96.3 WGOG (FM) is a regional but locally-focused FM radio station that focuses on the Golden Corner of South Carolina-Oconee County and the Clemson-Pendleton areas of Anderson and Pickens Counties.
Known as “The Golden Corner’s Radio Station, “ 96.3 WGOG provides primary signal service to 181,966 persons in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. WGOG is the only full power community FM radio station in Oconee County.
In addition to mainstream Country music, WGOG maintains a full-time awarding winning local news department anchored by Oconee County’s dean of news reporters, Dick Mangrum. Hourly community information features, listener interaction and a staff involved in the communities it serves; 96.3 WGOG is the Golden Corner’s Radio Station.
96.3 WGOG’s format is first and foremost focused on the local area. The music is Country with a traditional slant. From 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., WGOG airs the Golden Corner’s Morning Show which has been a listening tradition in the area since WGOG began operations with an AM signal in 1959. The program is the “community voice” for this prosperous area of South Carolina.
While this unique community service format is unlike any other station in the local area, it’s carefully researched to appeal to the largest segment of population in the WGOG coverage area. That’s why WGOG always tops the Arbitron radio ratings reports in Oconee County and has strong audience shares in neighboring Pickens and Anderson counties.
What really separates WGOG from other radio stations in the area is the local news, sports, weather and community information. Local news updates are heard throughout the broadcast day and bulletins when news occurs. This local coverage is complemented by top-of-the-hour NBC News Radio.
An hourly Community Calendar feature updates local listeners on events in the immediate area. A popular classified ads program, The Flea Market, airs Monday-Friday from 12:45 p.m. til 1 p.m. featuring WGOG listeners. 96.3 WGOG is the daily local information source for the Golden Corner. Daily obituary information is another popular feature.
Live broadcasts of Walhalla, West Oak and Seneca High Schools football games are featured on WGOG along with complete coverage of Furman University sports. The station maintains a direct connection to the National Weather Service, providing instant and accurate weather information 24 hours daily. When bad weather conditions threaten the Golden Corner, listeners depend on the Golden Corner’s Radio Station – 96.3 WGOG.
96.3 WGOG has a foreground format that involves the listener. Our professional, personable announcers are warm, friendly and forward-moving in their presentation. Listeners feel they are listening to a personal friend.
WGOG listeners hear plenty of relevant content, centered on the local community where they live, work and play. Our many listeners, numbering over 20,000 over the age of 12 years, are passionate about their local radio station, resulting in top ratings and time spent listening to the Golden Corner’s Radio Station – 96.3 WGOG.
The 96.3 WGOG(FM) transmitter and 500 foot tall tower are located on a high ridge near Tamassee, South Carolina. The site was chosen for its high elevation of 1500 feet above sea level; some 500 feet higher than the primary cities in WGOG’s service area-Walhalla, Seneca, Westminster and Clemson. This location provides an extra boost to the WGOG signal across the Golden Corner.
The station’s 6,000-watt crystal-clear FM stereo signal operates at full power 24 hours daily. In addition to the Golden Corner, the station’s primary signal reaches into western North Carolina and northeast Georgia providing WGOG advertisers bonus coverage across the three state region. The signal reaches from the metropolitan areas of Greenville, South Carolina to Athens, Georgia. See the WGOG coverage map
In addition to the thousands of local residents who listen, WGOG serves thousands more who pass through the heart of the WGOG listening area along Interstate Highway 85, the main transportation corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Each year, millions visit our area’s Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, and the Blue Ridge Mountains all served by the Golden Corner’s Radio Station – 96.3 WGOG.