Tommy Williams, Ted Leeper, Joel Lawhon, and Nick Pieler had worked for many different radio stations before they all ended up at WPTF, an NBC outlet in Raleigh, North Carolina. All four men had a similar dream of starting their own radio station and in May 1947 they started to plan. The team wanted to stay in the area so they looked at towns around southern Virginia, North Carolina, and northern South Carolina. Eventually they settled on Wilson, North Carolina, as the destination for their new station. It was chosen because it was a trading area and it had very little radio coverage already. They decided to partner with a local business man, H. W. Anderson, to help them set up the business. The application for the radio station was made to the F.C.C. on July 3, 1947, and was granted on November 13, 1947. Construction on the new facilities started the next spring and the first broadcasting was on June 3, 1948.
The Station was 1420AM and used 1 kilowatt non-directional during the day and 500 watts directional during the night. The radio station managed to last a long time with The Taylor Group, Inc., acquiring it in 1997 with the new location at 103 N. Jackson St. in Wilson. By that time they had changed to mostly 1970’s music with news programing 25 hours a week. In 2017 the F.C.C received a report that the radio station had not been broadcasting for the last 6 years. When the F.C.C. looked into the matter they got no response from anyone connected to the radio station in their files, and the station officially had its license cancelled on December 19, 2017.
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www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC-YB/1999/D-Radio-NE-Ter-BC-YB-1999..pdf. Accessed 19 September 2018.
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http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/getimportletter_exh.cgi?import_letter_id=80326. Accessed 19 September 2018.
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https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1222/DOC-348385A1.pdf. Accessed 19 September 2018.