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Wgok

 

Wgok

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WGOK
City of license Mobile, Alabama
Broadcast area Mobile metropolitan area
Branding WGOK Gospel 900
Frequency 900 kHz
First air date 1959
Format Gospel
Power 1,000 watts day
380 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 56716
Callsign meaning WG OK Group (original owners)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations WABD, WBLX-FM, WDLT-FM, WXQW
Webcast Listen Live
Website gospel900.com

WGOK (900 AM), "Gospel 900") is a radio station serving the Mobile, Alabama, area with a Gospel music format. The station is under ownership of Cumulus Media.

History

The radio station in the early 1960s was located at 900 Gum Street right in the middle of a swamp. The station was part of the largest chain of Black radio stations in the country called The OK Group. All of the stations in the OK Group had an OK at the end of their call letters. There was WGOK in Mobile, KYOK in Houston, and WBOK in New Orleans for example. There were other OK stations in the cities of Memphis, Tennessee and Baton Rouge, Louisiana among others. There was one White station in Alice, Texas with the OK reversed. It was called KOPY.

Starting around 1959, the station WGOK was managed by Robert Irwin Grimes, Jr. He had been a radioman in the Navy, had served at Pearl Harbor on the USS Enterprise and was there in Hawaii on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

In the early 1960s disc jockeys had names like Topsy Turvey, Miss Mandy, and the Reverend A. J. Crawford. The station was very popular and played rhythm and blues records as well as gospel records.

Ownership

In 1999, the station was acquired by Citadel Communications Corp. (Lawrence R. Wilson, chairman) from Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting Co. Inc. (Robert Fuller, president) along with sister station WYOK for a reported sale price of $6 million.[1]

References

External links

  • Gospel 900 official website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WGOK
  • Radio-Locator Information on WGOK
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WGOK



Coordinates: 30°42′31″N 88°03′53″W / 30.70861°N 88.06472°W / 30.70861; -88.06472


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