WCOS
WCOS FOXsportsRadio1400 logo.png
Broadcast areaColumbia metropolitan area
Frequency1400 kHz
BrandingFox Sports Radio 1400
Programming
FormatSports
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
Atlanta Braves Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
WCOS-FM, WLTY, WNOK, WVOC, WXBT
History
First air date
1939
Call sign meaning
W COlumbia, South Carolina
Technical information
Facility ID4673
ClassC
Power1,000 watts unlimited
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitefoxsportsradio1400.iheart.com

WCOS (1400 AM) is a commercial radio station in Columbia, South Carolina. It carries a sports radio format and is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. The station goes by the name Fox Sports Radio 1400. Its studios and offices are on Graystone Boulevard in Columbia near Interstate 126. The transmitter is on Short Street in Columbia, near Millwood Avenue (U.S. Route 76).[1]

WCOS is an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, with the largest number of stations in Major League Baseball.[2]

History

WCOS signed on in 1939, making it Columbia's second radio station. The station featured programming from NBC's Blue Network (which later became the ABC Radio Network) as well as local programming.

In 1958, the station stunted by playing Sammy Kaye's "I Wish I Was In Dixie" over a period of 24 hours before switching over to the "Top 60 in Dixie" playlist, a format that it kept for the next 20 years under various monikers like "Super COS", and "Position 14".

In 1980, after being beaten in the ratings by rival FM Top 40 WNOK, WCOS changed over to Country, simulcasting parts of the broadcasting day of their sister FM, WCOS-FM. In the early 1990s, the station adjusted its format to satellite-fed Classic Country, but went back to simulcasting WCOS-FM within a year's time.[citation needed] In 1995, WCOS switched to CNN Headline News.[3]

In 1996, WCOS adopted its present Sports talk format.

In 2007, WCOS re-branded itself as "The Team". On January 3, 2012, as part of a three-way swap, WVOC's news/talk format moved to WXBT-FM, which changed its calls to WVOC-FM. WVOC then changed its calls to WXBT (AM), which took WCOS' sports talk programming. WCOS became "Hallelujah 1400", an Urban Gospel station.

On November 6, 2014, WCOS switched back to sports while WXBT returned to news/talk as WVOC, and WVOC-FM returned to urban contemporary as WXBT.[4]

The station is owned by iHeartMedia, which also owns Country WCOS-FM, CHR WNOK, Variety Hits WLTY, Urban contemporary WXBT and News/Talk WVOC in the Columbia radio market.

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WCOS-AM
  2. ^ "Affiliate Radio Stations". The Official Site of the Atlanta Braves.
  3. ^ "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (17): 92. April 29, 1995.
  4. ^ WVOC Columbia Returns to 560; Sports Moves to 1400


Coordinates: 34°00′18″N 81°00′43″W / 34.00500°N 81.01194°W / 34.00500; -81.01194