WGEM-FM
CityQuincy, Illinois
Broadcast areaQuincy/Hannibal/Keokuk
Frequency105.1 MHz
BrandingNews/Talk 105
SloganThe Talk of the Tri-States
Programming
FormatNews/talk
AffiliationsABC News Radio
Ownership
OwnerQuincy Media
(sale to Gray Television pending[1])
(WGEM License, LLC)
WGEM, WGEM-TV
History
First air date
August 1, 1947
Former call signs
WQDI (1947-1953)
Call sign meaning
GEM City
Technical information
Facility ID54281
ClassB
ERP26,500 watts
HAAT209 meters
Transmitter coordinates
39°57′4.00″N 91°19′53.00″W / 39.9511111°N 91.3313889°W / 39.9511111; -91.3313889 (WGEM-FM)
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.wgem.com

WGEM-FM (105.1 FM; "News/Talk 105") is a radio station in Quincy, Illinois broadcasting a news/talk format. The station is owned by Quincy Media.

History

The station signed on August 1, 1947 as WQDI.[2][3] It was Quincy Newspapers' first broadcasting station, signing on five months before WGEM; it was also the first FM station in the market.[3] The WQDI callsign was retained until 1953, when the station became WGEM-FM to match the AM station and WGEM-TV.[4][5]

For much of its early history, WGEM-FM was a simulcast of WGEM.[6] This ended by 1976, when the station implemented a country music format;[7] "Gem Country" lasted until 2002, when it gave way to the current news/talk format.[8]

On February 1, 2021, Gray Television announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire all Quincy Media television and radio properties for $925 million in a cash transaction. This includes WGEM (AM) and WGEM-FM, as well as WGEM-TV.[1] The WGEM radio stations will gain a radio sister station in Odessa, Texas as Gray acquired KTXC, along with its local television sister stations KWAB-TV and KTLE-LD, from Raycom Media in 2019.

Programming

WGEM-FM's schedule includes the two-hour morning show WGEM News Talk Live!, several news-oriented local programs, as well as simulcasts of WGEM-TV's newscasts and NBC Nightly News. The station also carries some syndicated talk shows, including The Dave Ramsey Show, The Clark Howard Show,The Kim Komando Show, and The O'Reilly Update. WGEM-FM also carries St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

References

  1. ^ a b Goldsmith, Jill (February 1, 2021). "Gray Television Acquires Quincy Media For $925 Million In Cash". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 (PDF). 1948. p. 178. Retrieved April 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Why Advertise With WGEM Radio?". WGEM.com. June 10, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 (PDF). 1953. p. 131. Retrieved April 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1954 (PDF). 1954. p. 130. Retrieved April 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 (PDF). 1958. p. A-278. Retrieved April 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. C-132. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "About WGEM". WGEM.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2000. Retrieved April 11, 2010.