WZKY

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WZKY
WZKY logo.png
City of license Albemarle, North Carolina
Branding Oldies Radio 1580
Slogan "Good Times & Great Oldies"
Frequency 1580 kHz C-QUAM AM Stereo
First air date July 9, 1956
Format Oldies
Power 1,000 watts day
12 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 49044
Transmitter coordinates 35°21′38.00″N 80°10′39.00″W / 35.3605556°N 80.1775000°W / 35.3605556; -80.1775000
Affiliations ABC Radio
Owner Stanly Communications
Sister stations WSPC
Webcast Listen Live
Website WZKY Online

WZKY (1580 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Albemarle, North Carolina, USA. The station is owned by Stanly Communications.

WZKY broadcasts an oldies music format that at one time included programming from the Classic Hits network by ABC Radio.[1]

WZKY is where Bob Harris, "Voice of the Blue Devils, got his start in the radio business".

History[edit]

In 1967, Bob Harris, now voice of the Duke Blue Devils, offered to take over the job of announcing West Stanly High School football games for WZKY, though his only experience had been as a student announcer for Albemarle High School (North Carolina) Albemarle High School basketball. WZKY station manager Ralph Gardner gave Harris a reel-to-reel tape recorder because the 250-watt station could only broadcast during the daylight hours, and the game would not air until 11 the A.M. on Saturday.

Harris became morning host and sports director, and added more games, including boys' and girls' basketball, until, a 2009 Salisbury Post article said, "By 1975, WZKY was originating more sports programming than any other station in the state." Harris remained sports director at WZKY for eight years before moving to WDNC.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ Wineka, Mark (2009-11-08). "Voice of Blue Devils got his start in Albemarle". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

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