Cov­ing­ton has had one ra­dio sta­tion for past 19 years

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

The first ra­dio sta­tion to serve New­ton and sur­round­ing coun­ties was li­censed on Dec. 6, 1946 as WMOC. The sta­tion was lo­cated in a build­ing just off Mon­ti­cello Street and op­er­ated full time on 1490 kilo­cy­cles. On Sept. 3, 1953 the sta­tion was li­censed to op­er­ate day­time only on 1430 kilo­cy­cles.

The sta­tion went off the air Oct. 6, 1953 and re­mained off un­til Dec. 27, 1953 dur­ing which time it was sold to a group of busi­ness­men in Alabama. This group op­er­ated the sta­tion as WGFS for sev­eral years. The sta­tion ex­pe­ri­enced fi­nan­cial and per­son­nel prob­lems and it was sold again on June 1, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hoff­man who moved to New­ton County from Cov­ing­ton, Ten­nessee.

The sta­tion was moved from its lo­ca­tion on Mon­ti­cello Street into a new build­ing on Cov­ing­ton-Cony­ers high­way in May 1958. A new tower was erected at that time and more mod­ern equip­ment has been added each year since then.

Mod­ern car­tridge tape record­ing equip­ment was in­stalled in 1962. A new trans­mit­ter was placed in ser­vice in 1963. A mo­bile re­mote trans­mit­ter pro­vides bet­ter cov­er­age of lo­cal events. The sta­tion has put spe­cial em­pha­sis on lo­cal news for sev­eral years in or­der to pro­vide lis­ten­ers with up to the minute cov­er­age of hap­pen­ings con­cern­ing this area.

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