And another one makes the switch: Jacobs Media Corporation announced a major expansion of its popular news-talk radio programming into the FM side of its broadcast operations as well as the addition of Glenn Beck. The new WDUN-FM 102.9 (Gainesville, GA) launched 10/4, replacing the former Oldies KOOL-FM.
“As we’ve done throughout our sixty-year history, we are responding to the needs of a changing populace that demands more local news and talk radio,”
said Jay Jacobs, president of Jacobs Media. “With the growth of digital music and satellite radio, FM stations across the country are beginning to replace music formats with talk radio. We are excited about the opportunities in positioning WDUN on the forefront of this fast-moving trend.”
With the addition of WDUN-FM, local listeners will have many more talk-show shows from which to choose – in addition to local news and programming. The stronger FM signal also will reach a larger audience stretching from Gwinnett County, GA to the south all the way up to the North Georgia mountains, North Carolina and South Carolina.
WDUN-AM 550 will continue to air Rush Limbaugh along with homegrown talent Al Gainey, whose increasingly popular talk show covers political topics from a local perspective.
WDUN-FM and WDUN-AM together will simulcast the local portion of its programming with The Morning Show hosted by veteran broadcasters Bill Maine and Joel Williams, in addition to Gainey’s show and Fox 5 TV Atlanta News. From mid-morning to afternoon, the FM station will air a variety of talkers that include Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, and Mike Gallagher, as well as Monica Crowley and Michael Medved on weekends.
Jacobs Media also O&O’s 1240 ESPN and the news website AcccessNorthGa.com.
Jacobs Media has been owned and operated by the Jacobs family since 1949. HQ’d in Gainesville, the company operates a 24-hour newsroom (“North Georgia’s Newsroom”) that includes two AM (WDUN-AM and WGGA-AM) and one FM (WDUN-FM) radio stations along with Internet news website AccessNorthGA.com and another new venture, WDUN Web TV.