AM Technical Profile: KAGY

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Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Between Adema and Bernice Lanes in Port Sulphur, just off LA-23.
Power (ERP):
Day only: 1 kW
Days: 3800 watts
Critical Hours: 840 watts (CP)
Day: 1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
An original construction permit was issued to Plaquemines Broadcasting Company (W. D. Womack, Jr., president) in 1966 for a daytime only operation on 1510 kHz, with 500 watts of power.  When it signed on, the studio and transmitter site were co-located approximately one mile northwest of the center of Port Sulphur, between Adema and Bernice Lanes on LA-23.  The transmitted used was a Visual AM-1K-A model. The call sign was WPBC, after the company's name.

The station boosted its power to 1 kW in 1969, despite an objection from clear channel, co-channel "neighbor" WLAC in Nashville.

The station's license was transferred to River Bend Broadcasting Company, Inc., in the summer of 1974.  They changed calls to KAGY.  In 1979, the studios were relocated to the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown, at 1502-C Belle Chasse Highway. Under River Bend's ownership, the format was Country music. 

Going into the 80's, the station began to tweak the format to a mix of Country music and Middle-of-the-Road (MOR) pop music.  The station was acquired by KEYLO, Inc. in 1985. They attempted to pivot to Religious programming, but that appears to be short-lived as they were back to Country music by 1987. 

The station was donated to Miracle Assembly of God., Inc in 1992; they flipped the format to Gospel.

In 2002, the station was sold to Spotlight Broadcasting of New Orleans, LLC for $250,000.  They flipped the format to "Swamp Pop", a wonderful regional flavor of zydeco and other Louisiana-centric music. 

Sadly, the Swamp Pop disappeared around September 2015, replaced with Gospel music. 

The station received a construction permit to boost power to 3.8 kW in August 2020, still as a daytime only operator.