WYAY is a 77,000-watt Atlanta FM radio station that broadcasts a news/talk format. Its city of license is Gainesville, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta, but the station moved in toward the metro area in early 1985.
WYAY is a class C FM radio station. The WYAY transmitter is located east of Loganville, Georgia and its studios are located in Sandy Springs near the Georgia Highway 400 and Interstate 285 interchange.
WDUN-FM/Wide 107/Lite 106
This facility first signed-on in 1949 as WDUN-FM co-owned with WDUN AM. By late 1976, it was WWID "Wide 107", then WWLT "Lite 106" in early 1983, and has been WYAY since mid-1984.
In mid 1984, "Lite 106" switched to a country music format under "Y106", a moniker it retained until 2000. From 1989 to 1994, there was also "Y104" on the opposite (southwest) side of metro Atlanta, which simulcast with it (except for advertisements) on 104.1 FM (now WALR-FM). 104.1 would be sold to Cox Radio in late 1994.
On September 1, 2000, at 3pm, the station changed to a classic country format as "Eagle 106.7". The station still played current music but mainly focused on the classics. The first song on the new "Eagle" was "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt.
In late 2005, WYAY changed transmitters to a new tower that they are sharing with 104.7 WFSH which improved south metro coverage for the 106.7 signal.
On February 29, 2008, Citadel Broadcasting announced that WYAY would drop the country format for oldies. A majority of the on-air talent were released, including Rhubarb Jones, who had served at the station since 1985. This format change was due to Citadel's financial hardships that occurred after the company's purchase of ABC Radio as well as its stations (including WYAY) from The Walt Disney Company in June 2007. Jones was the longest-running morning DJ on Atlanta radio. Dallas McCade and traffic reporter Greg Talmadge were the only on-air survivors and have since moved to sister station WKHX to join Cadillac Jack on the morning show.
True Oldies 106.7/106-7 WYAY
On March 9, 2008 at 12:56 p.m., Eagle 106.7 played their last country song, "Stealing Cinderella" by Chuck Wicks. Then the station went on to air the live NASCAR broadcast (the Kobalt Tools 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway). Then at 7 p.m., just after the race, the station flipped to oldies, rebranding itself as "True Oldies 106.7". The first song on the new 106.7 FM was "Revolution" by The Beatles. The station featured Imus in the Morning and ABC's The True Oldies Channel all day, similar to a format flip that occurred on sister station WJZW on February 29, 2008. The oldies format had been absent from the metro Atlanta area since WFOX-FM, WLKQ, WLCL, and WNSY-FM all were bought by new owners and/or the formats were switched. It promoted an active playlist rotation of over 5,000 songs. Throughout the oldies tenure, WYAY scored higher than the late "Fox 97" and "Cool 105.7" did, as they had very limited Oldies playlists.
On November 7, 2008, WYAY announced that it would not carry NASCAR in 2009, and would become the new FM home of Georgia Tech Football and Men's basketball.
On April 6, 2009, it was announced that Imus in the Morning, would move from WYAY (owned by the show's syndicator, Citadel Broadcasting) to competing station, WCFO, beginning April 13, 2009. The show was replaced by Spiff Carner and Freddie Brooks, moving their afternoon show to mornings.
On November 22, 2010, the station changed its branding to "106.7 Atlanta's Greatest Hits", dropped Scott Shannon and The True Oldies Channel feed, and shifted from oldies to classic hits with an emphasis on 1970s and 1980s music.
All News 106.7
On April 6, 2012, Cumulus registered the domain name allnews1067.com. On April 27, Cumulus announced the debut of "All News 106.7" would be set sometime in mid-May. They hired many former CNN Radio employees to run the station, including Greg Black, Maria Boynton, Andy Rose, Andy Flick, Michelle Wright, and Jackie Howard. They also hired former KDKA/Pittsburgh program director Marshall Adams. The station would also partner with FOX 5 for weather and traffic reports, as well as 680 The Fan for sports updates. The announcement is somewhat unusual, since the vast majority of radio format changes are now typically planned in secret, with most or all existing on-air staff immediately fired on the spot without warning on the day the change takes place.
In mid-May 2012, an application was filed with the FCC to change the frequency from 106.7 to 106.5, change the city of license from Gainesville to Sandy Springs, and change class from C to C1, any of which would require a rulemaking proceeding to amend the table of allotments. However, this would depend on as-yet-unknown change that would have to be made to co-channel WSKZ FM 106.5 in Chattanooga, also owned by Cumulus. That station would have to reduce its signal strength toward the south and southeast to prevent RF interference between the two. It could do so by changing frequencies itself, moving further away, downgrading its overall power and class, or installing a directional antenna. It would be the first facilities change for that station since at least 1978 (if ever), already transmitting from north of the city and unlikely to be moved further away.
WYAY's application lists the Inman Park tower east of downtown Atlanta as the proposed site. This was built for WUPA TV 43 (69.1) and later joined by WHSG-TV 44 (63.x), though both have since moved. The signal would change from 77 kW height at 505 meters (1,657 ft) to 100 kW at 299 meters (981 ft), keeping it barely under the threshold for class C0, in turn allowing the shorter separation that class C1 stations are permitted. While this would be a loss of land area, it would be a significant gain in population in the west, southwest, and far northwest parts of the media market, despite losing the Athens area. Although what is now WNNX was previously denied the use of Sandy Springs because it was "not a city" at the time, it was later allowed for WFGM AM. However, in June 2012, the FCC denied the application.
WYAY is also listed as the primary station for W228CA FM 93.5 Oakwood, located roughtly between Athens and Gainesville. It is not listed whether this station is actually retransmitting WYAY (which would be unnecessary since it is entirely within its current broadcast range, unblocked by terrain), or simulcasting an HD Radio digital subchannel (which makes the designation of "broadcast translator" a legal fiction, as with other Cumulus stations in metro Atlanta). W228CA has a construction permit to move west as well, keeping its 250-watt power (the maximum for translator-class stations), but going in height from at 418 meters (1,371 ft) to 266 meters (873 ft). The city of license will change from Oakwood to Suwanee. The service contour will include Lawrenceville, Cumming, Winder, and Gainesville, with all but Gainesville still being within the range of WYAY's proposed coverage area.
All News 106.7's first on-air lineup change came on July 16. It was announced that Melissa Carter would replace Cheryl Castro, who moved to mid-days with John Lisk.
Kristen Charles, who had been with WYAY since the previous oldies/classic hits format, resigned from her traffic duties. She was replaced with Fred McFarlin.
One October 21, 2013, Cumulus executives announced the first of two changes to WYAY programming. Beginning in November, popular local Atlanta host Kim Peterson, better known as "The Kimmer," began hosting the flagship program for WYAY known as "Newsmakers." Also beginning with the 2014 season, WYAY (along with partner WCNN), would serve as the flagship station for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.
WYAY's program director is Jennifer Perry, and their creative service director is Adam Schneider.
On May 12, 2014 WYAY relaunched with a news/talk format, branded as "Newsradio 106.7".
Newsradio 106.7 has multiple reporters that present their stories at different times. General Assignment reporters at WYAY are Chuck Roberts, Drew Nelson, Christy Hutchings, Scott Kimbler, Randy Wyles, Steve Nichols, Brett Barney, Tina Douglas. WAGA-TV reporters also contribute reports to broadcasts. Fill In Traffic Reporters include Adam Drescher, Kevin O'Brien, Jill Nelson
Former on-air staff
- Y106/Eagle 106.7 Era 1984-2008
- Gary Kinsey (2000–2006; before that spent 18 years at sister station WKHX. Now retired)
- Bucky Smith (now at 104.7 The Fish as Uncle Buck)
- Cal Cross (Living in Newnan, Georgia)
- George Mason-Dixon (Retired from WDUN in Gainesville November 2011)
- Red Neckerson (last heard on the Bellamy Strickland 120 NASCAR show w/Captain Herb Emory Saturdays on AM 750 WSB, died September 14, 2010)
- Andrew Jackson (has also used the names Andy Byrd on WFOX, Fox 97 and Andrew Clark on WSB-AM-FM, WZGC, Z-93, now runs entertainment business with DJs, Game Shows and Casino Events, Andrew Byrd Productions)
- Dallas Turner (last seen on GAC)
- BJ Williams (now reporting for 550 WDUN in Gainesville)
- Cadillac Jack (1996–2000; currently doing mornings at sister station WKHX)
- Evelyn Kay (2005-2010 - now doing fill-in on sister station WKHX)
- Bill Dollar
- Sandra Carroll
- Jenny Kennedy
- Keith Connors (now at 94.9 in Tampa, Florida)
- Angie Powell (last heard as a traffic reporter on AM 750 WSB)
- Bob Glascoff (last heard as a news reader on AM 750 WSB. Retired from CNN HLN March 20, 2009)
- Ken Polley (last heard on CNN)
- Randy Blake
- Karli Morgan (former morning show co-host on Q102 FM in Rome, Georgia)
- Catfish McDaniels-(now a Subdeacon serving at the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension in Resaca, Ga)
- Kitty White
- Denise Alexander
- John Roach
- Dominica (last heard on KLTY FM, Dallas, Texas)
- Jamie Austin
- Southside Steve (left the station to return to Rock 100.5)
- Todd Veal
- Mike Stiles (air name was Billy Ray Evans, former Star 94 morning show producer, now running Sketchworks Comedy and the Stiles Company, LLC)
- Bobby Lanier
- Steve Mitchell (runs voiceover and video production company. Also hosts Thunder Road, a weekly NASCAR and Country music show that was heard on the station before the format change. Fired on February 29, 2008)
- Sandy Weaver (runs voiceover production company, Voicework On Demand, Inc. Fired on February 29, 2008)
- Rhubarb Jones (the longest-running morning DJ in Atlanta radio. Now teaching Communications at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Fired on February 29, 2008)
- Dallas McCade (now co-hosting Atlanta's Country Morning Show with Cadillac Jack on sister station WKHX)
- Kevin O'Brien (last country DJ heard on WYAY 3/9/2008. Currently doing production for WKHX and WYAY)
- Boomer (currently doing production for WKHX and WYAY)
- Mark McCain (McCain and Steve Mitchell co-hosted the Mark and Steve Show on WKLS in Atlanta during the 1980s)
- AJ Cannon
- Melissa Miller (now doing mid-days at Kat Country 105.3 in Florida)
- Rob Lee (former host of Country Gold, now doing production for WYAY and WKHX, and 12mid-3am and weekends on sister station Kicks 101.5 WKHX)
- Gary Cooper
- Dixie Lee
- Michael Brooks
- Vanna In The Van
- Sherry Lynn
- David Knight
- Barry Marshall
- Jerry Lee Hughes
- Sally Russell (currently at the Weather Channel)
- Scott Evans
- Kelli Roberts (also used the name Sheila Roberts on J93.3; now deceased.)
- Shawn Austin
- True Oldies/106-7 WYAY era 2008-2012
- Freddie Brooks (afternoon/morning host "Spiff & Fred" 2008-2010)
- Spiff Carner (afternoon/morning co-host "Spiff & Fred" & "Randy & Spiff" 2008-2011)
- Randy Cook (morning most "Randy & Spiff" 2009-2011)
- Don Imus (morning host "Imus In the Morning" 2008-2009)
- Scott Shannon (True Oldies announcer 2008-2010)
- Greg Talmadge (morning traffic 2001-2011)
- Tripp West (afternoon/morning host 2010-2012)