Infobox Radio Station
name = WDCG-FM
Durham, North Carolina
area = Research Triangle Area of
* Chapel Hill
branding = G105
slogan = "The Hit Music Channel
airdate = February 29, 1948 (as WDNC-FM)
frequency = 105.1 (MHz)
Pop Contemporary Hit Radio
power = 73,000 watts
class = C1
HAAT = 339 meters
facility_id = 53597
coordinates = coord|35|42|50|N|78|49|4|W|type:landmark
callsign_meaning = We're Durham's Country Giant (dates back to mid-1970s)
Clear Channel Worldwide
sister_stations = WKSL,
website = [http://www.g105.com www.g105.com]
WDCG-FM, or G105 on 105.1 FM is a
Pop Contemporary Hit Radioradio station in the Raleigh-Durhamradio market. Its studios are located on Smoketree Court in Raleigh's Highwoods Office Park and owned by Clear Channel Worldwide, along with 93.9 KISS-FM, 100.7 the River, and 106.1 the Rooster.
WDCG first began as a radio station in February 1948 as WDNC-FM 105.1, a sister station to WDNC-AM; both were owned by The Durham Morning Herald and Durham Sun. The sign-on of the 36,000-watt FM station coincided with the AM station's power increase and frequency shift from 1490 to 620
kilohertz. In 1953, the Herald-Sun group joined WTIKowners Floyd Fletcher and Harmon Duncan in securing a license to operate a television station in Durham, which would eventually become WTVDChannel 11 the following year. Until the mid-1970s, WDNC-FM simulcast the AM programming from an antenna located atop one of AM 620's three towers on Shocoree Drive in western Durham just off Interstate 85. (The old 105.1 FM antenna is still visible on the tower nearest downtown.)
In 1974, WDNC-FM became a country station and changed its calls to WDCG-FM (Durham's Country Giant). The station later switched to rock music in the late 1970s before becoming a Top 40 station in Fall 1981. A year later, the station boosted their power to 100,000 watts and moved to the former WPTF-TV (now
WRDC) tower at Terrell's Mountain in northern Chatham County. This allowed WDCG-FM to put a city grade into Raleigh,Durham and Chapel Hill, as well as a 60 dbu signal into Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem where the station even beat the local Top 40s from 60 miles away. WDCG, licensed to Durham, was the first station in the Raleigh-Durham market to obtain a dual city of license in terms of their station identification in 1982, and surprised the stations in Raleigh with its designation of WDCG-Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill.
With no promotional dollars and against the powerhouses of WRAL-FM and WQDR-FM, WDCG grew every 6 months in Arbitron starting in the Fall of 1981 with a 1.8 - 4.5 - 9.0 - 9.8 - 11.1 - 14.5 by the Spring of 1984.
WDCG was operated as a loss leader for years by the Durham Herald-Sun, as the owners felt eventually newspapers would be viewed on a computer screen - and they had the distribution system via WDCG's FM sub-carrier that the Raleigh News and Observer did not have. The Durham Herald-Sun had never separated the financial books of WDCG and WDNC. The combined stations had only been profitable in 2 of the 10 years prior to 1983 - with a $10,000 profit one year and a $59,000 profit in 1979. By 1984, WDCG alone was billing just under $4 Million Dollars (inflation adjusted about $16,000,000 today). Over $60,000 a month was coming in from the Greensboro-High Point market, 60 miles away, where WDCG had a dedicated salesperson.
WDCG operated from the Herald-Sun building in Downtown Durham from its 1948 sign-on until 1992, when the station, along with WDNC, moved to more spacious studios at Park Forty Plaza in southern Durham near
Research Triangle Parkas the owners saw their loss leader turn into a cash cow.
In 1993, the Herald-Sun sold WDCG to Prizm Broadcasting, which had also purchased Vilcom's WZZU 93.9 (now
WKSL-FM). After following four different ownership changes, WDCG and its sister stations later moved into Raleigh's Smoketree Tower, now called the Highwoods Building, and are now owned by Clear Channel Worldwide.
In 2004, the station's FM class was slightly downgraded from a class "C" to a class "C-0", allowing WZBL-FM, a Clear Channel station in
Roanoke, Virginia, to make an upgrade to its signal. No changes were necessary to WDCG's actual facilities in the short term. In March 2005, the FCC approved the station's moving their antenna from Terrell's Mountain to the WLFL-TV tower in Apex in an effort to provide better, more centralized coverage of the market. The change involved a drop in power from 100,000 watts to 73,000 watts and another downgrade in class, this time to a class "C-1". On March 13, 2008, WDCG began broadcasting from the Apex site.
Its Top 40 direction and musical leanings
Interestingly during the 1990s G105 also leaned heavily towards
Modern rock, which had many in the music trades questioning whether they were moving towards that direction. But by the end of that decade they scaled back on the Alternative fare and returned to a more mainstream approach.
Like most Top 40s in the Clear Channel roster, G105 will play all of today's hits (a majority of them favoring rhythmic product) and follow the national musical trend that is reflected in "Billboard" and radio trades "
Mediabase" and "R&R", the latter of which has WDCG listed as a Top 40/CHR panelreporter.
G105 has on air talent live and local in all day-parts during the week with the exception of Midnight - 6am. The current roster includes:
Bob & The Showgram (6a-10a)Brody (10a-3p)Randi West (3p-7p)Geller (7p-12a)
The weekends include:
Viewpoints & Around the Triangle with Josh Zack (Sunday 7-8a)American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest (Sun. 8a-12p)
and weekend DJs:Lucky,Marty, Big Ben,Jay,Reid,KC &Beaver
Bob and the Showgram
Bob and the Showgramis a morning show airing 6:00AM to 10:00AM. The Showgram has had a variety of interns over the years and used to be called the "Bob and Madison Showgram" until co-host Madison Lane left to do her own morning gig at sister station WRSN in 2004. In 2007 Bob briefly went off the air to have a brain tumor removed, and has since returned. Its cast is Bob, Mike and Kristin.
Dumas, who has been with WDCG for nearly 16 years, is no stranger to controversy. In 2004, a Durham minister started an online petition to oust Dumas for what the minister called "racially incendiary" comments about "
American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, who is black. Dumas used the terms "ghetto" and "low class" during the show to describe Barrino.
In 2003, he drew the wrath of bicycling enthusiasts in the Research Triangle area for finding humor in motorists who assault cyclists or run them down with their vehicles. [Danny Hooley, "G-105 Yanks Shock Jock: Some Want Dumas Off the Air for Good, "The News and Observer", April 10, 2008.]
On April 1, 2008, Dumas caused yet another controversy after addressing an intern who was engaged tohuh the
Lumbeetribe of Native Americans. He made derogatory remarks about how Indians dressed, called them "lazy" and "in-bred," insulted Pocahontasand Sacajaweawhile playing traditional Indian music, and referred to a "tepee-warming party." [Michael Futch, "Shock Jock Comments about Lumbees Labeled Racist," "Fayetteville Observer", April 5, 2008.] Dumas and G-105 general manager Dick Harlow apologized on the air April 9, and the hosts of the show were suspended for three days. This did not satisfy people who protested at the North Carolina State Capitol, demanding the permanent firing of those who made the offensive remarks. The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairsalso asked for a more serious punishment and called for a boycottof Clear Channel advertisers. [http://www.nbc17.com/midatlantic/ncn/news.apx.-content-articles-NCN-2008-04-04-0007.html, Retrieved on 2008/04/21.] Those siding with the radio hosts pointed out that on the same broadcast, they also offended Hispanics, Asians, blacksand the people of North Carolina in general. [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24015365]
Paul Brooks, chairman of the Commission for Indian Affairs, said that on April 16, his group met with Harlow, who promised there would be no more derogatory remarks about Native Americans, and that Clear Channel would broadcast information on WDCG and other stations related to "American Indian-related education and outreach." Meanwhile, Dumas caused more controversy by commenting on whether immigrants visiting Raleigh's Mexican Consulate were actually illegal. ["Apology Calms Indians, but DJ Irks Mexicans," "The News & Observer", April 18, 2008.]
* [http://www.g105.com Official website]
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