AM History Profile: WARI
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construction permit for a new station was granted to Abbeville
Radio, Inc. (John Mizell and James Crawford) in June 1960 for a
station on 1480 kHz, running 1,000 watts days only. By
August 1961 the station had signed on; it's unclear what the
format was in the earliest days. In 1962, the station
attempted to get a boost in power, to 5 kW days with 1 kW nights
but was denied by the FCC. The station's studios were at the
transmitter site, about two miles northwest of Abbeville on
AL-10. Early on, the station was known to carry some County
music programming in addition to whatever their main format
was. By 1968, the station had spawned an FM companion,
WARI-FM on 94.3 MHz.
Mizell died in 1968 and ownership of the company eventually moved
to Arthur L. Harris.
By the early 70's, the station has gone to Country music fulltime,
with the FM duplicating programming about half the time.
Ownership of the radio company was transferred from Arthur Harris
to James K. Sanders, III, in 1975. By 1976, the station was
doing a Diversified format including some Country and Rock music,
with the FM sister duplicating it by about 75% of the time.
By 1978 the AM was back to fulltime Country and the FM was being
Ownership of the stations was sold to Henry County Radio, Inc. in
January 1980. They flipped the format to a Black-targeted
music and talk format. They later sold the stations to
Abbeville wireless, who flipped the format to Oldies around
1985. It continued to operate with Oldies until the mid-90's
when it disappeared. The FCC deleted the license in
Maps] Location of the former WARI transmitter and studios.