WGVS AM 850 Muskegon


Simulcast of WGVU-AM 1480 Kentwood/Grand Rapids

Slogan/Positioner: Real Oldies 1480/850; The Way Oldies Are Meant To Be Heard

Format: Public: Oldies

Web site: www.realoldies1480.com

E-Mail: visit web site

Major Network Affiliation: NPR

Class: B
Power / # of Towers: 1,000 watts / 4, directional
Unlimited operations

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Call Sign History:

  • WGVS: 3/1/1999
  • WKBZ: 1926

Call Sign Origin: Grand Valley State U.

On Air Date: 1926, on AM 1500 in Ludington

Owner: Grand Valley State University

Telephone: (616) 771-6666



  • WGVS-AM (formerly WKBZ) is the oldest station serving Muskegon.
  • 3/1999: Call sign changes: WKBZ-FM/AM become WGVS-FM/AM and the WKBZ calls move to 1520-AM replacing WQWQ.
  • 11/25/1998: WLC Broadcasting returns WKBZ FM/AM to Grand Valley State University as a result of a bankruptcy settlement. GVSU is now simulcasting the WGVU signals on the WKBZ frequencies. WLC retained control of WQWQ-AM 1520 and moved the news-talk format from WKBZ-AM to that frequency.
  • 1996: WKBZ FM/AM sold to WLC Broadcasting.
  • 1995: WKBZ FM/AM 95.3/850 given as a gift to GVSU by Muskegon Lakeshore Broadcasting Inc. owners Robert Jewell and Daniel Thill.
  • 19xx: WKBZ-AM switches frequency to 850.
  • 193x: WKBZ-AM switches frequency to 1490, city of license to Muskegon.
  • 11/1926: WKBZ-AM on air at 1500 in Ludington.



Center of antenna array/transmitter location:

Muskegon County












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