McGaw in the Morning is Now Part of the History at WOLX

McGaw in the Morning is Now Part of the History at WOLX

January 17, 2018
Jim & Teri in WOLX Coats

What is one year?

Whether you count it as 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, or as one complete orbit of the earth around the sun -- it is time. And time seems to fly when you are having fun! 

Jim and I are having fun, and we thank YOU for making the last year go by so quickly. It's true. Our little McGaw in the Morning Show is celebrating its one year anniversary on January 17, 2018. As I mentioned to Jim on-air, I actually taped my fortune from a cookie to my calendar a year ago, and it reads:  "An investment in yourself will pay dividends for the rest of your life." Even if it means coming to work and having fun everyday is the dividend, I believe this fortune is coming true!

Despite one year behind us, the McGaw in the Morning Show on classic hits 94.9 WOLX remains new to us. Jim and I both have a long history in broadcasting, but this is the first time either one of us have had a regular early morning position in radio. So, while we are adding to our own personal history here, we are also enjoying learning more about the unique history of the station itself, and the time it has been on the air. Director of Technical Operations Christopher Tarr's research pointed him to the Town of Greenfield -- just east of Baraboo in Sauk County -- for the beginnings of the radio station, known then as WWCF. This early version of WOLX went on the air in 1947, more than 70 years ago, or 840 months. Talk about time flying by! WWCF was owned by Willlie C. Forrest, a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and considered a pioneer of radio in Southern Wisconsin. HIs station, WWCF and now WOLX, is one of the oldest FM's on the air in the entire state -- covering 33 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, and often into Illinois, Iowa, and east to Milwaukee. "What’s interesting about the technical design is that when WOLX went on the air back in ’47, the rules 
were much different than they are today for FM stations," Tarr says. "Back then, the FM band was a vast wasteland, and many stations were built at “super-powers,” or power levels higher than would be allowed today. Many of those early stations also went off the air because, at the time, there was no money in FM. WOLX, on the other hand, stayed on the air and therefore is grandfathered at it’s current power level. WOLX is licensed for 37,000 watts at the top of a 650’ tower. If you add the height of the bluff that the tower sits on, the antenna is a whopping 1400’ above Madison and the rest of that part of the state. If it were to be licensed today under the current rules, it would be limited to only 8,000 watts. It remains one of the biggest signals in the state!"

A big signal, Jim and I want to take care of, as we move into our second year on air together -- with you.