History of WRDS/WSCW and
WSCW-FM/WJYP/WMXE, South Charleston
This page was contributed by Clarke Ingram. It was created on Jan. 13, 2014.
July 7, 1961. William D. Stone
seeks 1410 kc; 1 kw-D. Address: Box 8305, South
Charleston. Estimated construction cost $22,850; first
year operating cost $38,000; revenue $48,000. William
D. Stone, sole owner, owns firm leasing and
maintaining two-way radio communications systems, is
Civil Defense unit supervisor and is director and
minority stockholder of WWYO, Pineville, W. Va.
June 13, 1962. Richard E.
Herman.seeks 1410 kc, 1 kw-D, at Fayetteville, W.
Va. Address: 4209 Virginia
Ave. S.E., Charleston. Estimated construction cost
$12,620; first year operating cost $43,200; revenue
$54,000. Mr. Herman is CPA.
October 15, 1962. Broadcasting
reports that application of William D. Stone for 1410
kc, 1 kw-D at South Charleston has been accepted for
March 20, 1963. William D. Stone
granted CP for new AM station on 1410 kc, 1 kw-D at
Aug. 27, 1963. The Charleston Gazette reports:
A new radio station and the state’s first car telephone service
are expected to go into operation here next month.
Capitol Communication Co. of South Charleston reported Monday that it has been authorized
to establish station WRDS at 1410 on the AM radio dial, with 1,000 watts of power
during daylight hours.
The station will broadcast 60 per cent country music, program director
Ted Wolfe said. It will be housed in a two-story building at 605 D St. in South
Charleston and will have a 300-foot tower in North Charleston.
Crews will begin erecting the tower, near Nease Drive, next week, Wolfe said.
Mounted on the tower will be an antenna for car-telephone communications,
which will allow subscribers to place and receive telephone calls in their automobiles 24 hours
Capitol Communication Co. will ask the Public Service Commission to set a monthly
rate of $37.50 for the car-phone service, Wolfe said. William D. Stone is owner of the firm.
August 19, 1964. Station is granted license to cover as WRDS.
February 28, 1966. Broadcasting
lists WRDS as one of 16 stations newly signed to carry
the King Features Syndicate radio program "Here's
March 22, 1966. WRDS seeks CP to change frequency from 1410 kc. to 1450 kc. and change
hours of operation from daytime to unlimited using
power of 1 kw-D, 250 w-N,.
August 17, 1966. FCC grants waiver
of section 73.37 of overlap rules and accepts for
filing application of William D. Stone to change
facilities of WRDS from 1410 kc, 1 kw-D, to 1450 kc, 1
kw-D, 250 w-N.
December 21, 1966. Claude R. Hill.
Jr. seeks 1450 kc, 1 kw-D, 250 w-N, at Fayetteville,
W. Va. Address:
Box 356, Love Building. Fayetteville. Estimated
construction cost $22.500: first-year operating cost
$42,000; revenue $45,000. Principal: Claude R. Hill,
Jr. Mr. Hill is attorney and banker.
January 9, 1967. Broadcasting
lists WRDS as one of 32 radio stations that withdrew
from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
radio code during the period ending November 15, 1966.
October 1, 1968. FCC grants WRDS
pre-sunrise authority (PSRA) with 500 watts.
October 7, 1968. Broadcasting
reports eleven metropolitan representatives (plus
alternates) have been elected to two-year terms on the
Mutual Broadcasting System Affiliates Advisory
Council. One of the alternates is William D. Stone,
owner of WRDS.
October 30, 1968. FCC designates
for consolidated hearing applications of WRDS South
Claude R. Hill Jr.. Fayetteville. WRDS seeks change
from 1410 kc. 1 kw-D, to 1450 kc, 1 kw-D. 250 w-N. Mr.
Hill seeks new AM station at Fayetteville on 1450 kc,
1 kw-D, 250 w-N.
November 5, 1968. Chief Hearing
Examiner James D. Cunningham, in South Charleston and
AM proceeding, designates Hearing Examiner Millard F.
French as presiding officer; scheduled prehearing
conference for December 17 and hearing for January 23,
February 25, 1969.
FCC dismisses application of Claude R. Hill Jr. for
new AM station at Fayetteville for failure to
June 30, 1969. FCC, in initial
decision, looks toward granting CP to WRDS to change
from 1410 kc, 1 kw-D, to 1450 kc. 1 kw-D. 250 w-N.
February 24, 1970. FCC review
board denies application of William D. Stone for CP to
change frequency of WRDS and change daytime-only
station to full-time facility. Mr. Stone had requested
authority to become Class IV AM on 1450 kHz, 1 kw-D,
October 2, 1974. FCC notifies WRDS
that it has incurred apparent liability for forfeiture
of $1,000 for operating with power in excess of that
January 14, 1975. FCC orders WRDS
to forfeit $1,000 for repeated failure to observe
rules which require that
actual antenna input power of station not be less than
90% nor greater than 105% of authorized power.
July 23, 1975. WRDS seeks
assignment of license from Stone Broadcasting Co. to
CLW Broadcasters Inc. for $125,000. Sellers, William
D. Stone Sr. and William D. Stone Jr., have interests
in meat packing and two-way paging firms. Buyer,
religious broadcasting consultant and program
supplying firm, is wholly owned subsidiary of AMG
International, non-profit international missionary
organization that supplies religious programs to radio
stations in U.S. and abroad. Spiros Zodhiates (pictured) is
president. WRDS is first of six radio stations that
AMG says it plans to acquire.
September 29, 1975. FCC grants
assignment of license from Stone Broadcasting Co.to
CLW Broadcasters Inc. for $125,000. Broadcasting
notes that seller, William D. Stone, president, wishes
to divest interest due to illness.
November 17, 1975. Broadcasting
reports that WRDS has applied for the call letters
January 5, 1976. Broadcasting
reports that the WSCW call letters have been granted.
Jan. 24, 1976. An advertisement for WSCW with the program schedule in the Charleston Daily Mail is
Charleston Gazette, Mar. 26, 1977
Charleston Daily Mail, May 4, 1977
Oct. 6, 1977. The Charleston Daily Mail reports, “The
competition between the Dameron brothers is over. Jim Dameron, station
manager and disc jockey for WSCW, has become vice president
of MPY Broadcasting in Spencer. His DJ position has already been phased
out at WSCW, although he will be station
manager until Nov. 1. And so ends the competition between Jim and his
brother Randy. Randy, 22, is a DJ for WCAW from 1-6 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Jim, 29, was on the air from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
July 16, 1981. WSCW seeks CP to
change TL to Neese Drive. 0.8 miles north of U.S.
naval ordinance plant, near South Charleston.
August 13, 1981. FCC grants CP for
WSCW to change TL, as above.
August 25, 1981. In response to
petition by Communicast Inc., FCC proposes assigning
100.9 mhz to
Charleston as its fifth FM.
September 22, 1981. WSCW seeks CP
to increase power to 5 kw and change TL.
February 3, 1982. FCC grants CP
for WSCW to increase power to 5 kw and change TL, as
April 12, 1982. FCC assigns 100.9
mhz to Charleston as its fifth FM; effective June 22.
August 25, 1982. WSCW seeks
modification of CP to change TL.
August 27, 1982. Women's Coalition
for Better Broadcasting seeks 100.9 mhz, 1.7 kw, HAAT:
Address: Box 52, Greenville, S.C. 29602. Principals:
Frances R. McClure (75 %) and daughter, Carolyn L.
McClure (25 %), who are wife and daughter,
respectively, of J.R. McClure, owner of KHYM(AM)
Gilmer, Tex., and proposed assignee of WMAX(AM) Grand
January 24, 1983. Communicast
seeks 100.9 mhz, 900 w, HAAT: 500 ft. Address: 1415
Rhode Island Ave.,
N.W. Washington. D.C. 20005. Principal: William A.
Clark (100%). who is employee of WMAL(AM) Washington.
Also on January 24, 1983. CLW
Communications Group seeks 100.9 mhz. 3 kw. HAAT: 300
ft. Address: 6815 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga,
Tenn. 37421. Principal: Subsidiary of AMG
International, nonprofit corporation; Spiros
Zodhiates, president. It owns WHYD(AM) Columbus, Ga.;
WSCW(AM) South Charleston, W. Va.. and WCRM(FM)
Dundee. Ill., plus CP for new TV station at Jackson,
February 25, 1983. James S. Hoge
seeks 100.9 mhz; 3 kw; HAAT: 300 ft. Address: Box 854,
Charleston, W. Va. 25323: Principal: James S. Hoge
(100 %) is former employee at WGKV(AM)-WKLC(FM) St.
Albans, W. Va.
June 9, 1983. The FCC returns
James S. Hoge's application for 100.9 mhz.
September 10, 1984. Broadcasting
reports that FCC has granted joint request and
dismissed applications of Women's Coalition for Better
Broadcasting and Communicast with prejudice, granted
application of CLW Communications Group for new FM on
100.9 mhz at South Charleston, and terminated
December 17, 1984. Broadcasting
reports that 100.9 has been assigned the call
letters WUQU (possibly randomly assigned, and
apparently never used).
January 21, 1985. Broadcasting
reports that Henry Goldman, general manager, WCHS-TV,
Charleston, joins CLW Communications, Chattanooga, as
VP, broadcast division. CLW owns WHYD(AM) Columbus,
Ga.; WCRM(FM) Dundee, Ill.; WSCW(AM) South Charleston,
and CP for new FM in South Charleston on 100.9 mHz,
which has been granted a call letter change to
March 26, 1985. WSCW-FM seeks modification of CP to change TL and make changes in antenna system.
April 30, 1985. FCC grants application of WSCW-FM to change TL.
June 4, 1985. WSCW-FM changes call letters to WJYP.
December 3, 2002. 100.9 changes call letters to WJYP-FM as co-owned AM 1300 in nearby St. Albans becomes WJYP(AM).
October 29, 2003. WJYP-FM changes call letters to WMXE.
WSCW Logo from the former WSCW web site, retrieved in 2014
Logo from the WSCW web site, retrieved Jan. 2014
Logo from the WMXE web site, retrieved Jan. 2014
WSCW-AM WJYP-FM South Charleston (1989)
This article was supplied by the station for a 1989 publication by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.
On December 13, 1963 WSCW AM came on the air at 1410 khz. Now with 5 kw. daytime power, the station formats southern
gospel and teaching programs. Co-owned WJYP FM first aired programming July 29, 1985 at 100.9 mHz; 3 kw power. The stereo-broadcast
format for the FM is inspirational light contemporary. Other special programming includes youth ministry with original local
programs. The stations were acquired by CLW Communications Group, Inc., Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, president. General manager is
Rex Whaley. The stations are located at 605½ D Street, South Charleston.