Bluewater Broadcasting, LLC a locally owned and operated radio group based in Montgomery, Alabama is proud to be the recipient of two 2014 Abby Awards from the Alabama’s Broadcasters Association; recognizing the best in Alabama Broadcasting.
2014 ABBY AWARD WINNERS – RADIO
- 98.9 WBAM’S morning show host John Garrett won the prestigious “Best In Broadcasting” award for a medium market for the “Bama Country Morning Show with John Garrett”. Garrett has been part of the River Region radio landscape since 1992. John helped sign on WBAM as Bama Country in March of 2004 and returned to host morning drive in 2011.
- Montgomery’s Alternative Rock Station, 104.9 The Gump picked up the Alabama Broadcasters Association award for “Best Medium Market Website”. At 1049thegump.com, listeners can find out “What’s up in the Gump” and hear the latest Alternative Rock music.
Pictured: Greg Budell (left), morning host of News Talk 93.1 – WACV and John Garrett (right), morning host of Bama Country 98.9 – WBAM.
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News Talk 107.9 moves down the dial to 93.1
August 31, 2012 – As of 6:00 PM last night, August 30, News Talk 107.9 listeners found their information station newly relocated to 93.1. This new radio station at 93.1 is licensed to Coosada, AL, owned by Liberty Acquisitions 825 and is being leased by Bluewater as the new home of News Talk for the river region.
Managing partner for Bluewater Broadcasting, Rick Peters commented, “We have enjoyed our relationship with Alexander Broadcasting and they have great plans for 107.9. This new frequency on 93.1 will better serve the downtown area as well as Elmore and Autauga counties.” Peters further states, “There will be no change to the programming whatsoever. All the talk hosts listeners have come to expect from NewsTalk 107.9, Greg Budell, Susan Woody, Dan Morris, Laura Ingraham and Neal Bootz will still be heard… now on 93.1 and www.newstalk931.com.”
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Bluewater Broadcasting, LLC made the following changes today- Operations Manager/ WBAM Program director Mike Alan exits- as does Mario Hendrix, digital content manager.Web Portal Buzz Montgomery has ceased operations and Dan Morris has been replaced as host of Viewpoint on WMRK.
Rick Peters will assume programming responsibilities for WBAM. Dr. Sam Faulk will shift from nights to middays on WBAM. Greg Budell will continue working his existing air shifts on WMRK and WQKS, but will be the temporary host of Viewpoint.
General Manager, Terry Barber comments, “this is a very difficult, somber day at Bluewater Broadcasting. Given the economic and political environment that exists, we feel that we must position our company to withstand continued challenging times. The individuals leaving today are solid broadcasters who will be missed.We continue to add new products and innovative ways for businesses to market to our listeners. This now becomes the responsibility of our management and sales team to monetize these products.”
Montgomery, AL, February, 2011
Bluewater Broadcasting, LLC is happy to announce the addition of John Garrett to the Bama Country Morning Show. John Garrett was the original morning show host when Bama Country signed on the air in 2004.
Bluewater Broadcasting Operations Manager, Mike Alan, says “I welcome John Garrett back to the morning time slot. He has been hosting the Legends Lunch on Bama Country for over a year and is well known in Montgomery.”
Changes in the programming line-up are as follows:
5:30a-10a The Bama Country Morning Show with John Garrett
10a-2p Middays with Mike Alan
2p-6p Bubba on Afternoons
Bama Country 98.9 WBAM is known for local shows “Legends Saturday Night” with Bubba as well as “The Legends Lunch” weekdays from 12-1p, Lia weeknights from 7-12p, “Rise Up Country” Sundays from 6-8a, Bob Kingsley 8-12p, and Kix Brooks Sunday 6-10p. Bama Country 98.9 WBAM is owned by Bluewater Broadcasting.
Gone are the days of hearing artists like The Platters, The Temptations, Jan and Dean, Beach Boys or Tommy James and the Shondells; instead you’ll hear artists like: Pearl Jam, Green Day, Weezer, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, and Alice in Chains.
The name has sparked national attention in the radio industry. With all of them wondering why a radio station would name themselves after Forrest Gump. When In-fact, “The Gump” isn’t named after a fictional character played by Tom Hanks at all, but rather, what rapper Deuce Komradz nicknamed the City of Montgomery – a nickname that has caught on over the years with locals.
When asked why the station was flipped from Oldies to Modern Rock, station owner Rick Peters said, “Listening to it in real time makes me realize how OLD all the other rock stations – including my own – sound to real New Rock partisans. Frankly, for an “old guy”, I find the music a refreshing change from another Pink Floyd or Beatles song. If Radio is losing a whole generation (or two) of listeners to new media such as iPods and Pandora – it’s our own fault. Gotta give it at least one last try before we decay into a 45+ medium.”
When asked about having to check with a board of directors before the flip Peters responded, “I have the best job in radio. I feel blessed to not have to ask permission or justification for trying something ‘out of the box’. We’re local folks helping local businesses. We’ll see if The Gump is embraced by the market. It’s always been about shaking things up.”
Shaking things up indeed. You can hear The Gump on 104.9 FM and 1170 AM and on their website 1049thegump.com