AM Technical Profile: WGEA
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view] According to FCC records, the tower site is right on the
banks of the Pea River, but it is actually on "Radio Hill"
overlooking the river.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 35 watts
- 1 tower
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public
- The station was
put on the air in 1953 by three brothers: Howard, Clarence and Alton
Scott, owners of the local Geneva County Reaper paper.
In attendance at the official opening ceremony (held 2 April 1953)
were Senator John Sparkman and Governor Gordon Persons. Known
as the "Voice of The Geneva County Reaper", the station sold in the
late 50s to Radio South, then owned by Miles and Celeste Ferguson.
- In 1962
a group of local businessmen formed Geneva County Broadcasting
Company and bought the station. WGEA-FM (later WUSD, WRJM, WPHH) was
put on the air on June 27, 1969.
- In 1987
WGEA AM & FM was sold to Shelly Broadcasting Company owned by
Jack Mizell of Ozark. He changed the call letters of the FM station
to WRJM. Although Mr. Mizell lost the FM station to bank
foreclosure, he continues to own and operate WGEA. Before
picking up the current conservative talk lineup with the slogan,
"The Spirit of Geneva", the station had a country/mixed variety
- In April 2017, the FCC canceled
the license for this station. According to the FCC, the
station's renewal in 2012 could not be processed due to the station's
ownership owing outstanding debt to the FCC. The station's
website appears to be active, as does the live stream, as of late
April 2017, but the station itself is silent. According to
Mizell, the FCC troubles date back to at least 2012. At some
point, when a health issue caused the station manager to have to step
down, Mizell took over operations afterwards but he too succumbed to
health issues that kept him out of the loop for an extended period of
time, causing the FCC to delete the license after no one could respond
to the inquiries. Ownership is currently working with the IRS to
secure a substantial refund for overpayment, which will in turn be
used to square up the FCC and hopefully get the license reinstated at
some point in the not too distant future.
That future never came, as the FCC permanently revoked the license in
September 2019, saying the station's ownership failed to prove
allegations of financial hardship.