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Wlaf

WLAF
City of license La Follette, Tennessee
Broadcast area Campbell County, Tennessee
Slogan "When people speak - we always listen"
Frequency 1450 kHz
First air date May 17, 1953[1]
Format Southern Gospel
Language(s) English
Power 1,000 watts (unlimited)
Class C
Facility ID 8493
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning LAFollette
Owner Stair Company, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.1450wlaf.com/


WLAF (1450 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve La Follette, Tennessee, USA. The station, which came on the air on May 17, 1953, is currently owned by Stair Company, Inc. It was the first radio station in Campbell County, Tennessee.

WLAF broadcasts a format of Southern Gospel music which includes broadcasts from local churches, daily news and information, and local sports for Campbell County.[2]

History

The station was assigned the WLAF call sign by the Federal Communications Commission.[3]

When WLAF initiated broadcasting in 1953 its studio was located in central La Follette, in the Fleet Building. The present (2011) studio was constructed in 1966.

The station programs strictly to Campbell County, Tennessee; providing local news, sports, weather, school information, community announcements, public meeting coverage, and news from local churches.

With radiothons, WLAF raises thousands of dollars each year for charities, including the Campbell County Cancer Association, Open Arms Ministry, Toys from Heaven, and aid to local families and persons struck by various disasters.

Managers over the years include Hillard Mattie, Elmer Longmire, Bill Waddell, and Harold Branam.[4]

WLAF started the long-running Tennessee Jamboree - a live show, held in downtown LaFollette every Saturday night.[1] The show drew well-known singers and musicians, and was well-attended. The show featured the popular Blue Valley Boys.

WLAF began operating Channel 12 Comcast TV on September 1, 1991. WLAF Cable Channel 12 broadcasts local news, religious programming, local sports, and a yearly Christmas parade. When WLAF's cable channel signed on in September 1991, it was on cable channel 4.

References

  1. ^ a b Hanson, Bradley. "The Tennessee Jamboree: Local Radio, the Barn Dance, and Cultural Life in Appalachian East Tennessee". Southern Spaces. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  4. ^ Miller, Tim (December 5, 2003). "Popular Radio DJ, Wife Found Dead in LaFollette Home". WATE. 

External links

  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WLAF
  • Radio-Locator Information on WLAF
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WLAF
  • WLAF (WikiMapia)
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