WTGM (960 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Salisbury, Maryland, United States, the station is currently owned by iHeartMedia. WTGM is located on the Delmarva Peninsula, and that is shown on the Fox Sports station logo.

WTGM
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CitySalisbury, Maryland
Broadcast areaSalisbury-Ocean City
Branding"Fox Sports Radio 960"
Frequency960 kHz
First air date1940
FormatSports talk
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID28165
Transmitter coordinates38°25′44.00″N 75°37′26.00″W / 38.4288889°N 75.6238889°W / 38.4288889; -75.6238889
Call sign meaningW The GaMe (original nickname)
former reflection of sister station WTEM
Former call signsWBOC (1940-1980), WSBY (1980-1989), WLVW (1989-1993)
Former frequencies1500 kHz (1940-1941)
1230 kHz (1941-1948)
AffiliationsFox Sports Radio
Delmarva Shorebirds
Baltimore Ravens
OwneriHeartMedia
(Capstar TX, LLC)
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteWTGM

HistoryEdit

 
"Sports Talk 960" logo

WBOC on 1500 kHz began broadcasting in 1940, relocating to 1230 a year later and sliding down to 960 in 1948 (a move that permitted a power increase from 250 to 1,000 watts). It was initially owned by the Peninsula Broadcasting Company and broadcast from Radio Park on north US Route 13. In the mid 1950s WBOC increased its daytime power to 5,000 watts.

WBOC radio-TV was acquired by the A.S. Abell Company in 1961, and the licensee changed to WBOC, Inc. In 1980, the WBOC cluster was split up, and MarDel Communications bought the station, which changed its callsign to WSBY. MarDel moved the transmitter again to its current location and increased nighttime power to 5,000 watts. The station received new calls, WLVW, in 1989. (The WLVW callsign was later used by an FM station in Salisbury with an oldies format, that station is now K-Love affiliate WLSW.)

By 1993, WLVW had come under common ownership with WTEM in Washington, DC, and on August 30, 1993, it became WTGM with a sports talk format known as The Game. Eventually, WTGM picked up a Fox Sports Radio affiliation and changed its name to Sports Talk 960 (using similar imaging to WTEM). During this time, it carried the games of the minor league Delmarva Shorebirds (which still air on the station) and around 50 games of their parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, as well as college sports from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Salisbury University and high school sports. It also had a number of local shows, such as The Endzone with Ed, Frank and Jon, which ran from 2004 to 2008).

WTGM was acquired by Cumulus Media in 1997 and swapped to Clear Channel Communications in 2000 as part of a station exchange related to the latter's merger with AMFM.

On February 22, 2011, WTGM rebranded as "The Sports Animal".

On October 29, 2012, WTGM changed formats to comedy, branded as "Comedy 960".

On August 4, 2014, following the end of the 24/7 Comedy network, Fox Sports Radio moved back to WTGM, as "Fox Sports Radio 960".

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