graham, Inc.[2] In its early years, the station had a top 40 format, but by 1970 it had become a country music station.[2] This gave way to a rock format by 1973,[3] and a blend of country and rock soon thereafter.[4] By 1975, WSML had integrated beautiful music into the format and cut back its country music programming;[5] however, after a sale of the station to Acme Communications (no relation to the current television station owner) in 1976, it reverted to a full-time country format.[6][7][8]

In 1981, the station was sold to Graycasting, Inc.[9] and became WWOK;[10] a year later, Evans Communications Corporation took over the station[11] and reinstated the WSML call letters.[10] By this time, the station had added religious programming to its country format;[11] religion had become its full-time format by 1987, after having been acquired by Gray Broadcasting Company (unrelated to Gray Television) two years earlier.[12] WSML moved to 1200 AM in 1991, allowing the station to begin 24-hour operation.[13][14][15][16] By the 1990s, programming consisted of gospel music.

What had become Graycasting Media sold WSML to Clear Channel Communications in 1998.[17] Clear Channel converted the station to a news/talk format, largely simulcasting sister station WSJS from Winston-Salem; this filled in a gap in WSJS' coverage of Greensboro and the eastern part of the Piedmont Triad (especially at night). There was some separate programming — predominantly NC State Wolfpack sports and Sunday morning programming.

After Clear Channel was forced to divest some of its stations in order to merge with AMFM Broadcasting, WSML and WSJS were sold in 2000 to Infinity Broadcasting Corporation, which also purchased WMFR from AMFM.[18] CBS Radio (which Infinity became in 2005), in turn, sold the three stations to Curtis Media Group in 2007.[19] Curtis dropped the WSJS simulcast from WSML on July 15, 2010, replacing it with the current sports radio programming.[20]


WSML primarily airs syndicated programming, both national programming from ESPN Radio (including Mike and Mike in the Morning, as well as its nighttime and weekend programs) and the regionally syndicated The David Glenn Show (simulcast from WCMC-FM in Raleigh), and The Drive (simulcast from WFNZ in Charlotte). It also carries Appalachian State Mountaineers football and basketball and High Point University Panthers basketball, as well as select additional local sports coverage.[20]

Most of WSML's programming is simulcast with WCOG and WMFR; all three stations break away to carry certain programming as necessary.[21]

WSML entered into an agreement with the Burlington Royals minor league baseball team beginning with the 2015 season. All 35 home games, as well as select road games, were broadcast.[22] In addition, WSML became the flagship station for Elon Phoenix sports during the 2015 baseball season.[23] The partnership extends to football and men's basketball starting with the 2015-16 academic year.[24]


  1. ^ Broadcasting/Cable Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-214. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 (PDF). 1971. p. B-130. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1974 (PDF). 1974. p. B-151. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 (PDF). 1975. p. C-136. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976 (PDF). 1976. p. C-143. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. C-151. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1978 (PDF). 1978. p. C-157. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979 (PDF). 1979. p. C-159. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1983 (PDF). 1983. p. B-178. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1988 (PDF). 1988. p. B-203. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Application Search Details (3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Application Search Details (4)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Application Search Details (5)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  17. ^ Brown, Saa (June 1, 1998). "RADIO: AM.(radio station transactions)". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 19, 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  18. ^ "Spun cities". Broadcasting & Cable. April 16, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Curtis completes deal to buy three Triad radio stations". The Business Journal. February 16, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b "Curtis Forms Triad Sports Network". Radio Ink. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Curtis Media Launches Triad Sports Radio Network". July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Royals Announce Radio Partnership: All 2015 Royals home games and select away games will be heard on 104.5FM and 1200AM WSML". Appalachian League. February 20, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Elon lands on new spot on radio dial". The Times-News. March 19, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Elon and WSML Enhance Partnership". Elon University Phoenix Athletics. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 

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