WCMT - AM 1410 - Martin, TN

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WCMT, with its call letters standing for "Weakley County, Martin, Tennessee," was built about a mile north of Martin in a pasture field off Highway ... See more 45 North, now North Lindell Street. The call letters were unique and the subject of a Memphis newspaper column. Jones T. Sudbury was the sole owner of the station and placed the station on the air in Martin as a business venture to allow another family-owned radio station, KLCN 910 in Blytheville, Arkansas, to remain free of interference from other signals. The land on which the station is located was sold to Sudbury by Cliff and Virginia Weldon, both former Martin mayors, who were allowed to keep their cows grazing on the pasture land site under the 180-foot tower. It was truly a "country setting," because the radio station was actually outside the city limits. Much of the early radio equipment for broadcast was old and had previously been used by KLCN. Start-up costs were kept to a minimum and some local residents were unsure if the station would make it. Needless to say, the community was curious about and interested in this "new voice" on the radio dial. It was also during this time that the James W.R. White family, publishers of the Weakley County Press, dropped their plans to put a station on 1310 kilocycles because of protest by a Caruthersville, Missouri station. Alabama native Will Coker was hired as the station manager. He put together a small staff, and WCMT became part of the county's lifestyle. Alderman Billy McAdoo is reported to have said the first word broadcast on the airwaves, "Hello." Some marveled at the new voice of Weakley County, while others scoffed and said the radio station would never make it. Even though the radio station was strongly supported solely by local advertisers, it struggled to be profitable. A 30-second ad sold for about 25 cents. FCC regulations permitted the station to broadcast only from 7:30 a.m. until local sunset. (There was no nighttime radio yet.)

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