Five Forty Broadcasting Company LLC was formed in December 2011 by Roy Burnette and members of his family for the purpose of purchasing and operating WRGC Radio. Five Forty Broadcasting Company LLC applied for and received a ten year loan from the Jackson County Revolving Loan Fund which is used for companies planning to start up or expand employment opportunities primarily for single females and head of household.
Burnette felt it would be necessary to complete a move from 1000 watts on the A.M. Frequency of 680 to the frequency of 540 A.M at 5000 watts in order for the station to increase the coverage and revenue potential. The former owners had successfully received a construction permit from the FCC for the station to operate at the 540 frequency and at 5000 watts but had not acted upon the authorization.
WRGC underwent a complete makeover in preparation for opening in April 2012. This included a new Harris 5000 watt transmitter, a Kintronics Laboratories Antenna Tuning Unit, a NexGen Automation System, an upgraded broadcast control room console, and several additional technical upgrades including a switch to a cable provider for telephone services and internet services in order to have the upload speeds for future expansion of services.
WRGC Radio began test operations on April 2, 2012. The FCC approved the license transfer to Five Forty Broadcasting Company LLC on June 7th 2012.
The WRGC Radio format is considered a variety mix. About 30% of the music is soft rock from the fifties through the eighties. The remaining 70 percent includes a mix of crossover country and adult contemporary but not the hot AC format. There are live “in studio” announcers from six a.m till six p.m. Tradio is the biggest draw for mid- day listeners between one and two p.m.. The station also places a special concentration on local news, and has affiliation agreements with NCNN News, NBC News, and CNBC Financial News. WRGC has programming agreements with the Atlanta Braves Radio Network, Into The Blue, The Crook and Chase Countdown, The Gospel Greats, and The Catamount Sports Network.
The WRGC Radio slogan is, “From the Heart of Fraser Fir Country this is 540 A-M WRGC Radio”
540 Broadcasting LLC. Contest Rules
From time to time 540 a-m WRGC sponsors contests. Sometimes these contests are simply for tickets to a local venue or event. In these cases the rules are to be announced at the time of the contest and are to be followed explicitly. Such as first, second, or third caller. Contestants can win prizes only once during a 45 day period. Employees and their families are not eligible to win prizes offered through 540 a-m WRGC.
540 Broadcasting Company LLC. Statement
Five Forty Broadcasting Company is chartered through the state of North Carolina as a Limited Liability Corporation, considered to be a partnership. The ownership of Five Forty Broadscasting Company LLC is as follows: 80% Roy Burnette who is the Managing Member of the LLC, Janice Burnette, Melvin Burnette, Karen Burnette, Anita Burnette Ware each with five percent ownership. The FCC requires a specific person as the responsible agent which in the case of Five Forty Broadcasting Company LLC is Roy Burnette. This announcement published in accordance to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission so the public will know the person responsible for the use of the bandwidth and airwaves as assigned by the FCC.