AM Technical Profile: WGYV
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view] On the south side of AL-10 (Commerce Street) in
Greenville, about a half mile west of US-31.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Day: 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
// WTJT Baker, FL
Owned by Robert John Williamson (Florala Broadcasting)
Broadcasting Company (E. Vernon Stabler, Calvin Poole and Samuel W.
Ferrell, Jr.) applied for a new broadcasting station on 1400 kHz,
with 250 watts, in 1947. Engineer Robert F. Wolfskill signed the
station on in August 1948 with a Gates 250-C transmitter, operating
full time. From the beginning, the station had the WGYV calls,
and transmitter from the current location on AL-10 just east of
In the late 50's, the station was known to be a Keystone
affiliate. It is likely that the station had a typical small
town "do it all format" with a variety of music (including
Contemporary Pop and Country & Western) and local
programming. The station moved to 1380 kHz in 1956, in order
to increase power to 1,000 watts full time with a Gates BC-1J
transmitter. Interestingly, for three years (1958 through
1960) the station was required to sign off at 6 pm between April and
August of each year.
By the late 70's, the station was still airing a variety of
programming, but had shifted to Adult Contemporary and Country after
an FM station signed on in '77 with a Top 40 music format.
In the early 80's, the station transitioned to all-Country music
when the aforementioned FM competition switched to Adult
Contemporary. The station was acquired by Butler Broadcasting
in 1982 for $150,000.
The station remained with the Country format until the mid-90's,
when it flipped to News/Talk. After a few years, they began
transitioning to a hybrid Talk and Oldies music format. The
station was bought by Golden Broadcasting Company in 1995.
The station was bought by Robert John Williamson in 2002. In
2004, the station received a rare major modification construction
permit to relocate to Aurora, Indiana on 1030 kHz. That permit
expired, but another was applied and granted in 2008. That
permit also never got built, and expired in 2011. At some
point when these permits were active, the station flipped to a
Gospel and Religious format.
During the mid-2010's, the station was doing Talk again, with Black
Gospel and preaching on the weekends. That gave way to Classic
Hits in May 2016.
It was announced in January 2020 that Florida-panhandle based WTJT
would begin simulcasting on WGYV on 7 January. WTJT is a
noncommercial religious broadcaster in the Crestview area.