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You might think radio stations would have rooms of vintage audio. But in fact, it hasn't been until the invention of digital audio archiving that's become even feasible. However, we've got a few recordings, even dating back to 1947. Here are a few we've converted to digital...


A WGNS jingle from 1973...
 

Wolfman Jack, who was on WGNS, doing a news promo in 1976...
 

American Top 40 with Casey Kasem was on WGNS. This is a local break from the program in 1976...
 

This is a WGNS local news intro. It was done by youthful John Young, who is the voice you still hear doing news intros on the station. He's also the voice for many television and radio stations, including NewsChannel 5 in Nashville...
 

This is a news intro from 1949...
 

This is a broadcast from the old Sewart Air Base in Smyrna from 1949. John Hood was the emcee...
 

A time check for WGNS from 1947...
 

Big band music was a favorite when the station signed on the air in 1947...
 

This is a sponsor ID that aired on the station in 1947...
 

Here is another performance from the Sewart Air Base in Smyrna from 1949 with John Hood...
 

This is a 15-second station ID that aired on WGNS soon after we made the transition to talk radio in 1993...
 

You hear Scott Walker on the air, but what did he sound like in 1993?
 

Here is a commercial from the mid-90's for Adkins TV...
 

A commercial from Franklin's Printing from 1993...
 

Here's a commercial from Cellular Concepts from 1993. Not only phones but pagers back then!
 

Sunshine Nutrition has been on the station for many years. Here's one of their 1993 commercials...
 

Remember video stores? Here's a commercial featuring Jon Dinkins from 1997 for Broadway Video...
 

Here is a station promo from 1993...
 

Bryan Barrett has been on WGNS since 1993. Here's a recording from his senior year in high school of a weather bulletin...
 

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