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City of license Charleston, South Carolina
Broadcast area Charleston
Branding News-Talk 1250 AM WTMA
Slogan The Lowcountry's Big Talker
Frequency 1250 kHz
First air date June 1939
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 W daytime
1,000 W nighttime
Class B
Callsign meaning Where Talk Means Action.
Affiliations ABC News
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations WSSX, WIWF, WWWZ

WTMA (branded as News-Talk 1250 AM) is an AM radio station serving the Charleston market area with a News/Talk format. This station operates on AM frequency 1250 kHz and is under ownership of Citadel Broadcasting.


WTMA began its broadcasting activities on June 16, 1939 as an NBC affiliate and is the Charleston, SC area's second oldest AM radio station, and of those two, the only one to maintain its current call letters. From the early '60s through 1981 it broadcast a Top 40 format but like many other AM Top 40 stations switched to an adult contemporary format until 1986 when FM became more popular. It tried a couple different formats including an R&B-flavored oldies format and country until on June 1, 1989 it switched to a news/talk radio format. WTMA has since then maintained its news/talk format, as a Citadel Broadcasting Owned and Operated station, from ABC News and its own local team. It shares its news operation with Columbia radio station WISW and weather with WCSC.

In 2002, it became the home of University of South Carolina Gamecock sports, and in November 2007, became the exclusive home of Gamecock sports in the Charleston area, as cluster-mate WNKT (which carried only the USC football games) was moved out to Eastover (in the Columbia market). WTMA broadcasts with 5,000 non-directional watts of power during the day, 1,000 directional watts of power at night.

Notable programming on the station includes Richard Todd and the Morning Buzz, Neal Boortz, Radio Free Rocky D, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Neal Boortz, and Jim Bohannon. Every Tuesday and Friday morning Jack Hunter, The Southern Avenger, provides political punditry.[1]

Find out more about the station's history at


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