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City of license Marietta, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding Atlanta Radio Korea
Frequency 1080 kHz (analog)
First air date 1950s
Format Korean Music and Talk Programming
Power 50,000 Watts daytime,
30,000 Watts critical hours
10 - 14 Watt PSSA
14 - 37 Watts PSRA
Class D
Owner Prieto Enterprises, Inc.

WFTD AM is a local Atlanta area AM broadcasting station (licensed to Marietta, Georgia) that broadcasts Korean language music and talk programming. It broadcasts at a frequency of 1080 kHz with 50,000 watts of power during the daytime and 30,000 watts during critical hours using a directional antenna system. WFTD is classified as a class D AM broadcast station according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Because it shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WTIC-AM in Hartford, Connecticut, WFTD operates only during the daytime hours.

The station was originally WBIE,a full-service daytimer facility owned by James M. Wilder, who later started a simulcast on WBIE-FM 101.5 (now WKHX-FM, and still a country music station owned by Citadel). WBIE's original operating frequency was 1050 kHz, with 500 watts of non-directional daytime power. In 1965, WBIE moved to 1080 with 10,000 watts directional daytimes; shortly thereafter WBIE picked up the CBS Radio affiliation for the Metro Atlanta area, which it held onto well into the 1970s. Several noted newsmen worked at WBIE early in their careers, including the late Steve Walsh (later at KGO/ABC News), and Chris Little (KFI News Director). The station has had the call signs WCOB in 1978, WEKS in 1985, and WJYA in 1987. WFTD's current callsign has remained with the station since the late 1980s.

WFTD in July 2007 dropped the regional Mexican type radio format and now broadcasts in a Korean language radio format on a leased-time basis, branded as Atlanta Radio Korea.

At 3:30 p.m. on June 9, 2008, WFTD was a victim of a molotov cocktail bomb when a former employee who had been fired two months earlier walked into the station's studios and left a bomb there. As a result of the bomb, a small fire was sparked, but was quickly extinguished and the man who threw the cocktail suffered severe burns.[1]


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