WGEZ
CityBeloit, Wisconsin
Broadcast areaJanesville, Wisconsin
Frequency1490 kHz
BrandingIron Country 101.9 and 1490
Programming
FormatClassic country
AffiliationsWestwood One
Ownership
OwnerScott Thompson
(Big Radio)
WBEL, WWHG
History
First air date
September 26, 1948 (1948-09-26)
Technical information
Facility ID24995
ClassC
Power1,000 watts (unlimited)
Transmitter coordinates
42°29′45.00″N 89°1′3.00″W / 42.4958333°N 89.0175000°W / 42.4958333; -89.0175000Coordinates: 42°29′45.00″N 89°1′3.00″W / 42.4958333°N 89.0175000°W / 42.4958333; -89.0175000
Translator(s)See § Translator
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.ironcountry.fm

WGEZ (1490 AM; "Iron Country") is a radio station broadcasting a classic country music format. Licensed to Beloit, Wisconsin, United States, the station serves the Janesville area. The station is owned by Scott Thompson, through licensee Big Radio.[1] WGEZ features programming from Westwood One. Its programming is simulcast on translator station W270CW (101.9 FM).

History

Logo as an oldies station
Logo as an oldies station

WGEZ began broadcasting September 26, 1948, on 1490 kHz with 100 watts of power (full-time). The station, a Mutual affiliate, was licensed to Beloit Broadcasting Company.[2] In 2008, the station was affiliated with The True Oldies Channel.[3] A purchase agreement, dated September 16, 2014, shows WGEZ being sold by Alliance Communications, Inc. to Big Radio, from Monroe, Wisconsin. Big Radio also owns WEKZ AM-FM, WFRL, WFPS, WQLF, WBEL, and WWHG. The sale to Big Radio, at a price of $150,000, was consummated on December 31, 2014. On August 3, 2016, WGEZ switched formata from oldies to classic country

Translator

Broadcast translators of WGEZ
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W270CW 101.9 Beloit, Wisconsin 146906 250 D 42°27′34″N 89°1′43″W / 42.45944°N 89.02861°W / 42.45944; -89.02861 (W270CW) FCC LMS

References

  1. ^ "WGEZ Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WGEZ Starts Operation As 100-w Mutual Outlet" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 4, 1948. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Radio Stations". Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel. Archived from the original on July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2008.