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- WBBQ redirects here. For the former WBBQ
AM, also in Augusta, see WSGF.
WBBQ-FM (104.3 FM) is a radio station
licensed to Augusta, Georgia, USA, the station is
currently owned by Clear Channel
WBBQ-FM signed on in 1958 as the sister to WBBQ AM 1340. The FM simulcasted the AM's
programming for much of its existence. Both stations switched to
Top 40 under the guidance of Ed Dunbar beginning in the early
1960s. WBBQ was very popular with this format and was the #1
station in the Augusta market for over 35 years. In addition, the
station had a top-notch news department. Both WBBQ AM and WBBQ FM
were owned by George Weiss (under his company Savannah Valley
Broadcasting), who would play an active role in the station's
In August 1994, the new station manager Birnie Florie (a former
news reporter and salesman) ordered that WBBQ swap formats with
newly acquired sister FM WZNY
while Weiss was out of the country. WBBQ switched to Adult
Contemporary and WZNY switched to CHR.
That move, along with a few other unfavorable decisions, caused
Weiss (in 1997) to donate WBBQ and WZNY to the Medical College of Georgia
shortly before his passing from cancer. MCG, in turn, sold the
stations to Cumulus
Broadcasting for $14 million. The money was used to establish
the Weiss Endowment for Research for cancer research.
Cumulus sold WBBQ in 2000 to Clear Channel Communications.
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Stations in the state of Georgia
See also: Adult Contemporary, College, Country,
News/Talk, NPR, Oldies, Rock, Sports, Top 40, Urban, and Other
radio stations in Georgia