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GEORGIA

         
  State population (2000 census)
8,186,453
     
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
7,504,917
91.7%
  (from both in and out-of-state stations)
  Population in uncovered areas
681,536
  Population receiving AM & FM public radio signal
     
  Stations in State FM stations
20
    FM translators
1
    AM stations
1
     
  1989 PTFP Study: Population receiving a
    FM public radio signal
4,426,000
81%
 

Broadcast Coverage Maps

FM Stations - Detail         FM Stations - Printable

AM Stations - Detail         AM Stations - Printable


Public Radio Stations in State

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria

FM Stations
WABE
90.1
Atlanta    WNGU N
89.5
Dahlonega
WCLK
91.9
Atlanta    WPPR N
88.3
Demorest
WRFG
89.3
Atlanta    WJWV N
90.9
Fort Gaines
WUGA
91.7
Athens    WABR  
91.1
Tifton
WACG
90.7
Augusta    WWET N
91.7
Valdosta
(Aiken, SC)    WXVS
88.9
Waycross
WSVH
91.1
Savannah    W250AC N
97.9
Athens
WJSP  
88.1
Warm Springs WTJB2
91.7
Columbus
   WUNV N
91.7
Albany
(Phenix City, AL)
   WWIO N
89.1
Brunswick WFSU
88.9
Tallahassee
   WUWG1
90.7
Carrollton
(Thomas Cty, GA)
   WDCO  
89.7
Cochran WFSL3 N
90.7
Thomasville

AM Stations

WWOI4          N  1190  St. Marys

1 Licensed to the State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. Operated by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA. 
2Operated by WTSU, Troy, AL.  
3 Operated by WFSQ, Tallahassee, FL.
4Licensed to Lighthouse Christian Broadcasting Corporation, St. Marys, GA. Operated by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA.

General Comments

Most of the state of Georgia receives public radio from Georgia Public Radio (GPR), a state supported network operated by Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission which also operates public television stations throughout the state.  GPR originates most programming from studios in Atlanta.  It also operates staffed stations WUGA Athens, WAGC Augusta and WSVH Savannah that provide both statewide and local programs.  The Atlanta metropolitan area, where over half the state's population lives, is served by three stations which are operated by a non‑profit group, a university and a school board.  There is one public AM station in the state.    

FM Service  

Georgia Public Radio almost doubled the number of stations it operates by constructing six stations in areas identified as unserved in the 1989 PTFP study.  Two of GPR's new stations, WPPR Demorest and WNGU Dahlonega, now provide service to the area northeast of Atlanta.  Four stations were constructed in southern Georgia: WUNV Albany, WWIO Brunswick, WJWV Fort Gaines and WWET Valdosta.  These stations, along with a repeater station constructed by Florida State University in Thomasville, cover large sections of the southern part of the state.  GPR also built a translator to enhance the service in Athens.  The percentage of Georgia residents receiving a public radio signal increased from 81% in 1989 to 91.7% currently.  The number of Georgia residents without public radio service has decreased from 1,037,000 in 1989 to 681,536.

In Atlanta, WABE is constructing a new tower in a location more central to metropolitan Atlanta that will increase its signal strength in the downtown Atlanta area.    

AM Service  

In April 2002, Georgia Public Radio began broadcasting on WWOI 1190 kHz from the coastal community of St. Marys on the Georgia‑Florida border. The station is a daytime-only operation and broadcasts with 1.8 kW of power.

Service from Adjacent States

The transmitter of Georgia Public Radio's WACG, which serves Augusta and the surrounding counties near Georgia's border with South Carolina, is located near Aiken, South Carolina.

The transmitter for WFSU Tallahassee is located in Thomas County, Georgia, across the border with Florida.

Near the Georgia-Florida border, WFSL Thomasville, Georgia, repeats the signal of WFSQ Tallahassee, Florida. 

WTJB serves Columbus, Georgia, from its transmitter site in Phenix City, Alabama, repeating the signal of WTSU Troy, Alabama.

In addition to receiving service from several stations in Alabama and Florida, several counties in Georgia receive public radio signals from stations in South Carolina and Tennessee. 

Unserved Areas

Region A 

Northwest of Atlanta are twelve counties stretching from the Alabama border to the northeast corner of the state where approximately 316,320 people do not receive public radio.  Georgia Public Radio has applied for a permit to construct a repeater station in Rome, Georgia, which would increase public radio coverage in this area.     

Region B 

This is a twelve-county area to the north and east of WDCO Cochran.  The area is principally rural with some national forest holdings.  Approximately 64,288 people in these twelve counties do not receive public radio.    

Region C

This is an eleven-county area in southwest Georgia lying between the signal contours of WJWV Fort Gaines and WUNV Albany.  Approximately 28,748 people in these eleven counties do not receive public radio.  

Region D

This five-county region in southeast Georgia lies along the Florida border.  Much of the area is unpopulated and includes the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.  Approximately 6,000 people live in the area without public radio service.

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