The Full Wiki

More info on WGOK

WGOK: Wikis

Advertisements
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

WGOK
City of license Mobile, Alabama
Broadcast area Mobile metropolitan area
Branding WGOK Gospel 900
Frequency 900 kHz
Format Gospel
Power 1,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning WG OK Group (original owners)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations WBLX-FM, WDLT-FM, WXQW, WYOK
Website http://www.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.

Contents

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 and 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

  1. ^ "Big Deals of 1999". Broadcasting & Cable. 2000-02-14.  

External links


Advertisements

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message