WAGG radio station broadcasts at a frequency of 610 AM and is licensed to Birmingham, Alabama. The station broadcasts at a power of 5,000 watts during the day and 1000 watts at night. WAGG radio station is an urban gospel music station and mostly targets the African American population in Birmingham. The station is known for the slogan “Birmingham best gospel”.
It is owned by summit media(SM-WAGG, LLC), which is also the owner of six other sister stations. These include WBHJ, WBHK, WBPT, WENN, WPYA, WZZK, and W297BF. They all share studios in the Cahaba neighborhood, southeast of Birmingham.
WAGG call letters were assigned to the station on 15th 1999 by federal communications commission. It can be listened to in both 610 AM and 100.1 FM.
The 610 AM station was first on-air in 1926 as WKBC 1310, with the call sign meaning ‘Alabama gospel giant’ or ‘AG’ (from the name Gaston AG) who is the former owner of the station, and at the time he was the local owner of a furniture company.
It was later sold to Birmingham News in 1932 and changed the call sign to WSGN which represented souths greatest newspaper. WSGN was an affiliate station to NBC blue network in the 1940s.
The most famous personalities worked in WSGN such as Rick Dees. He hosted morning drive-time from 1973 to 1974.
.The station has been originally an urban gospel station since 1982.
- The throne room is a show hosted by pastor Pisani. It is usually on air from Monday to Friday from 10.00 AM to 02.59 PM.
- Joy in the morning, hosted by Leo Tylor every weekday from 5.00 AM to 10.00 AM.
- The daily bread is a show usually on air from Monday to Friday at 3.00 pm to 7. 00 pm hosted by jay Bryant.
- The gospel on the night side is on-air weekdays from 7.00 PM to 12.00 AM. The show is hosted by Jay Bryant.
- Alabama sports. WAGG provides coverage of the university of Alabama athletics and its multimedia rights holder. Together with stations like the kiss, WZZK, 106.9 the eagles, WAGG provides live streams for sports like crimson tide men’s basketball and all UA women’s basketball. This was as a result of a signed agreement of five years between Learfield and summit media, LLC. The agreement was that summit media become home for crimson tide sports network in Birmingham.
Other shows personalities are: Valerie hicks Powe show, Dr. K. show, Gospel videos, and VIP club
WAGG has been rated as the top position of gospel station in Birmingham. In 2013, Arbitron rated WAGG as the number one religious radio station in the Birmingham market.
WAGG 610 was also nominated for a stellar award, highest honor in gospel music in 2012