AM Technical Profile: WPID


Frequency:
1280
Format:
Adult Contemporary, Oldies
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Located on the 400 block of Cedartown Highway, east of Piedmont.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 84 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCData.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
Owned by Piedmont Radio, Inc.
Pictures:
[studio/tower] a view of the studio and tower
History:
This station was put on the air in May of 1953 by Ruby J. Clotfelder, Cary L. Graham and Mac M. Thomas (as Piedmont Radio Station), as a 1 kW daytimer on 1280 kHz.  The studios and transmitter have always been located together, on the 400 block of Cedartown Highway east of Piedmont.  The license was transferred to Terrence J. Gladden (as WPID Radio Station, later Piedmont Broadcasting Company, Inc.) in 1965. 

Although it's unknown what the format was in the earliest days of the station's operation, it appears it was Contemporary Country through the mid-70's. 
The station license was transferred to Alex Allen Carwile (as Radio Station WPID) in 1977.

By the early to mid 80's, the station had moved from Country to Adult Contemporary.  The station was acquired by Piedmont Radio for $125,000 in May 1984.  In the 90's, the station started adding some oldies to the AC mix. 

The station's license expired in 2004 after they failed to renew it with the FCC.  The station wasn't notified of the error until late 2005, when it took action to correct the problem.  Although the FCC did re-instate the station's license shortly thereafter, they also fined them $7,000 for noncompliance.