WVOT

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WVOT
City Wilson, North Carolina
Frequency 1420 kHz
Format Urban contemporary gospel
Power 1,000 Watts (day)
500 Watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 8778
Transmitter coordinates 35°44′08″N 77°53′02″W / 35.73556°N 77.88389°W / 35.73556; -77.88389Coordinates: 35°44′08″N 77°53′02″W / 35.73556°N 77.88389°W / 35.73556; -77.88389
Callsign meaning Wilson's Voice Of Tobacco or Wilson's Voice Of Truth
Owner Career Communications

WVOT (1420 AM) is a radio station licensed to and located in Wilson, North Carolina, United States. The FCC assigned frequency is 1420 kHz. The station operates at 1000 Watts non-directional by day, and 500 watts directional at night, largely on a north-facing axis.

Programming[edit]

The current format is urban contemporary gospel. Past formats have included talk, Carolina beach music, oldies, adult contemporary, contemporary hit radio, and block programming. The station's call letters originally stood for W-V(oice)-O(f)-T(obbacoland.)

History[edit]

The original studio/transmitter building was located across from the Wilson city operation center on East Herring Avenue. The small brick and frame building held the business office, advertising office, production studio, news room, "on-air" control-room/studio, and transmitter. Though space was limited and spartan, the studio provided a venue for interviewing a variety of celebrities, including Tiny Tim.

Career Communications bought WVOT in 1990.[1]

WVOT switched to a Beach Music format in 1992, later switching to news/talk.

In 1997, Career Communications sold the station to Al Taylor's Taylor Group Broadcasting. During this time, the call letters were changed to WALQ. [2]

In 1999, Gerald Winborne, owner of the Jackson Street studio property, donated the house and land to Christ Temple of Praise Church.

In 2001, Taylor Group Broadcasting sold the station to Kingdom Expansion Corp. to be operated by Christ Temple of Praise Church. The call letters were later changed back to WVOT.

In 2003, Announcer Frederick Mason won $1,000 in back wages after the State Department of Labor ruled he wasn't paid minimum wage.

WVOT was off the air for several months in 2008 after losing the lease to the Herring Avenue transmitter site. In 2009 engineers erected a temporary wire antenna at the Jackson Street studio to get the station back on the air.

WVOT is again transmitting from the Herring Avenue tower site. The studios are located on Ward Boulevard in Wilson near Ralph L. Fike High School.

The Fire[edit]

During the 1980s and early 1990s, the station signed off the air each night at midnight. The duties of the last announcer of the evening included recording the weather forecast on a 24-hour answering machine "The WVOT 24-Hour Weather Center" and locking up the station for the five hours it would be unoccupied before the morning airstaff arrived.[citation needed]

In one corner of the control room was a pre-internet teleprinter terminal providing news wire service. Teleprinters generated many yards of hardcopy on paper throughout the day. The night announcer was responsible for clearing the wire service area of the accumulated teleprinter paper at the end of the broadcast day. In 1992 an announcer emptied an ash tray from the broadcast control room into the same trash can as the accumulated paper. The resulting blaze destroyed the building.[citation needed]

After several months of operating in temporary buildings at the transmitter site following the fire, the studios were moved to an historic house on Jackson Street in downtown Wilson. A new transmitter building was erected on the original Herring Avenue tower site.[citation needed]

WRDU-FM[edit]

In 1984, Century Communications sold WVOT-WXYY to Voyager Communications. The FM was moved to Raleigh and the call letters were changed to WRDU. A new tower site for WRDU (now WTKK) was built near Middlesex, North Carolina. The AM facility remained in Wilson.


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