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WMOA Radio signals 75th anniversary celebration

MARIETTA — WMOA Radio will celebrate it’s 75th anniversary in September.

WMOA 1490 AM and 101.3 FM listeners will have a chance to win a limited edition No. 75 WMOA football jersey or one of 75 footballs, station owner Johnny Wharff said.

“We collaborated with Zide’s to come up with some unique giveaways for our listeners and our WMOA alums,” he said.

WMOA will give away 75 jerseys and 75 footballs.

“We booked the entire month of September’s ‘Talk of the Town’ dates with voices of the past,” Wharff said.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:40 a.m. listeners will hear from former WMOA employees like Dan Castelli, Ralph Allen, Bill White, Dick Long, Dan Latham, Dolly Hecox, Dick Sams, Don Staats, Ernie Hartong, Mike McNamara and Rich Galen, among others.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Wharff said. “In preparing for this 75th, the staff is jazzed for it, and we think the listeners will enjoy the sojourns back in time.”

Amongst the activities planned WMOA is host of the September Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.

“We will be on the roof of the Lafayette Hotel. A lot of folks may not know the radio station was in the basement of the Lafayette in the late 40s,” Wharff said. “And as a bonus ‘Big John’ (Wharff, station owner from 1985-1996) will be inducted into the Marietta High School Athletic Hall of Fame on the weekend of the anniversary.”

WMOA began broadcasting as an experimental station in September 1946 from a garage in Williamstown. The station, upon receiving a Federal Communications Commission license, relocated its broadcast studios to the basement of the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

The studios relocated again to the Citizen’s Bank Building during the latter part of the 20th century before settling at its current location on Lancaster Street in Marietta.

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