WIFM Radio Station - 100.9
813 North Bridge Street
PO Box 1038
Elkin, North Carolina (NC) 28621
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio Line: 336-835-1233
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The history of WIFM is at least in part a history of FM radio. WIFM is one of the oldest FM stations in America today. Al Hinshaw thrust WIFM into a mostly empty FM band 1949. At that time almost no one had an FM radio, thus WIFM-AM was created in 1953.
Hinshaw sold WIFM in 1954 to Mr. Jim Childress, who started many of the stations in our region. In a 1999 interview, Mr. Childress spoke to me of his love for radio. "If I were a young man, I'd be out there again.,.. building stations, running them, and enjoying my time."
A high school student named Leon Reece began working part-time in 1953, first for Mr. Childress, then for Tri-County Broadcasting. For most of his WIFM tenure, Leon was General Manager, morning host, and eventually Secretary- Treasurer, and part owner. Leon will always be best remembered as the host of the pioneering early-morning talk show called "Open Mike."
Leon gave a start to many young broadcasters, including Barney Hall (of MRN Radio), the late Gary Dornburg (voice of the NC State Wolfpack), Alan Combs (former part owner and General Manager of WWWC Wilkesboro) and a young kid named Mike Walker. I began my career of 35 years and counting in 1974 thanks to Leon.
In 1995 WIFM was sold to FSA Broadcasting. The station was sold again in 1998 to Von Broadcasting, finally finding a home under the ownership of Yadkin Valley Broadcasting in 2003 with CEO Gary York a the helm.
Owner/Operator: The Production Room
Host/Producer: "Saving the 70's"