WGCM
WGCM station logo.png
Broadcast areaGulfport–Biloxi metropolitan area
Frequency1240 kHz
BrandingCruisin' WGCM
Programming
FormatOldies
Ownership
OwnerJMD, Inc
WGCM-FM
History
First air date
1928[1]
Former call signs
WGCM (1928-1980)[2]
WTAM (1980-1987)[3]
Former frequencies
1350 kHz (1928)[2]
1210 kHz (1928-1941)[2]
Technical information
Facility ID31216
ClassC
Power1,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
30°25′45″N 89°01′10″W / 30.42917°N 89.01944°W / 30.42917; -89.01944Coordinates: 30°25′45″N 89°01′10″W / 30.42917°N 89.01944°W / 30.42917; -89.01944
Translator(s)100.9 W265DH (Gulfport)
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewgcmam.com

WGCM (1240 AM) is radio station licensed to Gulfport, Mississippi. It airs an oldies format and is owned by JMD, Inc.[4]

History

WGCM began broadcasting in 1928 and was owned by Gulf Coast Music Co.[1][2] It briefly broadcast at 1350 kHz, before its frequency was changed to 1210 kHz later in 1928.[2] Its frequency was changed to 1240 kHz in March 1941, as a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement.[2] By 1944, WGCM had become an affiliate of the Blue Network, which would become the American Broadcasting Company in 1945.[5]

In 1980, its call sign was changed to WTAM.[3] The station aired an urban contemporary format as WTAM.[6][7] Its call sign was changed back to WGCM in 1987, and it adopted a country music format.[3][8] By 1990, the station had adopted to an adult standards format.[9] By 1994, it had switched to a sports format.[10] In 1995, it adopted a classic country format.[11][12][13] In 2016, the station began to be simulcast on a translator at 100.9 MHz, and it adopted an oldies format branded "Cruisin' WGCM".[14][15][16]

Translator

WGCM is also heard at 100.9 MHz, through a translator in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
W265DH 100.9 Gulfport, Mississippi 250 115 m (377 ft) D FCC FM Query

References

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1975, Broadcasting, 1975. p. C-104. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f History Cards for WGCM, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  4. ^ AM Query Results: WGCM, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1944, Broadcasting, 1944. p. 114. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Urban/Black", Billboard. November 13, 1982. p. 25. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Vox Jox", Billboard. February 9, 1985. p. 19. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1988, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1988. p. B-157. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  9. ^ Unmacht, Robert (1990). The M Street Radio Directory. p. 209. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Elsewhere", The M Street Journal. Vol. 11, No. 29. July 20, 1994. p. 6. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 12, No. 42. October 18, 1995. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Vox Jox", Billboard. November 4, 1995. p. 104. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1996, Broadcasting & Cable, 1996. p. B-233. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "FM Facilities Report", VHF-UHF Digest. April 2016. p. 19. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Heinen, Wayne (2016). The National Radio Club's AM Radio Log. 37th Edition. National Radio Club Publications. p. 115. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Cruisin' WGCM". WGCM. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2019.