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WGNZ
City of license Fairborn, Ohio
Broadcast area Daytime Only
Frequency 1110 kHz
First air date October 26, 1968
(as WELX)
Format Southern gospel
Power 5,000 watts day (non-critical)
Class D
Facility ID 36075
Transmitter coordinates 39°39′53.00″N 83°56′38.00″W / 39.66472°N 83.94389°W / 39.66472; -83.94389
Callsign meaning Good Newz 1110[1]
Former callsigns WELX (1968-1984)
WMMX (1984-1993)
Affiliations Greenview Calvary Tabernacle
Owner L&D Broadcasters Inc.
Website Official WGNZ site (with streaming audio)

WGNZ "Good News 1110" is an AM broadcasting station operating at 1110 kHz licensed to Fairborn, Ohio with studios in Dayton, Ohio and transmitter in Xenia (the original city of license.) It airs National/Local teaching programs with a Southern Gospel music format. Its power output is 2,500 watts with a critical hours authorization of 1700 watts in addition to internet audiostreaming. The Federal Communications Commission has granted WGNZ a construction permit to increase to 5000 watts.

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History

WGNZ was founded in 1968 as 250 watt daytimer WELX, by West Central Ohio Broadcasters Inc...as the AM sister of WHBM-FM (now WXEG). WELX (for: Ernie and Lamont- Xenia the sons of founders Harry and Ernestine Miller) was sold in 1979 to L&D Broadcasters Inc.and returned to the air in 1980 airing soul gospel in the morning and early evenings and southern gospel in the afternoons. It was during the afternoon drive time when Rev. Norman Livingston of Dayton, a local independent church pastor who also promoted Southern Gospel Music concerts, began to work with WELX and became the afternoon co-host and eventually moved into managing and promoting the station in 1981 when soul gospel music was dropped in favor of full time southern gospel music. In 1984, the station switched the call sign from WELX to WMMX "Message Music Radio" or "Gospel Music's Best MIX" Eventually that call sign was replaced with WGNZ and it's new slogan "Good News 1110". The released call sign "WMMX" was taken by 107.7 FM. As of November 1, 2008 the old tower site has been razed. In the Summer of 2008 WGNZ built a new state of the art transmitter/tower facility. The new transmitter and three tower configuration moved to a newer location east of U.S. Route 42 and north of the U.S. Route 35 bypass on the south end of Xenia as part of a Grant by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC. WGNZ's approved construction permit from the FCC calls for daytime power of 5000 Watts.Through the years Norman Livingston and his Son (Tim) have helped take the Station from 250 watts to 1100 watts to 1650 watts to 2500 Watts. And then on January 28, 2008 the Federal Communications Commission granted WGNZ a Construction Permit to increase the Daytime (non-critical) power to 5000 watts.

WGNZ Today

WGNZ is one of the last locally owned commercial stations in the Dayton, Ohio market. The station features National and Local Christian teaching/talk programs. As well as being the only Radio Station in the Miami Valley that is primarily Southern Gospel, but also features Bluegrass and Local Artists. WGNZ has streamed its programming on the internet Live since July 9, 1996. WGNZ was at that time the first Christian Radio Station in Ohio to stream "Live" on the Internet.

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