|Broadcast area||Albany GA area|
|Branding||ESPN Sportsradio Albany|
|First air date||1987-08-31 (as WANL)|
|Power||1,000 watts day
53 watts night
|Former callsigns||WANL (1987-2002)|
|Owner||Livingston W. Fulton|
WSRA (1250 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Sports radio format. Licensed to Albany, Georgia, USA, the station serves the Albany, GA area. The station is currently owned by Livingston W. Fulton and features programming from ESPN Radio.
In its earliest form AM 1250 was a country station.
The following history [between brackets] was added by Dave Miller, who worked at the station in 1975 and 1976:
Its call sign in the late 1960s and early 1970s was WLYB, which stood for Lynn-Yvette Broadcasting. It was run by Dave Flaegel, a broadcaster of great girth, who custom made a rolling chair from the seat of a Pontiac Bonneville, and reinforced it with steel bracing.
It was bought by Jim Wiggins, a Brunswick broadcaster, who also owned WYND, a country AM in Glynn County in the early 1970s.
He changed the call sign to WQDE, "Cutie" for short, and played AC/Light Rock. In this time, the station made a meteoric rise and became a major player in the market, becoming a strong challenger to the venerable WALG-1590AM.
About 1973, two heavy weight broadcasters left WALG to go to WQDE, including Ron Brown, AKA 'Buzz One' on WALG, and Ron Maniscalco, who programmed WALG as Ron Mani. Ron Strother and Sonny Lofton also graced WQDE's air with great talent.
Mani brought his "Original Saturday Morning Rock Revival" Oldies show, with great success.
Albany native James E. Smith, AKA Jack O'brien, left the major market race after great stints at KOMA, Oklahoma City, WQAM, Miami, and WRKO, Boston to come home, and brought his golden tone to Cutie in 1976. Jack then went to competitor WALG, as program director.
The station was on the air in the 1970s as WQDE, owned by Dave and Virgie McGriff. In 1978, it was called 1250Q The Radio Station. Programmed by Tom Clay, with a morning show entitled "3 Speed and Sneakers" (Tom Clay and Beau Stone) playing AC music.
The station went on the air as WANL on 1987-08-31, playing inspirational music and called the "Voice Of Praise". Owned by Jimmy Keyton of Life Line Ministries, the program director was Wyne Peron. On 2002-07-01, the station changed its call sign to the current WSRA.
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