The Early Years of WGNS Radio (1940's - 1960's)
The Early Years of WGNS Radio (1940's - 1960's)

As the New Year of 1947 approached, rural Rutherford County had a dramatically different feel than that of today. Approximately 8,000 persons populated the entire county. It was a big thing for the county to get its first radio station! Word is that on the night of December 31, 1946, throughout the county people were tuning their radio dials.

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Past and current WGNS vehicles used in
Past and current WGNS vehicles used in "Live" remotes
WGNS has pictures of past and current radio station vehicles. The vehicles in these pictures were all used during "LIVE" remote broadcasts over the years in and around Rutherford County. If you have a picture of a WGNS vehicle, please share it with us so we can post it online.
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WGNS came on the air Dec. 31, 1946 with a full day of broadcast in 1947
WGNS came on the air Dec. 31, 1946 with a full day of broadcast in 1947
From the Daily News Journal in 1946: "Murfreesboro’s new radio station WGNS, operating at 1450 on the dial goes into operation tonight with a special local program and a New Year’s program via the Mutual Broadcasting System"
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Our favorite section - the history of the WGNS studios (in pictorial form)
Our favorite section - the history of the WGNS studios (in pictorial form)
These are some neat pictures. The below photos are from the WGNS studios over the years. These are pictures from the 1940’s to today. You will love viewing the changes in technology. These are very interesting pictures. . 
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Community events involving WGNS - Lots of photos from the 90's and 80's
Community events involving WGNS - Lots of photos from the 90's and 80's
The 1980's and 1990's were a fun time for WGNS. It was a time of CONSTANT growth in Rutherford County. With growth came radio remote after radio remote. These are a few of the pictures we gathered over the years.
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WGNS Logo's, Shirt's, Design Ideas from the Past
WGNS Logo's, Shirt's, Design Ideas from the Past
WGNS has designed thousands of promotional items over the years. Below are just a small sample of past advertising related logo’s, materials and memorabilia. Again, we STRESS small sample. If you have some old WGNS related pictures, email them to news@wgnsradio.com.
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The WGNS sticker page - do you remember these stickers?
The WGNS sticker page - do you remember these stickers?
WGNS has created about 50 different bumper stickers over the years. This is just a very small sample of some of thise stickers. Did we say "very small sample?"
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1980's: Several ads and news releases from the 1980's
1980's: Several ads and news releases from the 1980's
In the 1980's, WGNS would send out a daily fax that updated business owners on new topics for the day. Of course, this was before people could simply "log on" to WGNSradio.com to read the daily news. Below are some of the faxes that WGNS sent out in 1986. The below stories were also reported on AM 1450. 
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2001: The Day the Tower Fell at WGNS
2001: The Day the Tower Fell at WGNS
At 7:32AM (Central Time) Easter Sunday morning, April 15, 2001, a severe storm hit Rutherford County. The Straight From The Heart radio broadcast suddenly went silent. Bart called the new technician on duty and asked him to step out the front door and see if the tower lights were "on". That would tell whether the electricity was still working at the transmitter.
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A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950
WGNS had an overwhelming response of positive feedback on past post we created that take a look back into Murfreesboro and Rutherford County history. Most of these pictures are from Shacklett's Photography. 
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A Pictorial Step Back to the 1900's in Rutherford County
A Pictorial Step Back to the 1900's in Rutherford County
Rutherford County is a community that is rich in history. From Oakland’s Mansion to the Princess Theater, there are so many memories for so many people. Below are photos gathered from around the community that date back to the 1900's. The following photographs below are stored at Shacklett’s Photography on South Church Street in Murfreesboro, TN.
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WGNS Officially Adds Two FM's to our AM for the first time
WGNS Officially Adds Two FM's to our AM for the first time
WGNS was proudly the first AM radio station in the United States to begin this expanded FM translator service to our community. The station began FM coverage at 9:00 o’clock Thursday morning, March 1, 2007. Now, in addition to hearing the Good Neighbor Station at AM 1450, you can now listen on FM 100.5 and FM 101.9. Of course, our over-the-air TV channel 11 coverage will continue.
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