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WLON

WLON(1050 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an oldies format and serving the Lincolnton, North Carolina area, and owned and operated by HRN Broadcasting. The station plays a mixture of 1960s, '70s and some '80s oldies music, as well as Christian contemporary and beach music on Sundays. WLON AM is also the home of Lincolnton High School football every Friday night, Atlanta Braves baseball, NC State Wolfpack and UNC Tar Heels college basketball.

WLON's morning show is called "Morning Magic with Milton Baker" and is hosted by Lincoln County native Milton Baker. News is broadcast by longtime news director Larry Seagle. Voice production is primarily done by talent Lilly White. Also, Jon Mayhew with the Lincoln Tribune provides news and board operation services for Cherryville Ironmen sports on sister station WCSL and hosts the Sunday night show "Groovy Tunes" 6 - 9 p.m.

WLON also carries Mike Walker's "Saving the 70s", a show devoted to the music and culture of the 1970s, on Monday afternoons at 4pm. You can listen online at http://www.hrnb.com or hear archived shows at http://www.savingthe70s.com

History

Frank Hall of Lake Wylie, Tommy Hunter of Belmont and Jeff and Vivian Nichols of Lincolnton owned the 34-year-old WLON, the only radio station in Lincoln County. Jeff Nichols was general manager. The format was adult contemporary/oldies. Larry Seagle had been news director for 18 years. Tim Biggerstaff had been a DJ for about 10 years.

On April 1, 1993, Cherryville-based KTC Broadcasting Inc. took over WLON in a lease agreement. KTC was buying the station but would operate it under a lease agreement until the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale. WLON would join The Piedmont Superstations Radio Network of WCSL in Cherryville, WGNC in Gastonia and WOHS in Shelby, which simulcast most of their programming. The change would mean 24-hour broadcasts on WLON for the first time with the addition of a call-in sports talk show from Las Vegas. Biggerstaff would remain as morning DJ, and his show would be heard on all four KTC stations. News for the entire area would be expanded. The four stations aired UNC football and basketball, Atlanta Braves baseball, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins NFL football, and CBS coverage of such events as The World Series and The Super Bowl.

Some WLON listeners did not like hearing their station lose its local focus, and they signed a petition to bring back the old WLON.

The four stations added the NFL Carolina Panthers when the team began playing in 1995. They also aired games of the NBA Charlotte Hornets In 2000, the stations began airing the Redskins again instead of the Panthers (WGNC aired the Panthers if there was no conflict).

Late in 1999, the four stations changed from country music to "super oldies." Biggerstaff, the program director, said country had moved away from its traditional sound. Lillie White remained as midday host, and Andy Foster was afternoon host. Local and sports remained important, and the stations aired the One-on-One sports radio network at night .

In 2004, Biggerstaff was still hosting his show on WCSL and WLON despite diabetes-related health problems. Later he moved to Lincolnton-based Hometown Radio's Shelby operation. On WADA he played classic country music and hosted a "Swap Shop" show on WGNC and WOHS. By this time he had experienced a kidney transplant and two pancreas transplants.

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