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WAGQ Audio (Top 40)

Matter of Days promo (Randy Reeves)WJSR flip to WAGQ
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WAGQ105 Aircheck 77-07-29George Montiel (1977)
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WAGQ 1978 Afternoon ski report/local news'Lenka Croom
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WALR Audio (Hot A/C)

WALR Composite Spring 1990Courtesy of John Wetherbee
00:00 / 04:31

104.7 Athens/Atlanta History

Early History

In January 1964, the station signed on as WDOL-FM. It was the FM counterpart of AM 1470 WDOL (now WXAG). Both stations were owned by James S. Rivers, who served as the president. Because WDOL was a daytimer, WDOL-FM simulcasted the AM station's country music format during the day and continued on its own after sunset when WDOL had to be off the air. WDOL-FM was powered at only 3,500 watts, limiting its signal to Athens and adjacent communities, not hitting the larger Atlanta radio market..


In the 1970s, the station got a boost to 50,000 watts. As more people acquired FM radios, WDOL-FM switched its call sign to WJSR and aired a progressive rock format, while co-owned WDOL continued as a country outlet.


In 1976, WJSR was acquired by Broadcast Properties, Inc. The station flipped to Top 40/CHR, as WAGQ, and became an affiliate of the ABC Contemporary Network. Even though the station had a 50,000 watt signal on a 230-foot tower, it was still limited to serving Athens and its surrounding towns.

In the mid-1980s, WAGQ asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit to double its power to 100,000 watts and greatly increase its antenna height to over 1,000 feet, using to a tower closer to Atlanta. This would make WAGQ a "move-in station," serving the more lucrative Atlanta market. The FCC granted the request, making WAGQ a Class C1 station.


In 1989, the station was sold to Ring Radio, Inc., which also owned WCNN. "Music Radio 104.7" debuted, with a hot adult contemporary format under Program Director John Wetherbee. Staff members included Larry Dixon, Mark McCain, Wetherbee, and others. The station switched its call sign to WALR in July 1990.

On October 8, 1990, WALR-FM was relaunched with an urban adult contemporary format as "Love 104.7", then later on as "Kiss 104.7". This was the second incarnation of the "Kiss" branding, after it was previously used in the mid-1980s on WEKS (the former call sign on 104.1). Under this format, it was the first permanent competitor to attempt to chip away at the African-American audience enjoyed by heritage urban station WVEE.


On August 30, 2000, WALR and its adult urban format moved to 104.1, now known as "Kiss 104.1," to make room for Christian Contemporary WFSH "104.7 the Fish." The swap was part of an asset exchange between Cox Media Group and Salem Communications.

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