WGNS History

Stories, News and More: MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media Celebrates 50 Years of History

Apr 12, 2024 at 05:48 pm by WGNS News

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee State University's School of Journalism and Strategic Media is celebrating its 50th year of teaching students reporti.... Read More

A look at how local radio and life in our community intertwine - and a little history of Rutherford County

Aug 11, 2023 at 09:09 am by Producer

Listen to this morning's show, that highlights local history and how it all intertwines with your very first local radio station... WGNS.  On the show, you will hear old.... Read More

WGNS - Celebrating 75 Years of Broadcast History in Rutherford County, TN in 2022

Dec 30, 2021 at 12:47 pm by WGNS

WGNS first came on the air in Murfreesboro, TN on the night of December 31, 1946 and our first full day of being on the air was on January 1, 1947. Imagine all the news storie.... Read More

AUDIO: Vintage Recordings from 1947-1997

Dec 20, 2016 at 07:29 pm by bryan

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. Howev.... Read More

WGNS Sports Audio 1947-Present

Dec 20, 2016 at 07:00 pm by bryan

WGNS signed on the air January 1st, 1947. Since then, covering local sports has been a major part of the fabric of the station's legacy. Here are just a few of the audio highl.... Read More

WGNS' Bart Walker 2016 Inductee into Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

May 14, 2016 at 11:30 am by bryan

Radio broadcasters from across Tennessee honored twelve persons this past Saturday night (5/14/2016) by inducting them into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. One was from Murf.... Read More

WGNS came on the air Dec. 31, 1946 with a full day of broadcast in 1947

Mar 26, 2013 at 07:23 pm by bryan

See the article in the Daily News Journal documenting WGNS going "ON THE AIR" in 1947: 1946 article in the Daily News Journal See Pictures HERE from 1948 to 1954  .... Read More

The WGNS sticker page - do you remember these stickers?

Mar 08, 2013 at 11:45 pm by WGNS


Community events involving WGNS - Lots of photos from the 90's and 80's

Mar 08, 2013 at 11:44 pm by WGNS


Our favorite section - the history of the WGNS studios (in pictorial form)

Mar 08, 2013 at 09:19 pm by WGNS

These are some neat pictures. The photos are from the WGNS studios over the years. These are pictures from the 1940’s to today. You will love viewing the changes in tech.... Read More

WGNS Logo's, Shirt's, Design Ideas from the Past

Mar 08, 2013 at 08:41 pm by WGNS

WGNS has designed thousands of promotional items over the years. Below are just a small sample of past advertising related logo’s, materials and memorabilia. Some of the.... Read More

Past and current WGNS vehicles used in "Live" remotes

Mar 08, 2013 at 07:51 pm by WGNS


1980's: Several ads and news releases from the 1980's

Mar 06, 2013 at 04:39 pm by WGNS


A look into the past:The Rutherford County Courthouse between 1880 and 1950

Jan 19, 2013 at 09:51 am by WGNS

WGNS had an overwhelming response of positive feedback on past post we created that take a look back into Murfreesboro and Rutherford County history. With that being said, we.... Read More

A Pictorial Step Back to the 1900's in Rutherford County

Jan 17, 2013 at 05:52 pm by WGNS

WGNS Officially Adds Two FM's to our AM for the first time

Mar 01, 2007 at 09:35 am by bryan

Another First For WGNS WGNS was proudly the first AM radio station in the United States to begin this expanded FM translator service to our community. The station began.... Read More

2001: The Day the Tower Fell at WGNS

Apr 15, 2001 at 09:33 am by bryan

Three Months of Blessings! A beautiful sunrise begins to fill the Murfree Spring wetland with a brilliant orange glow. The sounds of birds, ducks and even frogs breaks the sil.... Read More

The birth of a GOOD NEIGHBOR--WGNS (1947 - present)

Jan 01, 1947 at 09:27 am by WGNS

A Good Neighbor Is Born As the New Year of 1947 approached, rural Rutherford County had a dramatically different feel than that of today. Approximately 8,000 persons populate.... Read More