AM History Profile: WMRK
Originally WGWC (for original owner G. W. Covington
Jr.), this station signed on in 1946. Three years later Covington
died and the station was transferred to Dallas Broadcasters, who held the
station until 1961 when the station was aquired by Robert J. Martin.
In 1964 the station upped its power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts.
Later became WAMA (alabAMA) in 1968 and was sold to the Vogel-Hendrix Corporation
in 1969. Later the station was sold to Alexander Broadcasting, owners
of WALX, and the calls were changed to WMRK (as in MaRK alexander.
The station and WALX were sold to Scott Broadcasting
in 2006. Scott also owns WJAM.
The current format is a mixture of oldies and syndicated
Rumors are circulating in the winter of 2009 as to
the future of Scott's WJAM after it relocated to the Montgomery market;
some speculate that it will flip from urban adult contemporary to news/talk
and the urban music will move to WMRK. Scott has also filed an application
as of March 2009 to move the station to Thomaston, with 1 kW day and night
from a tower site northwest of the city limits, while moving their little
FM in Thomaston to Orrville. Fruit basket turnover!