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The Essentials

Call LetterS: WDGS
Frequency: Formerly 1290am
City of License: New Albany
Metro(s): Louisville, Kentucky
Power: 500 watts - Day, 1000 watt - night (DA-2)
Format: Gospel
Address: 220 Potters Lane, Clarksville, IN 47129-1020
Phone: 812.945.9195
Ownership: Dale Broadcasting
Network Affiliation(s): NBN (National Black Network)

Station Personnel



President: M.R. Lankford
President: Stuart K. Lankford
GM: Mike Day
GM: Lee Kelly (From News Director)
GM: Larry Price
GM: James W. Menefee, Jr.
Station Manager: John Kern
Chief Engineer: John Bowles
Chief Engineer: Bill Anderson
OM/MD: Steve Sheley
OM: Gordon Holfey
PD: John Hart
MD: Michael Warner
News Director: Cathy Price
News Director: Mary Carter
Promotions Director: John Hart
Promotions Director: Larry Miller
Promotions Director: Ed Phillips
Sports Director: Bob Anthis
Women's Director: Linda Dillow


President/GM: Archie Dale
Chief Engineer: John W. Smith, Sr.
SM: Duwayne McElroy
OM: Virgil Baldon, Jr.
PD: Sylvia Walker
PD: Keith Landecker
PD: Rev. James Ford
News Director: Bill Graham
Business Manager: Carolyn T. Kimmons (1981-86).
Production Director: Rev. James Ford

Station History

1290am signed on February 14, 1966.


Owned by M.R. Lankford Broadcasting. Lankford changed the call letters from WNIR to WREY.


Owned by M.R. Lankford Broadcasting. Studios located at 4th and Spring (PO Box 634), New Albany, IN 47150 (Telephone: 812.945.9195) MOR format. M.R. Lankford Broadcasting sold the radio station to New Albany Broadcasting Company (President: Stuart K. Lankford) in the early 1970s. UPI News affiliate. In the mid to late 1970s, WREY flipped formats from MOR to Country music. In 1978, New Albany Broadcasting Company (President: Stuart K. Lankford) sold WREY(AM) to Radio Louisville, Inc.


Around 1980, WDGS moved studios to 220 Potters Lane, Clarksville, IN 47129. In September 1981, Radio Louisville, Inc. sold WDGS to Joselyn Broadcasting, Inc. Joselyn Broadcasting, Inc. sold WDGS to Dale Broadcasting in 1983. WDGS changed format to Black Gospel. WDGS changed format again to Adult R&B from June 1985 until January 1987, when WDGS returned to Gospel. WDGS gained 1000 watts - nighttime service on November 22, 1985. Dale Broadcasting closed the radio station and it went dark in October 1987. The FCC deleted the allocation in 1991. WDGS shared a tower site with 1570am (WNDA).

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