WZGC (92.9 FM) – branded 92.9 The Game – is a commercial sports radio station licensed to Atlanta, Georgia, serving the Atlanta metropolitan area. Owned by Entercom, WZGC is the Atlanta affiliate for CBS Sports Radio; the flagship station for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks radio networks; and the radio home of Hugh Douglas and Randy McMichael. The WZGC studios are located at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta, while the station transmitter resides in Atlanta's North Druid Hills neighborhood. In addition to a standard analog transmission, WZGC broadcasts over one HD Radio channel, and is available online via Radio.com.

WZGC
The Game 92.9.jpg
CityAtlanta, Georgia
Broadcast areaMetro Atlanta
Branding92-9 The Game
SloganAtlanta Sports Radio
Frequency92.9 MHz (HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1955; 64 years ago (1955-09-01)
FormatSports radio
ERP66,000 watts
HAAT340 meters
ClassC1
Facility ID13805
Transmitter coordinates33°48′26″N 84°20′22″W / 33.80722°N 84.33944°W / 33.80722; -84.33944
Callsign meaningformer owner General Cinema
Former callsignsWGKA-FM (1955–72)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Atlanta Falcons Radio Network
Atlanta Hawks Radio Network
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsWAOK, WSTR, WVEE
WebcastListen Live
Website929thegame.radio.com

HistoryEdit

The station signed on the air on September 1, 1955 as WGKA-FM. Owned by Glenkaren Associates, it was the FM counterpart of WGKA (1190 AM), with studios at 1140 Peachtree Street NE.[1] WGKA-FM was the first full-time FM classical music station in Atlanta.

In 1971, the General Cinema Corporation acquired WGKA-AM-FM. Even though it was a movie theater chain, GCC wanted to branch out into broadcast media. The classical music remained on the AM station, while the FM station became WZGC (referring to the last two letters in General Cinema) in 1972.[2] WZGC began as an album-oriented rock station, which switched to Top 40 in March 1973, calling itself "Z-93."

In the 1970s, many radios still only received AM signals. WQXI and WGST (920 AM) were the leading Top 40 stations in Atlanta, but as FM listening increased, WZGC gained an audience. The station was acquired by First Media Corporation in 1976.[3]

In the 1980s, the AM Top 40 stations switched to other formats, leaving WZGC as Atlanta's only contemporary hits station. Then in 1986, WAPW (99.7 FM) debuted with its own popular Top 40 format, with WZGC's ratings declining as a result. The station switched to a Rhythmic Contemporary format during the summer of 1987, and then to classic rock on January 3, 1989, while retaining the "Z-93" moniker.[4] Infinity Broadcasting acquired WZGC in 1992;[5] Infinity was renamed CBS Radio in December 2005.

 
Former logo

The name change to "Dave FM" and format switch to adult album alternative came at 5 p.m. on July 21, 2004, following a stunt featuring all-Dave Matthews Band music. Dave's first song was "Orange Crush" by R.E.M..[6] WZGC installed an HD Radio transmitter in the early 2000s. The HD-2 subchannel carried an Americana format branded as "Dave Roots."

Throughout its run as "Dave FM," the station maintained decent ratings, though it was never an overall winner. However, in the summer of 2011, the station saw a drop in its Arbitron ratings. At the same time, CBS had enjoyed success with several of its FM stations that had switched to all sports formats in Dallas, Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Due to this, CBS announced in July 2012 that WZGC would flip to all sports in October.[7] Dave's final day of programming, which started on September 29th after a three-day radiothon for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, consisted of the on-air staff hosting final shifts (including Steve Craig, Jill, Mara Davis, Charles, Yvonne Monet, Sully, Renee and Margot), as well as a "Top 92 Songs of Dave FM" countdown. Around 12:20 a.m. on September 30th, Dave FM ended regular programming with "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons (the #1 song in the countdown) and "Atlanta" by Butch Walker. The station ran on automation until the flip at 2 p.m. on October 24th. The final song on "Dave" was "Thank You Friends" by Big Star.

Even though WZGC was owned by CBS Radio, it didn't affiliate with CBS Sports Radio at launch, as the network already had an affiliate in Atlanta on WCNN. Because of this, WZGC had local sports hosts around the clock, all week long. Eventually, WCNN became an ESPN Radio affiliate, and WZGC added CBS Sports Radio programming to its overnight schedule.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[8] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[9][10]

ProgrammingEdit

Weekdays begin with "The Morning Show with John & Hugh" hosted by John Fricke and former New York Jets defensive end Hugh Douglas. Middays feature Andy Bunker and former Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael, Carl Dukes and Mike Bell host afternoons, evenings are handled by John Chuckery, and CBS Sports Radio is carried overnights and weekends.

WZGC is the flagship radio station for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network in the NFL and the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network in the NBA[11] and Atlanta United in MLS

Former DJsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1956 page 102
  2. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1972 page B-49
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1978 page C-51
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1980s/1989/RR-1989-01-06.pdf
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2003-2004 page D-114
  6. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2004/RR-2004-07-23.pdf
  7. ^ Rodney Ho (2010-11-30). "Confirmed: rock station 92.9/Dave FM going sports talk in the early fall | Radio & TV Talk". Blogs.ajc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  8. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  9. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ NBA.com/Hawks/TVradio

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