WSPC

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WSPC
WSPC logo.png
City of license Albemarle, North Carolina
Branding Newstalk 1010
Frequency 1010 kHz
Format News Talk Information
Power 1,000 watts day
64 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 49041
Transmitter coordinates 35°22′40.00″N 80°11′38.00″W / 35.3777778°N 80.1938889°W / 35.3777778; -80.1938889
Callsign meaning We Serve Pfeiffer College[1]
Former callsigns WWWX (1979-1990)
WXLX (1990-1994)
Affiliations ABC Radio , CBS Radio, Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Stanly Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website Official website

WSPC (1010 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Albemarle, North Carolina, USA. The station is currently owned by Stanly Communications and features programing from ABC Radio, CBS Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.[2][3]

History[edit]

WABZ radio signed on in 1946, broadcasting from the Albemarle Hotel.

Robert D. Raiford was program director in 1947, at age 19.[4]

While a student a Pfeiffer College in March 1949, longtime WFMY-TV personality Lee Kinard went to work at WABZ doing janitorial and filing duties. Later he became a DJ and producer. Kinard left Pfeiffer after one year and became a part owner of the station in 1952, along with station manager Bill Page, attorney Staton Williams, chiropractor Joe Ivester and farmer Keith Almond. Kinard left WABZ for WFMY in 1956.[5]

An FM station at 100.9 was added later.

The AM station established a separate identity as WWWX on 1979-09-10. On 1990-02-15, the station changed its call sign to WXLX and on 1994-08-26 to the current WSPC.[6] The owner in 1994 was Bill Norman, a Pfeiffer graduate who got his training at the college's station WSPC. Since the letters had become available, Norman put them on his station.

The call letters WSPC were first used by a police radio station in Michigan. An agreement was reached to have the letters transferred to a new broadcast station being built in Anniston, Alabama, and owned by Stanton Ingram and Elbert Boozer. Operating at 1390 kHz with 5 kW D and 1 kW DN, WSPC opened in July 1949. In about 1952, WHMA, a competing station in Anniston, bought WSPC and these call letters were then abandoned.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  2. ^ "WSPC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ "WSPC Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ B.J. Drye, "Every Road Leads Back to Stanly County," The Stanly News and Press, October 20, 2013, p. 5A.
  5. ^ Dexter Hinson, "Kinard Inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame," The Stanly News and Press, September 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "WSPC Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  7. ^ Butler, Harry D.; Alabama's First Radio Stations 1920-1960: A History of Radio Broadcasting in Alabama; Alabama Broadcasters Association, 2006

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