WZGC

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WZGC
The Game 92.9.jpg
CityAtlanta, Georgia
Broadcast areaAtlanta metropolitan area
Branding92-9 The Game
SloganAtlanta Sports Radio
Frequency92.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 1, 1955 (1955-09-01) (as WGKA-FM)
FormatSports Talk
ERP66,000 watts
HAAT340 meters (1,120 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID13805
Transmitter coordinates33°48′26″N 84°20′22″W / 33.80722°N 84.33944°W / 33.80722; -84.33944Coordinates: 33°48′26″N 84°20′22″W / 33.80722°N 84.33944°W / 33.80722; -84.33944
Callsign meaning"We're Z-93, General Cinema"
(former branding and owners)
Former callsignsWGKA-FM (1955–1972)
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsWAOK, WSTR, WVEE
Webcast92.9 The Game
92.9 dave roots
Website929thegame.com

WZGC FM ("92.9 The Game") is a sports talk radio station owned by Entercom. It shares studios with the other two sister stations at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta and has a transmitter in unincorporated DeKalb County west of Emory University.

WZGC HD2 (currently off-air) carried an Americana format branded as "Dave Roots".

History[edit]

WGKA-FM to Z-93[edit]

The station was one of the most rigid Atlanta FM radio stations in terms of name and callsign. Prior to 1972, it was the first full-time FM Atlanta classical music station, with the call letters WGKA-FM. It changed to WZGC in 1972, when it began as an album-oriented rock station. It switched to Top 40 in March 1973 as "Z-93", then 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.[1]

Dave FM to 92.9 The Game[edit]

Former logo

The name change to "Dave FM" and format switch to adult album alternative came on July 22, 2004, following a stunt featuring all-Dave Matthews Band music. Dave FM's first song was "Orange Crush" by R.E.M..[2]

Throughout its run as "Dave", the station maintained decent ratings, though it was never an overall winner. However, in the summer of 2011, the station began dropping in the ratings. Due to this, CBS announced in July 2012 that the station would flip to sports-talk in October. [3]Dave's final day of programming, which started on September 29 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 AM on September 30, 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. The format would return to the market the following March 28 on WRDA FM 105.7 (and simulcast WRDG FM 96.7), whose playlist is a cross between Dave and the former 99X.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[4] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[5][6]

Former DJs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1980s/1989/RR-1989-01-06.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2004/RR-2004-07-23.pdf
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  5. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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