Monday, January 04, 2016

Miss 930

930 WSAZ radio no longer exists.  The only remnant is WSAZ-TV on channel 3 serving Huntington, WV. The original WSAZ-AM permit was applied for by radio engineer Glenn Chase in 1923 to operate in Pomeroy, OH. The city of license moved across the Ohio River to Huntington in 1927. At that point in time the Dept of Commerce was assigning call letters alphabetically and they were assigned after WSAX in Chicago, IL and WSAY in Port Chester, NY.

Fast forward to 1943, Miss 930 was hosting a very successful weekday program called the Women's 930 Club.  It was sponsored by Heiner's Bakery. The daily half-hour show aired at noon. From 1943 to 1950 Miss 930 was Charlotte Garner, aformer Fine Arts student at Ohio Wesleyan University. She was host until about 1950 when she left WSAZ to be a commentator on the short-lived Mary Monroe Show on WCKY Cincinnati, OH. Broadcasting Magazine carried the below blurb in it's March 1950 issue:
For the 7 years the show aired, it programmed a combination of music, and interviews with both celebrities and local. Content focused on typical women's show content of the era: recipes, cleaning, and home-making. Crossley gave the show a 10.0 rating with a 67.6 per cent share of the audience. Garner had about 7,000 listeners on her mailing list. After that marketing success, Garner left radio to work in advertising in Cincinnati. She was employed by the S. Fabian agency, the H & S Pogue Co. and in 1962 the Menderson Agency.

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