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WMOA radio celebrates 75 years

WMOA Radio celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary ‘on the air’ in the month of September.

For radio station that prides itself on local programming, Marietta’s Radio station will not disappoint its listeners in the month of its birth.

This September on the airwaves of WMOA 1490 and now also at 101.3 listeners will have a chance to win a limited edition #75 WMOA football jersey or one of 75 footballs. Station owner Johnny Wharff explains, “we collaborated with Zide’s to come up with some unique giveaways for our listeners and our WMOA alums.”

In the month of September, WMOA will give away 75 jerseys, all adorning the #75, plus 75 footballs, along with a host of other events.

We booked the entire month of September’s Talk of the Town dates with voices of the past.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:40 a.m. listeners will hear from former WMOA employees like Dan Castelli, Ralph Allen, Bill White, Dick Long, Dan Latham, Dolly Hecox, Dick Sams, Don Staats, Ernie Hartong, Mike McNamara, Rich Galen and more.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Wharff said, “in preparing for this 75th, the staff is jazzed for it, and we think the listeners will enjoy the sojourns back in time.”

Amongst the many activities planned WMOA is host of the September Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.

“We will be on the roof of the Lafayette Hotel. A lot of folks may not know the radio station was in the basement of the Lafayette in the late 40s,” Wharff said, “and as a bonus ‘Big John’ [Wharff, station owner from 1985-1996] will be inducted into the Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame on the weekend of the anniversary.”

WMOA began broadcasting as an experimental radio station in September 1946 from a garage in Williamstown, W.Va., across the Ohio River from Marietta.

The station, upon receiving a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license, relocated its broadcast studios to the basement of the historic Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta.

The studios relocated again to the Citizen’s Bank Building during the latter part of the 20th Century before settling at their current location on Lancaster Street in Marietta.

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