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WMGY (800 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Montgomerymarker, Alabamamarker, USAmarker. The station, which began broadcasting in 1946, is owned by George H. Buck, Jr., and the license is held by WMGY Radio, Inc.

WMGY broadcasts a Southern Gospel music format to the Montgomery metropolitan areamarker. The station features programming from Salem Communications.

History

This AM station began operations on July 26, 1946, as a daytime-only broadcaster using the callsign WMGY with 1,000 watts of power on 800 kHz under the ownership of the Dixie Broadcasting Company. In November 1958, WMGY was acquired by Radio Montgomery, Inc., as part of the C. A. McClure Stations Group.

In the late 1970s, the station's license was transferred to George H. Buck, Jr., and the longtime country and western music format was replaced with Southern Gospel and religious radio programming. The station has maintained this format for more than 30 years and calls itself "the oldest Christian music station in Montgomery". In March 1982, owner George H. Buck, Jr., reached an agreement to transfer the license for this station to WMGY Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 23, 1982. As of January 2009, George H. Buck, Jr., remains the sole shareholder of licensee WMGY Radio, Inc.

In addition to its local broadcasts, WMGY began streaming its programming over the internet in 2007.

Former personalities

Sammy Stephens, whose "It's just like a mini-mall" rap advertisements for Flea Market Montgomery made him an internet sensation, got his start in broadcasting as the "Candyman," his on-air persona for WMGY and WXVImarker radio stations.

Billy Nobles was named Favorite DJ Medium Market by the Singing News Fan Awards in 1988, 1989, and 1993.

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