Wednesday, March 14, 2007

1430 History

This is the tenth station history post on this blog.

This next post of a radio station that James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", owned from 1967 through 1979.

1430 History

1430 signed on the air as WGYW-AM in 1960. In 1967, WGYW became WJBE-AM as James Brown bought the station. The station was promoted as “WJBE 1430, Raw Soul”. The station featured many personalities including Jerry Mason II, Tene’ Croom, Larry Tinsley, and others. The station also aired weekly messages from Messenger Elijah Muhammad every Sunday morning at 10:00am.

In 1979, James Brown sold the station and in 1980, the station changed its call letters to WBMK but kept the soul music format. In 1987, the call letters were changed from WBMK to WEMG.

However, in 1989, the station signed off for good and the frequency was deleted, thus, ending the run of the station that was once owned by James Brown, a legendary soul singer.

2 comments:

Steve Howard said...

In the summers when I was young, our family would travel from Kingsport down to Daytona Beach each year. Our trip took us thru Augusta GA, where James Brown owned 1480-WRDW. I loved 60s and 70s soul music (still do), and was enamoured with a station that was owned by The Godfather Of Soul, played exclusively soul music, and had all black jocks (really good jocks, at that! JB didn't mess around).

So imagine my excitement when I arrived at UTK in the fall of '74 to discover that The Godfather owned 1430 WJBE ... "The Town-Taker/The Soul-Shaker/The Music-Maker!" I listened to 'JBE every bit as much as 'KGN, and more than I listened to 'NOX.

Steve Howard said...

In the summers when I was young, our family would travel from Kingsport down to Daytona Beach each year. Our trip took us thru Augusta GA, where James Brown owned 1480-WRDW. I loved 60s and 70s soul music (still do), and was enamoured with a station that was owned by The Godfather Of Soul, played exclusively soul music, and had all black jocks (really good jocks, at that! JB didn't mess around).

So imagine my excitement when I arrived at UTK in the fall of '74 to discover that The Godfather owned 1430 WJBE ... "The Town-Taker/The Soul-Shaker/The Music-Maker!" I listened to 'JBE every bit as much as 'KGN, and more than I listened to 'NOX.